Saturday, May 07, 2011

365 Doodles - Day 127

A pen and ink study of two characters from one of my favourite childhood books, Bottersnikes and Gumbles by Australian writer S A Wakefield and artist Desmond Digby. I loved the inventiveness of it with the lazy, cantankerous Bottersnikes who live on rubbish tips and the fun-loving Gumbles. Wonderful childhood memories beaten only by the Uncle books of J P Martin and Quentin Blake.

All four Bottersnikes and Gumbles books (particularly the last one, Gumbles in trouble, are really hard to find now. The Uncle books are even worse. the first two have been republished several times but the other three have never been republished and copies exchange hands for hundreds of pounds. Still, the books are kept alive by a friend of mine called Tony Bannister who runs a topical comedy blog called Tales from Homeward.

I've blogged about Uncle previously here.

4 comments:

Simon Rudd said...

thats a fantastic doodle :D

lizwoolly said...

Aaah, I have a yellowed, battered, falling-apart paperback simply called UNCLE, it's a 1st NEL edition from Oct 1967, think it belongs to my brother or elder sister, was 1st published in '64, love the fact that it has a competition in back cover to win a continental jet holiday! you need 2 entry tokens from the books, unfortunately I only have the 1, & the closing date is 4/10/68!! (entries had to be in your best handwriting!) x

Stevyn Colgan said...

Simon - Thanks!

Liz - But have you read it? It's a classic of silliness. The names are particularly brilliant especially the Badfort crowd. Beaver Hateman ... Isadore Hitmouse ... Firlon Hootman ... Wonderful! x

lizwoolly said...

oh yes, read & loved! duck bombs! Nailrod Hateman! Mig & the Muncle & Noddy Ninety :D huuurrr! x