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Out of character of classic Happy Families series - be warned!
on 27 May 2009
Very disappointing purchase. I had several of the Happy Families series when I was a child in the early 80s - I bought this thinking it would be along the same lines. My 20m old son loves being read the classics like Miss Wobble the Waitress or Mr. Biff the Boxer, so I thought I'd add to his collection. This book, along with at least two others I mistakenly purchased (Vole the Vet and Cliff the Climber) are about divorce/single parents etc. Is this to make kids from messed up families feel better?!It's as though the publisher said there were too many 'happy families' in the series; we need some dysfunctional ones to be up-to-date. This book is didactic, PC, and depressing - it's also got a patronising air about it. It's about divorce; the child being shared between two parents. Completely out of the character of the series and for the wrong age group in any event. I note this one was published in 1996, considerably later than the better ones. It's such a shame; this book does not have the jolly, childish and somewhat ridiculous story one would expect from this series. Be warned.