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The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls Hardcover – 19 Jul 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (19 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670917109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670917105
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3.1 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,164 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This is a lovely, interesting book. I bought it for myself, (I'm 21) and don't regret a moment of it. It's like a book of mother's wise advice, mixed in with a bit of father's and perhaps a naughty older brother's too! It's not all about makeup and cooking, (although those sections are just as worthy.) There is a section about how to look for constellations in the night sky, and also traditional stories about the seasons and religious celebrations. The cover alone looks lovely on the bookshelf and the illustrations inside are just as pretty.
I agree that perhaps it's better suited for adults, but I would highly disagree with those that suggest it is in anyway brainwashing or harmful. It's just a bit of old-fashioned, lady-like pleasantry.
Letting your children watch music videos or read teen mags is more extreme than this delightful read.
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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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