Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch
Jun25

Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch

Oh my God, Jamrach’s Menagerie is not for the faint-hearted. Seriously, don’t read it if you are easily upset. I loved it, it’s genius, but I have never cried so much over a book. I was blubbing like a baby, in absolute bits over it. Twice. Warning over. Carol Birch’s novel is set in Victorian times and paints a quirky, colourful picture of the slums in London. Jaffy Brown is an 8 year old boy with a pretty...

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Dressing up shoes
Jun23

Dressing up shoes

My daughter bought these shoes from the Disney Shop the other day. With her own money. But I wasn’t happy. I don’t mind dressing up shoes which are dressing up shoes. Little clippy-cloppy things that 3 and 4 year olds wear at home with princess dresses. But these are crossing a line. The distinction between dressing up shoes and actual shoes is becoming blurred and I don’t like it. I know why she wanted them....

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Hitler, Japanese smokers and builders
Jun23

Hitler, Japanese smokers and builders

B1 has studied World War 2 at school, so sometimes he talks about Hitler. Sometimes he talks about Japanese people smoking – and why wouldn’t you?! It’s just an everyday topic of conversation. And some other random, weird stuff from my kids… B1 age 9 3/4: B2 kicked me. Me: Why did he kick you? B1: Because I said he loved Hitler. B1 age 9 3/4: What would happen if you took the screen off the telly? LG age 5 (she...

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Feeding the monster 2
Jun22

Feeding the monster 2

My blog is like a hungry monster, constantly demanding to be fed more and more information, more and more stories. Sometimes I worry that it is getting just a bit too personal. I always maintain I blog anonymously, but there are one or two fairly major flaws in this. 1) That my only readers for most of the lifetime of my blog were my own friends on Facebook 2) I use my real name on Twitter. Because I’m so naive that, when I...

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Feeding the monster
Jun21

Feeding the monster

Keeping my blog going, constantly coming up with new things to write, is like feeding a monster. And he is a very hungry beast. I started my blog on a whim last summer. I’d been writing down my kids’ funny questions and comments in a notebook for about a year, with a view to doing ‘something’ with them. A blog was one option, but I had no idea how easy it was to start one. Then I was reading my friend’s...

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