Don’t Panic: And Other Life Lessons from Little Golden Books

For a book-loving kid growing up in the 1970s and 80s, no trip to the supermarket was complete without angling for a foil-spined special treat, in the form of a Little Golden Book.

Diane Muldrow, editorial director at Golden Books, has put together a nostalgia-inducing gift book of the collective wisdom she’s taken from the books over the decades, illustrated with images from the Golden Book archives.

It’s probably a good idea not to take the traditional-flavoured ‘wisdom’ in Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Golden Book too seriously (the advice ‘be romantic’ is illustrated with a princess being carried off on a horse by her prince, for example). But as a novelty item designed to transport grown-ups down memory lane, it works.