Bunchy by Joyce Lankester Brisley


Written by Joyce Lankester Brisley

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Best-known for creating Milly-Molly-Mandy, Joyce Lankester Brisley’s Bunchy, though equally charming, is often overlooked. The ten stories about her pre-school life with her grandmother capture the simplicity of childhood imagination and play. Feeling lonely, Bunchy makes a pastry doll to be a playmate; bringing in the clothes pegs, Bunchy realises that they can be dressed and turned into little play people. It’s simple, domestic stuff with a period feel that quaint but not off putting.

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Bunchy by Joyce Lankester Brisley

Bunchy lives all alone with her grandmother in a cottage in the country. But Bunchy is never lonely - how can she be with all her special friends? The pastry girl, the Scribbles family, who started life on the back of an envelope, the naughty clothes-peg people who almost made Bunchy fall off the clothesline! - and of course the little wooden sailor-doll...


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About the Author

Joyce Lankester Brisley

Joyce Lankester Brisley (1896-1978) was born in Bexhill, England. Her first stories about Milly-Molly-Mandy were printed in 1925 in the Christian Science Monitor, and a collection appeared in book form in 1928. She wrote and illustrated six collections of stories about Milly-Molly-Mandy. The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook was published in the UK in September 1996. She also illustrated books by other authors, including the classic Ursula Moray Williams story, Adventures of a Little Wooden Horse.

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Jane Nissen Books

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1st September 2005




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Jane Nissen Books is an imprint of Jane Nissen Books

logo Upon retirement from Penguin in 2001, and with the belief that children of the 21st Century should have access to some of the best-loved books of the 20th Century, many of which have gone out of print over the years, Jane Nissen set up her own publishing company with the sole purpose of bringing lost children's classics back into print. In 2007, Jane was granted the Eleanor Farjeon Award for distinguished service to the world of British children's books.

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