This book description says it's original title is 'The Best Loved Bear' and the reviews also seem to be for ' The Best Loved Bear'. I have not read Th...moreThis book description says it's original title is 'The Best Loved Bear' and the reviews also seem to be for ' The Best Loved Bear'. I have not read The Best Loved Bear - the Best Dressed Bear is by the same author, but a different book.
It is about a little boy who becomes anxious about growing up, when he sees his mother packing away some of his old clothes (including his Playcentre top that his Dad knitted - I really liked the NZ reference to Playcentre, and also the fact that it was his father that did the knitting). When his mum catches him trying to put the clothes back on and crying over the fact they no longer fit him, he explains how he doesn't want to grow up and just wants things to be the same. In the end he is calmed by his mother telling him some of the good things about growing up and he comes up with the idea of dressing his much loved teddy in the clothes so he can hold onto them a bit longer. A simple but touching wee story with nice illustrations - my three year old really enjoyed it, and I enjoyed reading it to her.(less)
Enid Blyton was one of my favourite childhood authors, the Magic Faraway Tree stories being my all-time favourites of hers, but somehow I never did di...moreEnid Blyton was one of my favourite childhood authors, the Magic Faraway Tree stories being my all-time favourites of hers, but somehow I never did discover the Wishing Chair stories until I was all grown up with children of my own. I have had great fun reading these delightful stories to my kids, the stories so sweet and simple but highly imaginative and charming. My favourite part of reading them however has been the look in my five year old son's big blue eyes, all huge and sparkly with wonder, as he absorbs the words, and when he comes up with his own cute scenarios of where he would go if he had his very own wishing-chair. The perfect bedtime story, really, mellow enough that he doesn't get all hyped up before attempting to fall asleep, but with enough adventure to keep him captivated.(less)
While much of the content is obviously still disturbing and upsetting, I got much more from this reading. I...moreRe-read 2014 and bumped from 2 stars to 4.
While much of the content is obviously still disturbing and upsetting, I got much more from this reading. I think the main problem when I first read this (over ten years ago)was that I watched the film before reading the book, and I really despised the film, (and wouldn't bother watching it again), so my reading experience was tainted by this. Also reading in the introduction (to the first version I read) about the author's wife being the victim of gang-rape, made me feel quite sickened like he'd used her horrific ordeal as a creative opportunity for him to explore the psyche of the perpetrator with not enough regard to the pain of the victim (in this case his very own wife). I still feel a bit that way actually, less so than before I really noted the differences between the film and the novel, but I don't know enough of the background story to make that judgement call really.
I do know I got more of the dystopian philosophies behind it this time, the importance of choice and free-will, the possibility that even very immoral people can choose to change and make the decision to act morally, that the potential methods authorities may (hypothetically) choose to enforce others to behave in a moral way, would make them no better than the criminal etc.
I don't remember the last chapter from my first reading, so not sure if the first version I read did contain it or not, but I think it is a better ending and offers some hope, though at the same time feels quite unrealistic!
Not sure 4 star is really the 'right' rating for me to give to A Clockwork Orange as I don't 'really like it', in terms of content and its origins, but I did enjoy the style and in particular deciphering the Nadsat (this time I read the kindle version and could not be bothered going back and forth to the glossary, the whole time).(less)
Read many of the Babysitters Club series during my childhood/early adolescence, and although I have heard a bit of criticism regarding how poorly writ...moreRead many of the Babysitters Club series during my childhood/early adolescence, and although I have heard a bit of criticism regarding how poorly written and formulaic they are, I have no problem admitting, they brought me many happy hours of light fun reading. I got very caught up in the characters and their lives and always awaited the next installment in the series eagerly. I will enjoy giving the set (which I recently re-acquired) to my daughter in a few years time. She is currently enjoying the Little Sister series by the same author(s), and am pretty certain she will have fun with this series also.(less)