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Ripping Things to Do: The Best Games and Ideas from Children's Books [Hardcover]

Jane Brocket
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9 July 2009
Follow in the footsteps of your favourite childhood heroes, from the Borrowers to the Famous Five, from Milly-Molly-Mandy to Winnie the Pooh.With Ripping Things to Do on lazy Sunday afternoons, in the garden, when you're poorly, in the kitchen and even in your dressing gown, plus ripping things to make and cook, Jane Brocket's book is bursting with inspiration, imagination and 'I Want to Do That!' moments, whether it's putting on a good old-fashioned talent show (Dancing Shoes); hosting an impromptu tree party (Pippi Longstocking); sending an SOS message(The Five Find-Outers); or treating young adventurers to a lovely, hand- and heart-warming hotpot (Winter Holiday).There are step-by-step illustrations for the more practical skills, like building a treehouse or learning semaphore, and delightful introductions to the stories that inspired each adventure, so that you can rediscover exactly what was so great about the books from your childhood, and even share them with the next generation. 'We wanted to be like the children in books,' says Alice in The Story of the Treasure Seekers, 'only we never have the chances they have!' If only she'd had RIPPING THINGS TO DO! A nostalgic treat for grown-ups, it is guaranteed to banish boredom, and have you enjoying the kind of amazing adventures other children can only dream about.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (9 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340980966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340980965
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Full of jolly wheezes and projects, from tree-houses to treasure hunts (Guardian)

Praise for Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer:
'This treasure of a book is packed with lovely recipes to transport you back to childhood' (Eve)

Praise for Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer:
'An amazing book, heartening and delightful ... everybody should read this book ... what parenting is supposed to be about' (Vanessa Feltz, BBC Radio London)

About the Author

Jane Brocket is the creator of the hugely popular website , which has a huge international following. She is the author of the Gentle Art of Domesticity and Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer, both published by Hodder & Stoughton. A Master of Wine and a lapsed PhD student, she lives in Berkshire with her husband and three children. To find out more visit

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Doing What Children-Characters Do in Great Children's Books
This superb book is one I would have liked to have written.
Jane Brocket has looked back at what must have been some of her favourite reading as a child, and/or as an adult reading classic children's books, and identified things that the characters in the books do.
Then she has provided extra explanation and encouragement so that YOU can do them too!
Naval flag semaphore, for example, used as a code, in Arthur Ransome's "Winter Holiday".
Having a spontaneous picnic in a tree, as Pippi Longstocking does: tossing mugs up from the ground to her friends sitting on branches, ...
And many more!
The choice of books is amazing.
The activities are engaging.

This book is a double-stimulus to DO THINGS (real activity, not just watching MTV, playing computer games and Wii, and FaceBookery and online whatevering), and to READ and/or re-read great books.

As a child, decades ago, I was similarly inspired to try eating the thinly sliced dark brown bread, and thinly spread margarine, and thinly spread jam, served in Eric Williams' classic World War II escape story "The Wooden Horse".
I similarly enjoyed the games and activities and origami in "Rupert Bear Annuals".

An absolute must-have for school and town libraries, and for every Middle Years school teacher!
John Gough (Australia) -
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 3 July 2009
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I only got it today but have already devoured it! We head off to Scotland in a few days time and I am so excited about the things we will be able to do that I would not have originally thought of. When reading Jane Brocket's book I was transported back to my I wanted (longed!!) to be one of the Famous Five, or dreamt of living in a house like Green Gables!

The place where we stay has so many opportunities and because my daughter will have the company of another little girl this year the ideas in the book will provide countless hours of fun....combing the beach and rockpools, adventures in the forest, roasting marshmallows as we watch the sunset over the lough and Scottish mountains.....!!! Maybe there'll even be lashings of ginger beer!!
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