Call the Midwife
Four books written by Jennifer Worth (three about her days as an East End midwife, and one about her career after that when she moved onto palliative care), a book of correspondence received by her, two books about the TV series and the official board game.
That’s Not My…
Some of Brodie’s That’s Not My… books. He has more but I didn’t have the props to go with any of them.
Brodie had to be asked very nicely to lend me his truck for all of thirty seconds to snap a photo.
What I’m (or was) currently reading
A lack of ideas on day 24 meant I just threw my currently reading pile on the table! The two at the back are Jane Eyre and Five on a Hike Together.
The bonus of working from home means I can use unorthodox props like small children. Here Brodie is doing a brilliant job of posing as a cheerful Georgie from It. He was very patient in getting dressed up, held the string like he was asked and said cheese half a dozen times for me too.
An alliterative arrangement
I think this one’s fairly self explanatory.
From back left:
- Diamonds and Daggers (Marsh Road Mysteries #1)- Elen Caldecott
- Wings Over Witchend (Lone Pine #9) – Malcolm Saville
- A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) – George R R Martin
- Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #6) – Charlaine Harris
- The Goddess Guide – Gisele Scanlon
- Dinosaur Discovery (Adventure Island #7) – Helen Moss
- Anastasia at This Address (Anastasia Krupnik #8) – Lois Lowry
- The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12) – Lemony Snicket
- Bad Blood (Being Human #3) – James Goss
- Brighton Belle (Mirabelle Bevan #1) – Sara Sheridan
- Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) – Charlaine Harris
- British Bulldog (Mirabelle Bevan #4) – Sara Sheridan
- The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events #11) – Lemony Snicket
This one has interactive sounds, and it’s a bit dangerous as none of the animals are held securely!
At the back you can see Our Zoo by June Mottershead, the true story of Chester Zoo, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and The Zoo Book by Enid Blyton. In the middle are ABC Zoo by Rod Campbell and Usborne Peep Inside the Zoo, then at the front are a couple of noisy button zoo books.
The cover was green…
Standing books from back left:
- The Enchanted Wood – Enid Blyton (but not my shelf copy, a spare…)
- The Story of My Life – Helen Keller
- Mr Pink Whistle’s Party – Enid Blyton (A Boot’s lending library copy.)
- The Secret Island – Enid Blyton
- The Green Story Book – Enid Blyton
- Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild
- The Ladybird Book of the People Next Door – Jason Hazely
- The Children at Green Meadows – Enid Blyton
- The Mystery of the Dinosaur Discovery – Helen Moss
- The Mystery of the Phantom Lights – Helen Moss
- Five Lose Dad in the Garden Centre – Bruno Vincent
- Five Go on a Strategy Away Day – Bruno Vincent
- Five Go Gluten Free – Bruno Vincent
- Horseradish – Lemony Snicket
- The End – Lemony Snicket
- The Austere Academy – Lemony Snicket
- Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island: The Lost Children – Gillian Philip
- The Grim Grotto – Lemony Snicket
- The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Books lying flat from back left:
- Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
- Pea’s Book of Holidays – Susie Day
- The House at Pooh Corner – A.A. Milne
- Mystery Mine – Malcolm Saville
- Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce
- Wicked – Gregory Maguire
- The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage – Enid Blyton
- The Door in the Tree – William Corlett
- Come to the Circus! – Enid Blyton
- The Wonderful Carpet and other stories – Enid Blyton
- The Tale of Benjamin Bunny – Beatrix Potter
- That’s Not My Meercat – Fiona Watt
- Baby’s First Colours
- That’s Not My Dinosaur – Fiona Watt
- Spot’s First Shapes – Eric Hill
When I get into a TV show I like nothing better than reading all about behind-the-scenes stuff. You can get plenty of that online but you know it’s accurate when it’s come from an official book with glossy photographs.
Read your feelings
I had to perhaps widen the definition of ‘feelings’ to those beyond happy and sad etc, as long as you could more or less say “I feel…” I used it!
Happier feelings on the left:
- Merry Mr Meddle – Enid Blyton
- Lucky – Alice Sebold
- Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl
- The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar – Roald Dahl
- Happy Day Stories – Enid Blyton
- George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl
- Jolly Little Jumbo – Enid Blyton
A somewhat neutral one in the middle – The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton, and the less happy feelings on the right:
- The Miserable Mill – Lemony Snicket
- Desperation – Stephen King
- The Grim Grotto – Lemony Snicket
- The Vile Village – Lemony Snicket
- Misery – Stephen King
- The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly
- The Hostile Hospital – Lemony Snicket
Read the book, watch the film (children’s edition)
All books I have read and films I have seen!
From back left:
- The Railway Children – E Nesbit, adapted for film in 1970 and 2000, the latter starring Jemima Rooper.
- Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce, also a 1999 film
- Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie. Made into a Disney film in 1953, but also used for the basis of Hook (1993) Peter Pan (2003), Finding Neverland (2004), Peter and Wendy (2015), and Pan (2015) amongst others.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J.K. Rowling. The whole series has been filmed, of course.
- Treasure Island – R.L. Stevenson. Disney’s first fully live-action film, made in 1950, but also a 1990 film starring Charleton Heston, and let’s not forget Muppet Treasure Island from 1994.
- The BFG – Roald Dahl. First an animated film in 1989 there is also a live action/CGI version from 2016.
- Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl. Turned into a stop-motion film in 2009 with voice actors including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Owen Wilson.
- Swiss Family Robinson – Johann David Wyss – One of my favourite films, starring John Mills in 1960.
- Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne. Winnie-the-Pooh is a Disney film from 2011, but there are many films based on Pooh and his friends.
- A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett, adapted for film in 1995.
- Matilda – Roald Dahl. A very well-known film from 1996 starring Danny De Vito, Mara Wilson and Pam Ferris.
- The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket. Made into a single film along with books 2 and 3 of A Series of Unfortunate Events series in 2004 with Jim Carrey as Count Olaf.
- The Princess Bride – William Goldman. A bit of a cult classic film from 1987.
- What Katy Did – Susan Coolidge. This was made into a TV movie in 1999 with Michael Cera.
How many have you read AND seen?
The Color Purple
The title comes from The Color Purple by Alice Walker which does not feature as I don’t have it (nor have I read it).
From the back left (as always):
- Grave Secret – Charlaine Harris
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
- The Carniverous Carnival – Lemony Snicket
- The Witch of Exmoor – Margaret Drabble
- The Secret Airfield Game – Stephen Thraves
- Last Scene Alive – Charlaine Harris
- Russian Roulette – Sara Sheridan
- The Wide Window – Lemony Snicket
- Dazzling Diggers – Tony Mitton
- Fox’s Socks – Julia Donaldson
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
- Feminism – Deborah Cameron
- Wizard and Glass – Stephen King
- The Gods of War – Conn Iggulden
- Home Improvement Undead Edition – Charlaine Harris and Tony L.P. Kelner
- Matilda – Roald Dahl
- When Did You See Her Last? – Lemony Snicket
- That’s Not My Bear – Fiona Watt
- Cars – Heath McKenzie
- That’s Not My Teddy – Fiona Watt
These are all Brodie’s books, though he’s not particularly into dinosaurs yet (he has plenty of time for that…) as he’s too busy with vehicles.
Various books about or featuring teddies including Bizzy and the Bedtime Bear which is a continuation of the Enchanted Wood series written by Elise Allen, and The Teddy Bear’s Party by Enid Blyton with illustrations by Eileen Soper.
Read the book, watch the TV series (children’s edition)
A little repetition from the film display as some have been adapted for more than one medium.
From the back left (back row has matching DVDs in front)
- The Animals of Farthing Wood – Colin Dann, an animated series from 1992-1995.
- The Borrowers (Omnibus) – Mary Norton, a 1992 series with Ian Holm as Pod.
- Five on a Treasure Island – Enid Blyton. The 21 books had two TV series, the 1970s one which is the DVD in front, and a 1990s series which I love but don’t have.
- The Secret of Killimooin – Enid Blyton. The 5 Secret books were turned into a TV series in the 90s.
- The Island of Adventure – Enid Blyton. 7 of the 8 books got TV episodes in the 90s, and Castle had its own 8 part adaptation in the 80s with Susan George.
- The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket. The Netflix Original TV adaptation covered all 13 books in the series with Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf.
- The Steps Up the Chimney – William Corlett. The four books of The Magician’s House series were made into a tv series in 1999 with Stephen Fry and Jennifer Saunders voicing talking animals.
- First Term at Malory Towers – Enid Blyton, finally, finally! adapted as a CBBC series just this year.
- Noddy Goes to Toyland – Enid Blyton. Noddy has had half a dozen or more TV adaptations which I’ve listed in my Enid Blyton TV and film guide.
- Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne. As well as having films Winnie-the-Pooh has had many TV features too.