I had a small piece of good fortune today while shopping with my mum. I found a copy of Masquerade in a charity shop in Marlow for 30p!
For those of you who are too young to remember, or not British, Masquerade is a book written and illustrated by artist, Kit Williams in 1979. It is a story of the Moon who falls in love with Sun. The Moon creates a jewel for her love and employs the quick hare, Jack, to deliver her gift to the Sun. Unfortunately, Jack loses the jewel somewhere along the way.
It was in fact a real jewel made by the artist and the book served as a treasure hunt for anyone at the time willing to go and find the jewel (a golden hare, see below). It was buried somewhere in the UK and only by answering the riddles and puzzles could the precise location be found. This caused a real furore at the time and it was a race to find the hare. The details of who found the hare and where are here on Wikipedia.
We had the book at home and I always loved it for the amazing illustrations and the story itself. My parents’ copy now lives with my nieces, who also love it for the same reasons I did, so it’s lovely to have a copy of my very own. Anyway, this book reminded me very much of two lovely bee friends. Very obviously, Carol from The Running Hare and also Liz of Dandelion Daydreams. Check out the pages from the book below to see ‘Liz’ in action and see if you can find the hare in the illustration (there’s one on every page of the book somewhere). I quite like the idea of Liz hanging around in the sky trying to find lost dreams (when she’s not being a mum, wife, working or studying insanely hard, that is).
Anyway, that’s it from me today, but if you see a copy of the book languishing in a charity shop, definitely buy it!
Happy Wednesday to you all