Aside from my daytime job of doing my daytime job, I also fulfil a number of other roles, including – in no particular order – father, blogger, world traveller and football watcher. Since I put my son to bed earlier and did some packing ahead of our trip on Thursday and then taking into account the fact that I am currently watching football, by doing some rudimentary calculations, you can perhaps see what has been left til last.

I am reading Roald Dahl’s Matilda to 6 year old Alex at the moment and I have been completely shocked by the vivid and regular depiction of child abuse, plus other rather adult themes including suicide, fraud, suspected murder, poverty, nepotism and the occult. I was even more shocked to discover earlier this evening that the evil monster headmistress from hell, Miss Trunchbull, was Miss Honey’s aunt.


not me.

Alex is enjoying the book though and is keen to experience more by the same author. Therefore, please can anyone tell me if James and the Giant Peach is any more child friendly, before I go, credit card in hand, to the Kindle store?

6 thoughts on “Y U NO BLOG?

  1. Geoffrey Chisnall > *SPOILER ALERT* The next book I intend to read to my kids may include a large piece of fruit.

  2. I would recommend the BFG. I remember it as being very child-friendly and funny when I was a little girl. I haven’t read James and the Giant Peach yet, though.

  3. Oh christ…

    James’s world is turned upside down when, while on a shopping trip in London, his mother and father are swallowed by an escaped rhinoceros. James is forced to live with his two cruel aunts, Spiker and Sponge, who live in a run-down house on a high, desolate hill near the white cliffs of Dover. For three years Spiker and Sponge physically and verbally abuse James, not allowing him to venture beyond the hill or play with other children. Around the house James is treated as a drudge, beaten for hardly any reason, improperly fed, and forced to sleep on bare floorboards in the attic.

    Still, at least there are no references to dodgy old men or drugs.
    Wait. What?

    One summer afternoon when he is crying in the bushes, James stumbles across a strange old man, who, mysteriously, knows all about James’s plight and gives him a sack of tiny glowing-green crocodile tongues.


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