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Flour Babies [Kindle Edition]

Anne Fine
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Let it be flour babies. Let chaos reign.

When the annual school science fair comes round, Mr Cartwright's class don't get to work on the Soap Factory, the Maggot Farm or the Exploding Custard Tins. To their intense disgust they get the Flour Babies - sweet little six-pound bags of flour that must be cared for at all times.

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About the Author

Anne Fine has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults. The Tulip Touchwon the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year; and Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize. Anne Fine was named Children's Laureate in 2001 and was awarded an OBE in 2003.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 251 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (29 Mar. 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI930G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anne Fine leads a double life as an author. Of her eight novels for adult readers, she describes seven as black comedies and the first, The Killjoy, as simply 'dead black'. These adult novels cause readers to squirm with mingled horror and delight as she peels away the layers in all too familiar family relationships, exposing the tangled threads and conflicts beneath. It's therefore perhaps not surprising that Anne has openly expressed astonishment at the fact that murder in the domestic setting is not more common.
A great favourite for discussions in reading groups, Anne Fine's work has been published in over forty-five languages. Despite this, she remains best known in her home country, Britain, as a writer principally for children. She has twice won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Awards, the Guardian Children's Book Prize and numerous other prizes and awards. She was the second Children's Laureate from 2001-3, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was awarded an OBE for services to children's literature.
Anne Fine is an entertaining and engaging speaker on the subject of books and reading, and is in demand the world over for her tireless enthusiasm, common sense approach to literacy, and for the deliciously wicked humour that permeates all her writing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
We thought this book was interesting in the way that children of a certain age could learn the responsibilities of caring for a child. We thought the description put a clear thought of what was happening in your mind. The story introduces two boys (Martin Simon and Simon Martin) with different priorities. Martin Simon, an excellent straight A student is the total opposite of Simon Martin who is an errant student who is thought of as a hard-head but later in the novel he shows us his true sensitive side. Simon struggles through the project thinking of only his father who left when he was young. It is not until the very end when he realises that his father is not an issue anymore, it is only the people who stood by him that count. This book teaches us the true meaning of caring for a child at any age. This story interested us a great deal and we recommend this story to other 11-14 year olds.
By Kate Eustace and Julia Smith
Featherstone High School.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Year 6 pupil Cosby Primary School - REVIEW 3 Mar. 2014
By Boogle
If you like a good contemporary realistic book, then this is the book for you. Anne Fine is an award winning author who uses her fantastic vocabulary and language skills well. The Flour Babies is an emotional roller coaster with some funny characters and a heart-breaking journey through Simon Martin's life and his relationships with his family.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flour babies 26 Mar. 2004
Flour Babies is based in a school. Where an unintelligent class has to look after sacks of flour for a project. The class is doing that project because one boy thinks there will be a glorious exsplosion at the end. But will he be right?
Simon Martin is the main character in the book. He is a member of 4C. He is the only one that really likes his flour baby. Simon lives alone with his mum. At the beginning of the book Simon does not appreciate his mum. In particular when his mum refuses to look after his flour baby while he is at football
practice. but towards the end of the book he starts to realise how hard it must have been for his mum looking after him all by herself.
Because of having to look after the flour baby , Simon begins to wonder about his own father, who, left when Simon was still a baby. Simon has a lot of questions for his mum. was it his fault that his dad left? What circumstances did hisdadleave in? Simon also becomes more mature and starts to appreciate his teachers.
I enjoy the book because of the way we look ino Simon's memories.I think everyone between the ages of 9 and 12.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I thought that the book was funny at points and interesting too.The class 4C were quite unusual. The flour babies project probably the best out of the five projects.At first Simon liked the project he was the only one that did but he did pick the project.
In the second chapter Simon is sent out of assembly for talking he hears something he thinks is true that the flour babies are to explode but boy was he wrong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A very inspiring book which tells you alot about responsibilities and how to handle them.I liked the bits where all the accidents happen like when it falls in the muddy puddle and gets all wet.The bit at the end where Simon finally comes to his senses and decides that telling his life to a flour baby isn't going to help him find his father.I would recomend this book to children 10 and over and give it 10 out of 10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book which you would like to share with others 23 Mar. 2001
By A Customer
This is one of Anne Fines best books. Although it is a bit a bit confuing at times it is very straightforward. It's about a boy called Simon who falls in love with his Flour Baby - a sweet little bag of flour with a bonnet and a dress! Our class copied the idea and had Flour Babies of our very own!(Actually they were salt Babies)but we had great fun!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Flour Babies book review 26 Mar. 2004
The naughtiest class in the school, 4C, have been given the task of looking after some flour babies. The stotry is about a boy called Simon Martin who thinks that looking after sacks of flour is a rubbish idea. But Simon falls in love with with his baby. Will Simon find out why his dad left the family when Simon was a kid.
The story focusses on a 14 year old boy called Simon Martin and his flour baby. Simon also tries to find out where his dad went when he left the family. He recongnises how hard it must of been for his mum to look after him all by herself. When Simons dad left, he was whistling a tune. Simons goes everywhere he can to try and find out the words to the song.
In the story a few messages have been put into the book. One of them isnot to have babies too young. To find out the others you will have to read the book.
In the story I enjoyed the bit where Simon realised that there wasn't going to be a grand explosion and the whole class got angry at him for believing in him. But when Simon actually realises that all the babies are just sacks of flour, he takes them out the bin bag and kicks and chucks them around the hallway. The hallway is now covered with flour and there are white clouds of flour floating above him. But at the moment Mr Cartright, his form teacher, just can't be bovered to tell him off. It has to be the best scene in the book.
I think that children of 8-12 years would enjoy this book because if you were any younger than 8, you ouldn't be able to understand the story because of the vocabulary in it. I f you were any older than 12 you might find the story a bit childsh and boring.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Made me nostalgic!
I vividly remember loving this book when I was younger. I was so happy when it was picked for our challenge, as I absolutely have fond memories of it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Chrissi Read
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Thoroughly enjoyed by my 8 year old.
Published 1 month ago by Long67
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
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Published 3 months ago by L, tamsyn
4.0 out of 5 stars my Great Niece, enjoyed it immensly
I believe the girl, my Great Niece, enjoyed it immensly.
Published 5 months ago by LarryBThomson
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good book for age 7-11
An amazing book, full of emotion, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought was an amazing book and needs to be read by everyone.

By a 10 year old boy
Published 6 months ago by Mamma of Amersham
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story to spark discussion with a group of children ...
Read this with year 5. They found it quite tricky to get into when reading independently but when I read it to them they began to engage with it more. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lulu
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
This was a good book but it didn' t take long to read. I would recommend this to slower reader's as they won't get through it so quickly. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Isabel Forward
4.0 out of 5 stars Flour Babies Review
I felt this book was very exciting and inspired me to read on. I liked the way Simon's mum talked to him across the table and in every other part she came up in. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Phoebs Lyle
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
Enjoyed by wide range of ages in the family and also good to read aloud to youngest (9). Anne Fine is superb
Published 13 months ago by josh
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