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The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls [Hardcover]

Rosemary Davidson , Sarah Vine
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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19 July 2007

All girls know that there’s more to them than just make-up and gossiping – although they’re not averse to a little bit of both. Boys aren’t the only ones to like a little danger, a little adventure in the Great Outdoors and a lot of fun, wherever they can find it. And that’s what makes The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls just so glorious. It’s big enough to cover every element of girlhood, from the luxurious pampering of a home made spa to the quiet delight of reading the stars on a clear summer’s night. It’s great enough to satisfy the whims of diehard tomboys and devoted flower fairies. And it’s certainly glorious enough to provide inspiration, come rain or shine, to girls of all ages.

So if you’ve never been quite sure how to do the perfect French Plait, or if you are in need of a dastardly trick to keep your pesky brother in line, or you feel a friendship bracelet would be just the thing to show your best friend how much you love her, delve into The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls and discover all the other treats waiting inside.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (19 July 2007)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0670917109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670917105
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 20 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Packed with games, recipes, beauty hints, gardening tips, inspiring quotes and infinite ways of passing time, it's designed to appeal to the girl in every one of us' -- Woman & Home

'Some mothers may be alarmed at the graphic description of how to administer a Chinese burn, but it's important to remember that budding females are only about two parts sugar and spice to one part arsenic' -- Rowan Pelling, Daily Telegraph

'This pretty celebration of girlhood includes yummy recipes, tips on the perfect sleepover, Easter bonnet making and how to sulk. Absolutely brilliant!' -- Star Magazine

`A brilliant guide to all things girly. Buy it for your daughter,
sister or best mate'
-- Love it!

`An illustrated paean to a simpler era, when daisy chains were the
closest thing to bling' -- Sunday Express

`Old-fashioned fun' -- Daily Mirror

`Perfect for diehard tomboys and devoted flower fairies alike'
-- Big Issue Big Issue

`Perfect for diehard tomboys and devoted flower fairies alike' -- Big Issue

`Quintessentially English. The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls
should be required reading'
-- Evening Standard, ES Magazine

`There are plenty of great practical tips for the more gutsy girl. The section on sulking is priceless' -- City A.M.

About the Author

Rosemary Davidson grew up in County Down, along with three sisters, many dogs, a pet sheep and several cows and horses. She lives in London with her daughter Florence and son Spike and edits and translates children's books.

Sarah Vine was born in Wales and raised in Italy. As a child she had a great capacity for reading comics, gossiping and trying on her mother's shoes, all of which have stood her in excellent stead. She writes for The Times and is married with two children.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, clean fun and great for a rainy day. 3 Dec 2007
My 11 year old was given this by her grandparents before she started secondary school and she is thrilled to bits with it. It's a lovely book overflowing with outdoor and indoor activities, information, tips on looking after yourself, lists of classic books and films, how to deal with friends and boys (all very sound advice and absolutely nothing shocking in the least bit)and loads more. In fact, just the sort of book I would have loved at that age. Definitely a book that will become a firm favourite to refer to time after time.... oh and there's a fantastic recipe for toffee apples in it, too!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book 22 Nov 2007
This was a lovely 14th birthday present from my parents. I love this book to bits! I disagree with a lot of reviews on this book. What is wrong with sewing and cooking? I find it much more fun and useful to be sewing, cooking or reading than wasting my time sitting down watching endless hours of televsion.
Yet again, a lovely and interesting book that should appeal to girls of all ages!
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia 22 Aug 2007
This book brings back memories of my childhood. It contains most of the things I did as a girl in the 1940/50s - a much gentler time than now - plus a few more modern things. Even the cover has the feel of that time. I was brought up making things and still knit, crochet, sew, embroider, make lace, arrange flowers, etc nowadays as well as use a computer, write, walk, take photos, ride a horse... so I am never bored. I think it's a pity that everything seems to be bought nowadays. Where has imagination and creativity gone? Where's the satisfaction in saying "I bought that?" unstead of saying "I made that?". Hopefully this book will help to bring that back. My husband still has his copy of the 1940s equivalent of the boy's book. Perhaps children who do what's in these two books will always be able to find something interesting to do and won't end up hanging around on street corners when they get into their teens.
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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fun Fun!! 5 Sep 2007
All those people who complain that this is gender stereotyping have no sense of humour and obviously havent read the book. Yes it explains about cooking and make up but also teaches you how to give a chinese burn and build a fire!!

Fab book for fun and nostalgia - don't let the PC brigade put you off!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 29 Nov 2008
A Kid's Review
I think, reading the other reviews of this book, that people have gotten overexcited at the fact that the authors say the things a girl should know are about how to be pretty. I'm 12, I got this book for my birthday this year, and I loved it! My 10 year old sister loved it too! I mean, we know that make up and flowers and looking pretty isn't all that we can acheive, but why should that stop us from learning how to do it?

I think the hype over this book has been blown way out of proportion!
It's a great read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Gift 30 April 2008
My daughter was bought this book for her birthday and constantly picks it up to read and thinks its brilliant.Its a great gift idea and I will be ordering more for my friends children for Christmas/birthdays.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Tolstoy, but good fun 14 Aug 2007
I am having a hard time prising my 7-year old boy away from this book. He likes it a good deal more than the Dangerous Book for Boys because it is simpler in tone. Obviously we are proud of the absence of gender stereotyping in our household and may soon be qualified to move to Islington.

For grown-ups it is mainly a funnier read. Vine and Davidson have a knowing style which some might find a bit arch but taken in the right spirit it's just fun. I found DBfB a bit too Baden-Powelish and stodgy to be comfortable and the hint of irony in the GBGBfG leavens it. Think witty salon hostess versus starchy retired colonel.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars get a life! 25 Sep 2007
I think some of the previous reviewers are just taking themselves far too seriously! I bought this for my 11-year old and she loved it, she was easily mature enough to 'get' the humour and I think most of her friends of a similar age are too. The book is entertaining and funny and I think most girls these days are savvy enough to realize it's tongue in cheek.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this so much I bought one for my Mum, too
I bought this some time ago and read it all the way through, but I still dip into it now and again.
Published 2 months ago by Miss Tamla
5.0 out of 5 stars It really IS a great big glorious book!
I bought this for my soon to be 14 year old granddaughter and she loves it! It's filled with everything a girl likes to know - from sewing on a button to applying her make-up. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J France
Published 11 months ago by FOLA
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book for girls
i bought this book for my niece's birthday - an invaluable handbook for girls full of traditional ideas for games, craft ideas, jokes etc put away the computer and get back to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jennifer Small
2.0 out of 5 stars lets sterotype
Okay I cannot but help that this is buying into girls like ponies and dolls and boys like faux guns and playing in mud.

Gardening and beauty products are just for girls? Read more
Published 18 months ago by P J W
5.0 out of 5 stars Rose
This book is the BEST! It has everything from tricks to hair-care! If you have this book you will NEVER be bored!
Published on 4 Jan 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Laughs!
This book has everything a girl could like, including lots of different recipies to try, a home spa page, a gardening page and even instructions on how to climb trees. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2010
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but with flaws
I was given this book for christmas and it has some great things to do- games, recipes, beauty treatments, more games, etc etc. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2008 by starry-skies123
4.0 out of 5 stars its old fashioned fun
This has been good clean fun for myself and my daughters. it takes you back to a time that we will never get back but it is good to remember how things were. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2008 by Mrs. S. D. MacKenzie
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