For those who haven't read the first book, here's a brief synopsis of the general series. The Naughtiest Girl in the School followed Elizabeth Allen wFor those who haven't read the first book, here's a brief synopsis of the general series. The Naughtiest Girl in the School followed Elizabeth Allen who, after being a mostly spoiled and naughty child for most of her life, was sent to school. After the first half-term being the naughtiest girl in the school she soon finds the error of her ways and changes, this book follows her adventures during the Winter term at Whyteleaf School where she gets into even more trouble despite her best attempts not too.
Being 24 and reading this (a big difference to when I read the first book as a little girl) I thought I might find this one pretty silly. I didn't however! If I'm honest the plot doesn't differ much from book to book. Yes, different things happen and Elizabeth matures quite a bit but the general premise is the same: Elizabeth tries to do something good and it backfires. There are some very valuable lessons about friendship, loyalty and even bullying in this novel and I think this would be an enjoyable read for a lot of young ten and under's but having said that, it's good nostalgia for adults who grew up reading Enid Blyton.
There will be some elements that a lot of people will find incredibly old fashioned (such as the idea of sweets causing spots, yes I know they didn't have all the research on hormones then, but still) And some ideas nagged at me; just because a girl isn't overly pretty does not mean she's horrid and spiteful, as some of the characters were painted to be. My overall consensus though is that you really need to take this book with a pinch of salt. Don't take all of it too seriously and it's a light, entertaining read :-) ...more
**spoiler alert** I'll always remember this book for two characters: The porcupine and the Ant (Aunt) Eater! Enough said really, if you have a weird s**spoiler alert** I'll always remember this book for two characters: The porcupine and the Ant (Aunt) Eater! Enough said really, if you have a weird sense of humour or are just plain strange, give this a go! I swear i'll never be mean and sit down somewhere strange to eat sweets again, i just don't wanna risk getting spines being pulled out of my ass by the dentist :-p...more
This book was one of the first 'proper books' i owned, way back when i was a young kid. I love George's marvelous medicine, and i remember myself andThis book was one of the first 'proper books' i owned, way back when i was a young kid. I love George's marvelous medicine, and i remember myself and my friend trying to come up with our own ideas for our own marvelous medicine (don't worry we didn't try and actually make it, let alone drink it) :-)
Matilda has always been a firm favourite, and a character i can relate to in the fact i love literature so much (not that i'm telekinetic), i too like to sit and read for hours, plus she's awesome end of discussion.
As for the BFG, i remember that both frightening me and making me laugh, all those silly names like Frobscottle and Snozcumber, total genius, and more than captured my imagination.
Roald Dahl continues to be an inspiration and a legend to generations of children, and he will do for a long time to come....more
I decided to kick off my older book reviews with this one, Fantastic Mr Fox. I loved this when I first read it, and I will happily read it again now. II decided to kick off my older book reviews with this one, Fantastic Mr Fox. I loved this when I first read it, and I will happily read it again now. If you want an idea of the plot, read on:
Mr Fox, Mrs fox and their cubs live in their fox hole, with Mr Fox leaving to steal food every night for his family. One ill-fated night Mr Fox gets his tail shot off and the Foxes and the other creatures living in the hill find themselves under siege by the evil farmers; Boggis, Bunce and Bean (One fat, one short one lean lol) Stuck underground with no exit and no food, Mr fox and Co create a plan that even the farmers don't see coming and it makes for one amazing adventure.
Now, I don't no whether it was the creepy farmers, the daring food stealing plans or the sheer sense of fun that emanates from this book, but I love the story to bits. It's a very quick read but a very entertaining one, and I still laugh at the image of those farmers stuck on the hillside, what a bunch of dipsticks....more