The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley Classic BBC kid's animation by Michael Bond
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" PARSLEY THE LION "
Same book -2 print runs
The 1st publication in 1972
By Armada Lion (William Collins)
A 1994 reprint,
published by Diamond Books.
9 stories mirroring episodes
from The Adventures of Parsley
Written by Michael Bond
Drawings by Ivor Wood.
Drawings only -no series photos
1. Dill's Dabbles
2. Egg Trouble
3. Parsley's Endurance Test
4. Parsley's Invention
5. Mr.Onion and Self-defence
6. Dill's Television
7. Parsley's Car
8. Parsley's Breakdown
9. Dill's "Who's Who" Entry.
NOT JUST FOR KIDS ....
These books prove why The Adventures of Parsley struck such a chord with mums and dads as well as their kids.
The Herbs had been a Watch With Mother lunchtime series designed solely for pre-schoolers.
But the sequel had to appeal to a much broader audience, as it filled the early evening slot vacated by The Magic Roundabout.
So,Michael Bond ensured the kids got plenty of gags & slapstick,but also gave the adults plenty of the dry,sardonic wit and philosophical musings that they'd enjoyed so much from Dougal and friends (whilst ostensibly just waiting for the news broadcast that followed of course !)
All 3 books are very similar in format & style,so this one double page interior shot is representative of all of them - here.
" PARSLEY PARADE "
This was also brought out in 1972 to accompany the 'Parsley the Lion" version. And simply had a different 9 stories lifted from The Adventures of Parsley.
I've not seen any later reprints of this particular one however.But all the other publishing details for "Parsley the Lion" also apply to "Parsley Parade",and the stories are as follows:-
1: The Sound of the Sea 2: Holiday Time 3: Looking into the Future
4: Exam Time 5: Looking for Work 6: Parsley's Telegram
7: Dill's Stately Kennel 8: Dill's Restaurant 9: Dill's Pop Group.