Ann in the Moon

Ann in the Moon by Frances D. Francis.

Illustrated by Alan Aldridge.

Published by Bancroft, London, 1970. Hardback, 1st edition. No dustjacket, but I assume it never had one, seeing as the frontcover still has the old price label stuck to it. (21/- or £1.05, in case you’re wondering…)

This book is an example of how confusing and confounding and surprising collecting Alice books can be: I have discovered most of my books by stumbling across them in shops or jumble sales; or by searching the various bookselling internet sites for ‘alice spoof‘, ‘alice parody‘, or any puns I can think of on ‘Wonderland’.
So where the hell do you start when the book is called ‘Ann in the Moon’?

I only came across this when a bookseller I had purchased from before mentioned it to me. And I love it. I’m not even sure exactly what makes it an Alice book, but the pictures certainly help:

I knew Alan Aldridge’s stuff well as a child: I loved Butterfly Ball and the Beatles pictures.  There’s a wiki page on him here if you want to know more about him.

Frances D. Francis, however, is more of a mystery. If anyone knows anything about her, I’d love to hear it….

On amazon: Ann in the Moon

4 Responses to “Ann in the Moon”

  1. 1 gillian Simpson
    March 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I had quite forgoten Butterfly Ball. Love these pictures.

  2. May 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Beatles artist Alan Aldridge did a stunning magazine cover Deepak Chopra’s MYMAG check it on the home page MYMAG.com.

  3. 4 Roderick Tindle
    July 27, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Frances D Francis was an elderly widow when Ann in the Moon was published. I was teaching 9 year olds in Keynsham near Bristol and I read the story to them. We then did a project on the story and sent off some of the children’s illustrations to her. I was contacted by her solicitor who asked if she could visit the children to thank them; I think I remember that she lived in Dunster, Somerset, so her solicitor brought her and the visit was very successful.

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