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The definitive guide to all the Toby Twirl Books and history:




'The  Toby Twirl Adventure Books - "A Collector's Guide" by Martin Hockley' ISBN 0-9544720-0-4

Published by Toby Twirl Ltd - © Copyright 2003

This book is printed on top quality satin finished paper with a fully sewn paperback spine and laminated cover.

This extensively researched 60 page book is the official and definitive full colour ‘Collector’s Guide’ to the ‘Toby Twirl Adventure Books', and other items. Toby Twirl was a popular children's story character, similar in style to Rupert Bear.  These delightful books, written by Sheila Hodgetts and illustrated by Edward Jeffrey, published 1946 – 1958, are now equally very sought after by the new collector as those who remember them as their childhood favouriteThe 'Collector's Guide' tells the story of Toby Twirl featuring exclusive photographs and biography sections for Sheila Hodgetts and Edward Jeffrey. The book also includes an up to date value guide with full colour pictures of the 'Toby Twirl' books, collectable items, and 'rarities'. The value guide is based on items in 'VG' condition, however, it also explains how to grade and value books in better, worse or in between conditionsCollectors and book dealers alike will find this handbook an essential and valuable companion.

Independent Reviews:

By TheBookGuide.co.uk: "A Collector's Guide" by Martin Hockley - I should admit from the outset to being something of a Toby Twirl fan. As a child in the fifties, he caught my imagination in a way Rupert simply failed to. The pictures just seemed to have a vibrancy and "life" that his better known, and ultimately much more famous rival lacked. Martin Hockley’s slim volume will certainly awaken memories in many and perhaps introduce Toby Twirl to a wider audience. The short biographies of Toby's author and illustrator are particularly welcome, as little or no information had previously been available. However, the book's primary value is as a collector’s guide. The "Toby Twirl Adventures" and "Toby Twirl Tales" series will be familiar to many collectors and children’s book dealers but some of the other titles, particularly those in the "rarities" section, were new to me. A full description and high quality photograph of every title, together with issue points, make for easy identification. A price guide is included, which while useful, perhaps understates the comparative rarity of some of the titles. This indispensable guide can be purchased directly from the author at martin@tobytwirl.co.uk

Mike Goodenough. 09.05.03  (TheBookGuide.co.uk)

This is what Sheila Hodgetts herself says about this essential guide:

 'The Toby Twirl Adventure Books - "A Collector's Guide" by Martin Hockley -  As the author of the Toby Twirl books I congratulate Martin Hockley on His Collector's Guide to the Toby Twirl Adventure Books, which is a beautifully produced and constructed book.

 I particularly like the way he has shown the order of publication and the contents of each book, and the "rarities" section is also of particular interest. The Collector's Guide gives a comprehensive view of the whole period during which I wrote the Toby Twirl Adventure Books.  I imagine it will be of great value to all those who collect the Toby Twirl books and memorabilia'. -  Sheila Hodgetts. 19.5.03

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"Have read the book and just want to say how delighted I was to find this. I tried some years back to look into the history of the book (before the internet!), tried contacting the publishers who are no longer there, and found nothing, so to read this book was great. I thought I was the only Toby Twirl fan, now I know I'm not!  Many thanks" (May 2006).

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This very special limited edition A4 sized full colour book will be the first new Toby Twirl publication since 1958!  It's a children's 'Christmas story and Activity Sticker Book' that retains all of the original timeless charm and magic of Toby Twirl and yet successfully combines this with the modern genre of children's sticker activity books.
The Sticker Book is packed full with plenty of festive fun and reading for children aged 4 to 8 yrs (not excluding parents, grandparents or Toby Twirl collector's of all ages of course!) and features the following:
  • Toby Twirl and the Reindeer - Story by Sheila Hodgetts

  • Toby Twirl and Friends Stickers - 2 pages of coloured stickers

  • Game: Potato Race - An objective challenge board game

  • Game: Let Us All Go Sledging - A traditional double paged board game

  • Sticker Landscape - Make your own picture with the stickers

  • Pictures for you to Colour - 4 pages of pictures to colour

  • Features all original artwork by e.jeffrey digitally re-mastered

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                   Original Toby Twirl Books Available !

If you are looking for the best quality original Toby Twirl books I may be able to help - just send an email requesting the latest catalogue of top quality 'Collector's Condition' Toby Twirl books available - please state which catalogue you require: 'Annuals'/'Tales'/'Rarities' or 'Related' - the catalogue/s you request will be sent to you by return email - please send your request to the email address below:




Many extremely rare items all in the very best collector's condition including pop-up books, 'annuals' and 'tales' many with their original dust wrappers, colour strip books, large format books full details and price on application by email  martin@tobytwirl.co.uk  

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