Monday, 17 April 2017
The Adventures of Plonk
Plonk was created by Joan M. Davies MFPS.
At the tender age of 17 Joan earned a scholarship to the prestigious Manchester School of Art.
She found herself on a six year training course, one of only six granted throughout the entire United Kingdom.
She gained distinctions in both anatomy and the history of architecture, studying under Mr Dodd, who had himself studied under Picasso.
An example of her art was praised by L. S. Lowry in an article in The Manchester Guardian, in which he described her as "One of the coming artists of the day."
She began drawing her character Plonk -based on the farthing coin- and the book The Adventures of Plonk was first published in 1944.
Recently the distinguished fashion designer Hussein Chalyan MBE asked for permission to use of the the Plonk illustrations for a Paris fashion show.
Joan M. Davies died in 1991 aged 69. And the book has been republished by her daughter, Elizabeth Gordon.
But now we can again enjoy the adventures of her charming character Plonk.
Nobody knew anything about Plonk. Nobody knew where he was from, or even how or why he was called Plonk.
He lived alone on an island in the middle of the sea. During the summertime he loved to bathe in the sea water.
In the winter he liked to skate in the ice and play in the snow.
But he became lonely. So lonely that he began to cry.
A witch who was passing by took Plonk high up into the sky, terrifying poor Plonk. She took him to her castle and she cruelly made him work, carrying her basket that was far too heavy for him to carry.
Eventually he ran away from the witch and he met an amazing array of characters and had a lot of wonderful adventures and was made to suffer by ignorant people until in the end a kindly gnome took pity on him and asked a good fairy to help Plonk go back to his island.
But that's not the end of this charming tail that teaches many important life lessons that are as valid now as they were in 1944.
This is an ideal book for children to read by themselves and also to have read with them.
It is published by Matador Children's Books at £7.99 and can be bought here at our own bookshop https://goo.gl/Ltov34.