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Flat blast from the past....
on 16 February 2017
Though I was a keen reader as a child, few books ever really stuck in my memory through to adulthood. Now, with a family of my own, I have embarked upon that phase of 'you must do everything I did as a child'. I'm not sure whether it's nostalgia for me, or the belief that things were just so much better in my day, but my daughter has already been subjected to the likes of Bagpuss and Mr Benn, and is now enduring the books which I used to enjoy.
Flat Stanley is the simple tale of Stanley Lambchop, an ordinary boy who has the misfortune to be squashed flat by a cork notice board. In adulthood, this does raise some serious questions, but for a five year old, there's just this acceptance that this is, of course, what would happen. Stanley's lack of a third dimension gives rise to a number of adventures - being lowered down a grate to retrieve his mother's ring, being used as a kite and saving on air-fare by being posted abroad. All of these things had stuck with me, despite it being over thirty years since I last read the book - and this from someone who often can't remember what he ate for breakfast.
Thankfully, my daughter seemed to enjoy this book just as much as I did. I'm now off to find a copy of The Foxbusters...