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Up with Birds! (Picture Puffin)
Up with Birds! (Picture Puffin)
by John Yeoman
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 7 Aug. 2013
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Quentin Blake at his best! I bought this for my adult daughter and she loves it. How did we miss this one when it came out?

by David McKee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.22

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Picture books, politics and propaganda, 4 May 2010
This review is from: Denver (Hardcover)
This book is thinly-disguised right-wing propaganda. The 1960s feel of the pictures is reflected in the 1960s feel of the unreconstructed political views. The way in which the book promotes a political message is insidious, being targeted at children too young to be able to unpick the message. Far from being anti-materialistic, it lampoons the politics of envy and endorses a specious type of meritocracy (in which only the merit of the wealthy character is rewarded). I would not give this book to a child without discussing the message. Whether or not you personally agree with the political position, the way to educate children about political matters and views is not by spiking their story books. My full review of this book is on the Write Away website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bigger, better, faster (than other books!), 22 Nov. 2008
This book gives a fascinating insight into how records build up - or you could think of it as a catalogue of failures, finally eclipsed briefly by a success that will itself be eclipsed some day. Most of the events listed in the book are in fact smaller, worse and slower, since they precede the records. Maybe it's the opportunity to gloat that makes the book so satisfying - or maybe it's the uplifting improvements produced by relentless human endeavour.

Potty, Fartwell and Knob: From Luke Warm to Minty Badger - Extraordinary But True Names of British People
Potty, Fartwell and Knob: From Luke Warm to Minty Badger - Extraordinary But True Names of British People
by Russell Ash
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing feat, brilliant book, 1 Nov. 2007
There seems to be no end to the stupidity, cruelty, ingenuity and weirdness of parents, judging by the evidence of the astonishing - and hilarious - names that Russell Ash has dredged from the depths of parochial British history. Imagine going through life with a name like Elle Fant or Rosetta Pennis. It's a book that can't be read quietly - it's so full of mind-boggling insane names that you just have to read out to everyone in earshot. A brilliant book, hours of fun - and a great present if you know someone who's expecting a baby :-)

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