First published in 1972 by, the aptly named, Young Lions, ‘Parsley The Lion’ was a story book to tie in with the popular Herbs TV spin off ‘The Adventures of Parsley’. The book was written by Michael Bond and lovingly illustrated by Ivor Wood throughout.
This second edition of ‘Parsley The Lion’ was printed in 1987 and features Ivor’s colourful illustrations on the front cover. The first edition featured a still from the show, portraying Parsley and Dill fixing his car from the episode ‘Parsley’s Breakdown’.
At FimFair, producer Graham Clutterbuck, actively encouraged his staff to take on a variety of different jobs and this often meant illustrating the various programmes they created for books and merchandise. In his time at the studio Ivor produced illustrations not only for The Herbs and Adventures of Parsley but The Wombles and Paddington in his trade mark sketchy line.
The drawings were often sketched and painted on two layers to give the printer and publisher options to print in colour or black and white. As we see in some of the illustrations Ivor has used watercolour to add vibrancy and pick out the recognisable shades of all the characters.
Another book does exist within the same collection named ‘Parsley Parade’ which also looks to be illustrated by Ivor but copies are short so this maybe a post for another day.