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'You try and tell the young people of today that ..... they won't believe you.'
on 3 June 2013
I bought this book for an eight year old home-educated history buff and, while she doesn't seem to have much enthusiasm for flicking through its pages by herself, she is more than keen to go through it with an adult. Not just any old adult though, oh no. Anyone who dares to utter the phrase 'you kids of today... you don't know your born, you lot' to her seems to get very short shrift. Quite rightly so in my opinion - anyone who spouts a load of nonsensical rubbish like that deserves to be ignored. Besides which, some of us still like to think of ourselves as being 'young'... even if it is just our mental age. No? Oh well, that must just be me then.
Life was indeed tough for little half-pints in the past, as Tony Robinson manages to convey so brilliantly here. It is a humorous read although also a somewhat uncomfortable one. There is a simple but very useful index and an extremely handy additional page full of suggestions of places to visit which will be able to add more detail to several of the jobs discussed.
The book is packed full of really fabulous illustrations. The fact that the majority of them are rather light-hearted cartoons simply makes the occasional photograph or contemporary drawing all the more thought-provoking. Each children's job is awarded its own score too, being judged on such things as 'Danger', 'Filth', 'Boredom', 'Cash' and 'Hard Slog'. That, together with some truly heartrending factual accounts and a lot of small additonal facts and figures, really does give food for thought for any grown-up today, never mind the kids.