Daily Archives: January 30, 2007

Bed time reading

Yesterday I began reading two books to B6. The pictures and the text are keeping us both amused and intrigued. The first is Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver retold by Martin Jenkins. The illustrations are filled with tiny details so that each time you gaze at them you find something new. I have not yet read the original but the retelling has B6 asking for more.
The second is Mixed Beasts written by Kenyon Cox and illustrated by Wallace Edwards. The pictures have had B6 chuckling, studying and searching, as once again there are details to be found after closer observation. Some of the favourite beasts so far have been the Kangarooster, the Bumblebeaver and the Peanuthatch.

A year on and they are balmier than ever

It is a year since we wrote the entry about Narnia and the obsession my children seem to have with all things Narnian. It appears that nothing has changed. They still listen to the radio theatre cds often, reread the books and talk about the movie. As they are always ready with a quote in any and every situation we thought we would see if any of you are as balmy as they are!

Do you know which book the following quotes come from? Or who said them?

  1. “They all say…-that I’m too flighty; don’t take life seriously enough….you’re altogether too full of bobance and bounce and high spirits. You’ve got to learn that life isn’t all fricasseed frogs and eel pie. You want something to sober you down a bit.”
  2. “I wonder if she doesn’t see that everything that little beast does is all for the sake of showing off.”
  3. “and their names were Peter and Susan and Edmund and Lucy. And so they reigned for ever so long and everyone had a lovely time, and it was all because of Aslan.”
  4. “Well done Chief. You never said a truer word”
  5. “Oh darling, don’t get so excited, I was going to say, even if we were caught everyone would say it was one of my mad jokes. I’m getting quite well known for them. Only the other day-do listen, dear, this is frightfully funny-“
  6. “Yes, I know, and few return to the sunlit lands. You needn’t say it again. You are a chap of one idea, aren’t you?”
  7. “If you were not my father, oh ever living Tisroc, I would say that was the word of a coward.”

As I have been typing all these quotes in L12 and A10 have been giving excellent renditions of each one, I wish you could have heard them.