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A Wayne in a Manger
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2007
having had 3 boys myself and experience of childhood "clangers" over the years, I laughed out loud at the antics of the children in this book, never has a book made me giggle so much or marvel and enjoy the innocence of childhood. The book has a lovely feel-good factor and one which you can dip into again and again, every page you open makes you smile at one antic or another. The storyline really jumps out of the page and you can almost hear the children with their Yorkshire accent and lovely sayings. A really heart-warming, delightful book full of enchanting anecdotes and I'm delighted to recommend it to all, great family reading.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2006
If you know anything about children you'll love this book. Every story is so readable and the children absolutely believable; who wouldn't shout out if they saw the Angel Gabriel's frock caught up in her pink knickers.
The Christmas story to end all: "A Wayne in a Manger" is absolutely correct because that's the way the lad heard it, children do mis-hear words and phrases that is why this book is so funny and so readable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2007
NOT to be read when you are travelling on public transport. A laugh-out-loud book. The only fault was that it wasn't long enough.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2006
Even if you do not have children of your own, chances are you know at least one. This book is the funniest I've have read in ages. Absolutely hilarious. I have found the perfect stocking filler for Christmas, the perfect 'pick me up' on a rainy day and a truly all round, unoffensive book to suit all.

Buy it and see the nativity from a different angle!

Fantastic!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2007
Funny, lovable and heartwarming. Better because it comes from the heart as only children can present the story of 2000 years ago in a Nativity play. I could imagine the voices of the children and Gervais Phinn as I read the book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2006
This book will have you in stitches from the minute you pick it up. I don't think a book has ever made me laugh so much. Its true, kids do say exactly what they are thinking!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2006
I heard Gervase Phinn speak at a teachers' conference two years ago, and I don't think I laughed so much all term. Initially skeptical - after all, although a teacher, the thought of someone's embelllished memoirs on their time as a school inspector in the Yorkshire Dales doesn't exactly sound like a page-turner.
Indeed, there's nothing particularly original about his approach. It's been done before for vets by James Heriot. Worse still, I think some of the stories in this volume appear elsewhere in his work.
That said, Gervase Phinn has a remarkable story telling gift, weaving the most outrageous, if harmless, yarns with a fine ear for the truly hilarious things children say. Beneath it all, shines a warm humanity - and this is a book to which you'll want to turn to again and again.
I bought this as a present, but read it first (sorry, Mum). It's not quite as strong as his initial Dales series (Up and Down the Dale etc) but it's still good stuff. Get one for yourself and anyone else who needs cheering up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2010
Like all Mr Phinn's books that I've had the pleasure of reading, a real laugh from start to finish.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2005
I teach 4 year olds and every Christmas I have to produce a Nativity play. This book brought so many memories. The book also showed how children take very different meanings from the words we automically say. The book also showed no matter what happens the parents will love it anyway and I should remember this every December instead of pulling my hair out worrying about the play! The author brought back some of the extraordinary children we met in his other books. I especially loved the present the staff gave him!
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on 30 December 2014
Probably the funniest chirstmas book you could buy yourself or anyone else - better still its all true because it has come from the mouths of children - and if you want to know the truth ask a child. Nothing tops these books - Twinkle Twinkle little star is also an absolute must and I will guarantee that you will be crying tears of laughter with either and both of these books. Gervaise Phinn has an incredible way with words and paints not just pictures but masterpieces of both humour and reality within these pages. He has the ability to both touch your heart and your funny bone simultaneously and at times almost move you to tears (and not always with laughter). All of his books are just so funny but when it comes to Christmas nothing comes close to this. Its a fabulous present for anyone including yourself. Add it to your collection and you can be guaranteed laughter every year, whatever the weather and whoever you are.
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