Tidy Titch; Tiny Ted; Alfie's Alphabet; The Snow Angel; Two Monsters; Oscar got the blame
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Oscar got the blame
Size is not everything but it is amazing how it can change a book's character and appeal. Some of these miniature editions (10.5 x 14cm) of full-size picture books suffer from being reduced. Illustrations conceived and executed in a larger format lose some of their clarity, crispness and detail: it is difficult to identify all the toys cluttering the bedrooms of Titch's brother and sister in Tidy Titch, for example, or to spot Tiny Ted at all in the first illustration to that title. This shortcoming is not present in Alfie's Alphabet, the only 'original' Mini Treasure. The typeface here is also larger and as a result the book can still be shared by child and adult.
On the other hand, the pleasures experienced when reading the original versions are somehow magnified when revisited through the pages of miniature versions which can be taken out of a pocket and read in all manner of unlikely or secret places. Their smallness gives these titles an almost seductive appeal and at ninety-nine pence - less than the price of a birthday card - they are also easily affordable.