It examines the grand tradition of the bloke's shed (in this case a room downstairs) and the influence of this...moreI'm not sure what to make of this book.
It examines the grand tradition of the bloke's shed (in this case a room downstairs) and the influence of this on the kids.
Too Good dispairs that her dad is always too busy to read to her - he is always tinkering with his latest project down in his room. He always seems to be moving onto the next project before the previous one is finished.
Then Too Good discovers Dad's latest project is writing a book for her tenth birthday. Will he finish it? Will he read a book to her?
So the moral seems to be that you can be an absent father as long as you love your kids? Or maybe it is a cautionary tale for absent fathers that they should spend time with their kids... Or maybe a reminder for kids that secretly their absent father really does love them...(less)
I dislike the Large Family series by Jill Murphy (see my review of A Piece of Cake for why). But I thought I would give Jill a go outside of this seri...moreI dislike the Large Family series by Jill Murphy (see my review of A Piece of Cake for why). But I thought I would give Jill a go outside of this series.
My main complaint about the Large Family series was that they were written from an adult perspective. All for One does well by swapping the main character from the adults back to the child (in this case Marlon). The is a good first step, but I still feel that Marlon's feelings, behaviour and interactions with the other children in the story (Basher, Boomps-a-daisy and Alligatina) represent what an adult would see if they viewed the situation - rather than how a child would feel and react.
I think that the Simpsons did the whole 'nobody liked me until I got a pool' plot better in 1994's Bart of Darkness - particularly in noting how shallow friendships based on possessions are.