“Learning New Words”: Educational Children’s Book Parody By Miriam Elia
Featured below are some of the funniest examples from the Dung Beetle Learning books – brilliant dark humor parodies of the much-loved British Ladybird early learning children’s books of the 1960s. Created by Miriam Elia.
Dung Beetle Learning books are designed to make scary subjects approachable for the under 5s. Printed in bold colours and written in a clear and cheerful tone, each book will drag families into the darker recesses of the collective unconscious, for their broader cultural benefit.
Dung Beetle are an educational publishing house founded in 1936 in Dunging, a small village in Hampshire renowned for the high quality of its manure. Originally set up by a family of Presbyterian manure workers, the founders set out to deliver to children’s publishing the same fine standards of workmanship and attention to detail as they once did to dung.
Dung Beetle continue to produce high quality books and early learning tools covering a range of sensitive or difficult topics. Their key goal is simple: To embed core literacy and numeracy skills into the child’s first knowledge of evil and death.
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