Kids’ book reissues don’t get much more bizarre than the Baggage book by Samuil Marshak and Vladimir Lebedev, which has just returned courtesy of Tate Publishing.
Baggage was first published in Russia (or USSR if you prefer) in 1926 as part of a plan for a new style of picture book via the ‘Commissariat of Enlightenment’ to educate the children of the revolution. It was a collaboration between the poet and writer, Samuil Marshak, and the avant-garde artist, Vladimir Lebedev and as such, will probably interest art-loving parents as much as the kids.
As for the book, it’s a rather more straightforward tale of one lady, her luggage and her small dog, as we follow the passage of all in wonderful period illustration.
£8.96 gets you a copy.