Andy Warhol’s “Little Red Hen”.

If the text wasn’t there to tell me,
I don’t think I would recognise the illustration artwork of the late great Andy Warhol

Those illustrations are for the children’s story “The Little Ren Hen” and are pretty much the exact opposite of everything Andy Warhol was known for.

Warhol was a book illustrator from 1957-1961 and what can I say?
These drawings just don’t do anything for me.

But,
A children’s tale illustrated by Andy Warhol?

That’s a rare thing.

“Borrow & Never Give Back”.

Remember that song “Follow The Yellow Brick Road” from “The Wizard Of Oz”?

“Follow the yellow brick road.
Follow the yellow brick road.
Follow, follow, follow, follow,
Follow the yellow brick road”
.

Well,
Every time I walk into a library,
That song plays in my head on a loop.
Except the lyrics are different.

“Borrow and never give back.
Borrow and never give back.
Borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow,
Borrow and never give back”
.

And folks,
That’s why to this day,
I can’t get a library card in the whole district of Lanarkshire.

Y’see,
Sometime around the early 1990’s I borrowed and never gave back a book called:
“A Nasty Piece of Work: The Art & Graft of Spitting Image.

I fucking loved that book.
It detailed the sketches, technique, concepts and work that went into the satirical 1980’s puppet T.V. show “Spitting Image” by illustrator Roger Law:

Anyways,
One day the book fell apart in my hands and the last I saw of it,
The pages got blown all the way up Stewart Street in Bellshill.

That book is long gone out of print now and I’ve been looking all over the internet for some of the pictures from the book.
I found nothing.

But!
I did find a mint copy of the book on http://www.abebooks.co.uk/ and bought it straight away.

Here are some photos of the puppets from the book:

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