Tuesday, 5 March 2013

World Book Day 2013

7 March is World Book Day so it seems only fitting that I write something book-related. My son's nursery suggest that the children go dressed that day as their favourite character from a book. This is new to me but appears to be typical of schools here in the UK. Naturally, that got me thinking about which character from a book might be my son's favourite and also what mine would have been as a child.

When I asked my son if he had any ideas of his favourite characters from books he likes, it was a bit of a hard concept for him to grasp, so we went with simply talking about some of his favourite books instead. He named The Gruffalo, The Great Piratical Rumbustification and Fantastic Mr Fox. The last two are slightly more advanced books we've read with him quite recently (ie. more text, fewer pictures, chapter books where we read a couple of chapters a night). He made some good choices there I think.

I struggled to think of characters from books I liked as a child, especially from the age of four. I was read to loads and loved books but I'm not good at remembering stuff like that. Same with films, I'm rubbish at remembering characters' names from movies, even those I've seen multiple times.

Instead, I'll share with you the last three books I have read. Currently, I'm reading  Stealing the Mystic Lamb, about Jan Van Eyck's painting, "Ghent Altarpiece", the world's most coveted and most frequently stolen art work. I really love books about art thefts! Before this one, I read, The Fry Chronicles and before that, We Had it So Good by Linda Grant.

What have you read recently and what are your child's current favourites? Will your children be doing anything at school or elsewhere for World Book Day?
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  1. Gosh, I knew it was National Crafting Month, but World book Day had escaped me this year!

    My daughter absolutely LOVES Bartholomew Bear by Virgina Miller. It's quite an old book, I think, but she loves the sense of naughtiness and I think she secretly identifies. In fact she sometimes calls my husband and I George (The parent figure in the book) and we call her 'Ba' in return - especially when it comes to not eating her dinner (one of the story themes). It's not the most advanced book we read with her, but she still loves it.

    As for me... I actually quite love fantasy books and am reading 'The Novice' by Trudi Canavan. Oh how I'd LOVE to walk around town and do my shopping in a big old mage's cloak tomorrow! :D I've also started reading The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared on my phone's Kindle app. So far it seems like good escapist fun :) xx

    1. Well, I had no idea it was National Crafting Month!!

      Thanks for sharing your daughter's current favourite read and yours too. I'll have to look into those. It's always good to hear what other people are enjoying reading and to try out something different. xx


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