I met a friend for lunch who made a comment about the fact that I always have my trusty copy of A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne on...moreI met a friend for lunch who made a comment about the fact that I always have my trusty copy of A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne on me, which sparked a conversation on which books my friend and I had recently read. Some where, while eating our meals, our conversation shifted to the books we remembered most from our childhood. For me, a child who never got read bedtime stories, I don't particularly have many memories of reading picture books. This book however is one of the few that I do remember. A book of which I greatly adored as a child. Everything about this book, from its easy-to-read storyline to its simple illustration, was a joy to experience.
My friend stated that she too remembered reading this book and that she appreciated it just as much as I did so we headed down to our local library and looked for it so we could curl up in the over sized cusions found in the children's section to read it together, but to our disappointment the book wasn't there. I also remember a few other titles like Grandpa's Cardigan and Grandpa's short. I read those also, but I was never as persistent with them as I was Grandpa's Slippers. I recommend this to anyone who loves a good picture book. The second- third last illustration always had me crying for days as a kid haha!(less)
I don't know what's worse about this book. The fact that it is poorly written and is a perfect example of how not to write a children's book or the fa...moreI don't know what's worse about this book. The fact that it is poorly written and is a perfect example of how not to write a children's book or the fact that everything written in it is true to the writer.
If you've read exerts from Richard A Cohen's other books or, if you've looked up his life story, you'd know that he actually does think that homosexuality comes about due to being neglected and/or abused. I think it's bad enough that adults struggle to accept their sexuality thus sitting through hours of sessions with their therapist to try and 'be fixed'. It's a whole other level of terrible to see Cohen trying to share such a message to children.
This book was one of the many books that I purchased at the house/book store in my neighborhood when they were selling some of their items to make room for new stock. The box cost me $7 so really, singularly, these books only cost me a few cents each. I am baffled thinking that somebody would actually go out and buy this on it's own and not just accidentally end up with it at the end of the day. I just can not see a positive use of this book and I think it's far too serious to be one of those books you read with your friends just to have a laugh at. (less)
I first heard of this book some time last year when a video went viral of Noni Hazlehurst reading it....moreOpen wide, come inside and go the fuck to sleep.
I first heard of this book some time last year when a video went viral of Noni Hazlehurst reading it. Today as I was strolling the streets of Western Sydney I came about this house which first floor was a book store and second was a living area. The couple who owned the house/store were having some sort of mass clearance sale where they were selling books for as cheap as 20c! Being that I love a bargain I decided to go inside and have a look around to see if there were anything decent hidden away that I could snatch up.
Long story short, I ended up in the children's section before the owners actually noticed that I had walked in. They sparked a conversation with me as no one had been in there yet and they were curious about what led me to go inside. Is searching for a bargain not a good not reason? They asked me what in particularly I was looking for and I didn't know what to reply with other than something new. They got out a big yellow bucket which they said all their favourite children's books were in that were being sold. Obviously I purchased this one, for a small price of $1.50. Cha-Ching. I loved it.
I personally don't have any children but during one period of my life when I had just lost my home I was forced to live with my older sister who has a son. During the few months I stayed with her I watched her struggle on a daily basis trying to put her son to sleep, to which I eventually felt quite sorry for her and decided to attempt to help her with it. I can assure you it was no walk in the park.
This book is perfect in the sense that you can use it with other parents / anyone who's every babysat children and gone through this, to have a good laugh about it. It's a novelty book really. It has all the characteristics of a good children's book; non-detailed yet still quite engaging story line, humour, beautiful and colourful illustrations, etc. But really, it's not exactly something you can read to your children of a night is it? I'm rating it four stars instead of five because I don't really think it has a real purpose. It's one of those things you can relate to, read once, have a laugh and pass it on. It's sorta like an artistically painted chain mail if you ask me. I certainly couldn't have paid $10-$15 (or whatever it's RRP is) for it. However for the small price of $1.50 I'm happy with what I have so I'll be passing it on to my sister to have a little chuckle over with her husband and other friends of the family who have recently had children.
For those who haven't read it / heard it I recommend looking up Noni Hazlehurst or Morgan Freemans audio book renditions before purchasing, they are very funny! (less)