Michael Rosen welcomed the new books, saying: ‘We all love parodies and there is an extra frisson if it’s children’s stuff because there is something naughty about it.’
However, he cautioned: ‘It is a bit tricky because it blurs the lines between children’s lit and adult lit and people get nervous that children will get their hands on them.’
Bestselling author Joanna Trollope said she feared the series is simply ‘cashing in on the commercial success of the Ladybird books.
‘The Ladybird books are subtly clever and witty because they use the original illustrations. This sounds to me a bit laboured, a bit pretentious and a bit facetious.’