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The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls Hardcover – 19 Jul 2007
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Fab book for fun and nostalgia - don't let the PC brigade put you off!
Yet again, a lovely and interesting book that should appeal to girls of all ages!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this book when I was 10 years old (I was obsessed) but then forgot about it entirely. Now 17, I got bored one night and read it, discovering that every aspect of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not happy. My daughter received it as a present and on quick review thought how good it seemed until I got to the instruction manual on spiteful tricks (putting worms into peoples... Read morePublished 14 months ago by AliH
I bought this some time ago and read it all the way through, but I still dip into it now and again.Published on 9 July 2014 by Miss Tamla
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 morePublished on 27 Oct. 2013 by J France
I RESENTLY GAVE MY GRAND DAUGHTERS FRIEND A LIFT HOME. WHILST THEY WERE IN THE BACK OF THE CAR I HEARD THEM DISCUSSING THE RIGHT WAY TO HAVE A CRUSH. Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2013 by FOLA
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 morePublished on 8 Sept. 2013 by Jennifer Small