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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Saturday Rave: Flour Babies by Anne Fine.

Flour Babies is one of the books I admire most in all the world.
It's very funny, it's full of vividly drawn people, and it's about a boy working out something hugely important.
"'You can carry on eating your voting paper, George Spalder, but I'm not giving you another...'
Shifting his vast bottom round, he tapped the blackboard on which, earlier, he'd chalked up the options"
Blackboard? Chalk?
Isn't that a bit out-of-date?
Oh no. Not a bit of it. Because you see, when something's really true (which it can be, even if it's made up) it will last forever.

And that's how long Flour Babies will have important things to tell us.
Word To Use Today: vast. This word comes from the Latin word vastus, which means deserted.

1 comment:

  1. Quite agree. It's one of the best books I've read too. I will send the link to this post to Anne Fine by email and she will be VASTLY CHUFFED!