Brodie has a real thing for anything with wheels. He loves cars but has a special fondness for buses, diggers, nangs (any emergency vehicle as they go ‘nang-nang-nang’ with their sirens on), tractors, trains, cement mixers, lorries,vans…
This is a bit of an interactive one as two of the books have those vastly irritating buttons which play sounds. (The level of irritation you experience is directly proportional to how many times your child presses the same one over and over and over.)
One of my other big passions – Harry Potter! I actually joined this bandwagon quite late – I usually can’t stand it when there’s a huge hype about something new and everyone’s reading/watching because it’s the ‘in’ thing. I remember reading the first chapter of the second Harry Potter book at Brownie camp and thinking it wasn’t all that great… Not sure if it was because I was missing the context provided by the first book or I was still in a mood about it all.
Anyway, I watched the first film several years after it came out, then watched however many more were out at that point, and then decided to read the books. I’ve now read them a few times and listened to the audiobooks countless times as that’s what I fall asleep to every night. I also do a lot of Harry Potter quizzes on Facebook… probably too many.
A close of of a couple of bits of this below:
Winnie the Pooh
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
This was one of my favourites when I was little. I tried to organise the foods in the order they appear in the book – the tiger eats all the sandwiches on the plate, and all the buns (I was loose with the definition of ‘buns’ hence the doughnuts etc), all the cakes in the tin, all the tins in the cupboard, all the food in the fridge and so on. Plus I made a rainbow with the plates which I like!
Here’s an after shot once the tiger has eaten his fill:
I’m sure it comes as no surprise to any of you that I have a lot of books about spelling and grammar! The writing on the notepad is a misquote from Buffy when Xander says “To read makes our speaking English good.” Which brings us nicely to my next display.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Along with Enid Blyton and Harry Potter I also love Buffy. Enid was my first big love and Buffy was probably the second, ever since I saw it at a friend’s house then bought season one and half of season two on video from HMV (yes, younger readers, you got three videos in a boxset and that only fitted around 12 episodes so you had to buy two to get a whole season. They took up a LOT of space!). I’ve watched every episode countless times.
This is just a tiny selection of my Buffy book collection. I probably have around a hundred books. Mostly original novels based on the series, but also some novelisations of episodes and various guides and scripts. I remember a few of the first season novelisations coming to my high school library and the kids went mental for them and there was a huge waiting list. I ended up going and buying Blooded by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder in Waterstones. And then I left it on my shelf for absolutely ages because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. But then I read it, loved it, and never looked back.
Below is a close up of Giles who I bought in Toys R Us. He was the only character they had left, and they had dozens and dozens of him. I felt really sorry for poor Giles. He’s so cool, I mean he’s a librarian after all!
So there’s a little insight into a few of my other obsessions! I didn’t mean to write so much.