The name of the principal character 'Gran'pop' suggests an American scenario, but this is an English book for English children, featuring an aged chimpanzee (Gran'pop) in a variety of situations, along with numerous other characters - piglets, kittens, rabbits, young chimps etc. - each full-page picture with a matching text story on the facing page. Colourful and amusing, it was designed to appeal to youngsters in the 1930s and 40s, but still has a charm for the modern reader.
Lawson Wood, sometimes Clarence Lawson Wood, (1878–1957), was an English painter, illustrator and designer known for humorous depictions of cavemen and dinosaurs, policemen, and animals, especially a chimpanzee called Gran'pop, whose annuals circulated around the world in a very 1930s style.
Our copy was published circa 1943 and is in good condition, printed in a large format, with pictorial card wraps. The exterior is generally rather grubby with age, but shows almost no frank signs of wear apart from some light creasing at the top outer corners and a couple of white marks on the bottom of the back cover (see photos). The stapled binding is firm, and inside, all pages are clean and as bright as is consistent with their age, with some very occasional light foxing and finger marks.