The Butterfly Ball

The Butterfly Ball

Alan Aldridge

Publication: Published
Illustrations: 90 full colour
Price: £14.99 (deluxe slipcase edition £19.99)
Extent: 96pp
Format: 225 x 210mm
Binding: Hardback
Territory: British & Commonwealth (Templar), North America (Templar/Candlewick), Australia (Hardie Grant)
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  • A sparkling new edition of the classic picture book, now back in print for the first time in 20 years
  • With a new foreword by Alan Aldridge


In 1973, the acclaimed artist Alan Aldridge - who during the 1960s and 1970s was responsible for a great many album covers, and helped create the graphic style of that era - created a picture book that was loosely based on the poem by William Roscoe, written in 1802, telling the story of a party for insects and other small animals. Aldridge's stunning series of illustrations of a series of brightly coloured creatures was accompanied by verses written by William Plomer. Much to Aldridge's surprise, The Butterfly Ball & The Grasshopper's Feast sold 50,000 hardback copies in its first three weeks of publishing, and went on to reach 250,000 by Christmas, and over a million worldwide in its first year, in ten languages. It spawned a cartoon movie, merchandise and a hit album and concerts by Deep Purple's Roger Glover.

Now, in this splendid new edition this classic work will delight a new generation of readers.


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