I grew up with Peter and Jane. Recently those Ladybird key word reading books have become ‘retro cool’….. regurgitated into kitsch lifestyle and homeware accessories for the children of the sixties and seventies.
I remember my brother and I stealing them back and forth from each other, not to read, just to ‘have’. I didn’t actually like them very much. …. Jane, the bitch, with her blonde hair, alice band and little white socks. Jane, or Jane’s doppelganger went to my school except there, she was called Alison Royton. Alison was annoyingly ‘good’ and nauseatingly helpful, top of the class in pretty much everything, and was chosen for every team, prefect, form monitor, Mary in the nativity play (I was a goat). That’s why I didn’t like Peter and Jane.