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Hangovers, hipsters and mindfulness: Ladybird books have been redesigned for grown-ups

Isabelle Aron

Before Google came along and you could get all your education from a search engine, kids had to rely on good old fashioned Ladybird books to explain such complex issues as cake decorating, hovercrafts and space travel. But now the classic series has had a modern-day makeover to help weary adults deal with the woes of twenty-first century life. To celebrate 100 years of Ladybird books, the publishers have released eight spoof titles, including 'The Ladybird Book of The Hipster' and other tongue-in-cheek self-help books on hangovers, dating, mindfulness and having a mid-life crisis.

The new titles have been written by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris, who've written for TV shows including 'Miranda' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'. But if the images look familiar, that's because they are. The publishers have cleverly picked out original images from the Ladybird archive to go with the authors' snide commentary:

And let's face it, learning how to deal with hangovers is way more practical than getting bogged down with all that space travel nonsense.

See more of the new Ladybird book covers:

Want more light reading? Someone's written a cookbook from shopping lists found in London supermarkets.

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