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The Spectator best children's books for Christmas

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broomsticks Fri 29-Nov-13 09:40:53

The Riversingers is my son's book. Wow, I'm stunned. Very happy for him and only slightly envy

annodomini Fri 29-Nov-13 10:15:41

Jaqueline Wilson seems to do it for girls. My younger GD (now 11) has read all of them. And I mean ALL! The boys like David Walliams's books.

broomsticks Fri 29-Nov-13 11:05:48

David Walliams Demon Dentist is another of the four Spectator picks.

I haven't read any of his but they seem very popular.
My grandson is heavily into Mr Gum books which are fun and quite surreal.

glassortwo Fri 29-Nov-13 11:24:34

broom that is fantastic, congratulations to your DS.

Mishap Fri 29-Nov-13 11:33:04

You must be so proud - I know I would be

whenim64 Fri 29-Nov-13 12:26:00

Congrats to your DS, broomsticks. Mr Gum books were my grandson's all-time favourite.

penguinpaperback Fri 29-Nov-13 13:57:19

Oh Congratulations broomsticks flowers I typed the book's title into google and I've just read some wonderful reviews of your son's book. smile I have a small collection of books I'm keeping for the grandchildren to read as they grow. I want to help make reading an enjoyable pastime for life and I think I will add a copy.

broomsticks Fri 29-Nov-13 15:03:31

It is a lovely book (not that I'm in any way biased at all grin.

tiggypiro Fri 29-Nov-13 19:25:03

Wonderful Broomsticks !
We talked about it at the Northallerton meet-up but for the life of me I could not remember the name of the book or that of your son. Like penguinpaperback I shall get a copy to keep for them to grow into.

grannyactivist Fri 29-Nov-13 20:21:22

broomsticks Not only did I google the book, but I also checked out a clip of the author talking about it - and well, what a lovely knowledgeable young man. Oh, and did I mention, handsome? grin

broomsticks Sat 30-Nov-13 09:36:21


broomsticks Sat 30-Nov-13 09:42:29

Incidentally Mumsnet gave away 50 copies. Good old Mumsnet!

Icyalittle Sat 30-Nov-13 17:34:28

I bought River Singers earlier! Congratulations, Broomsticks I would be mega-proud.
(I buy books to read to children I teach, and also for when my GS grows, so I do read a lot of children's books).

broomsticks Wed 04-Dec-13 15:37:08

Icyalittle I've only just worked out your name! grin

Aka Wed 04-Dec-13 16:02:42

You must be thrilled Broomsticks. Can anyone tell me the intended age this book is aimed at please?

broomsticks Thu 05-Dec-13 11:39:24

Aka it's intended for 9 upwards. Apparently, illustrated books for this age group are in.

annodomini Thu 05-Dec-13 12:22:05

I've just been reading the first few pages of The River Singers on Amazon. I love his style. The dialogues are spot on and it stopped just when it was beginning to get intriguing. I may have to get it for myself, never mind the GC!

Aka Thu 05-Dec-13 15:23:24

Thank Broom

broomsticks Thu 05-Dec-13 16:05:03

Well it's 9 upwards. I think quite a lot of adults are reading it, even non-biased ones. grin

broomsticks Sun 08-Dec-13 15:01:21

Someone says Riversingers is in the Saturday Times best childen's books list too. Has anyone seen it? We haven't and nor has Tom.

What's the shortening for a son? I haven't worked out all these DS and so on yet.

broomsticks Fri 03-Jan-14 19:33:20

Was in the Times and here's another one! Go boy!

Sorry, I'm getting over-excited here grin

Tegan Fri 03-Jan-14 20:10:20

I'm proud of my kids anyway but if one of them wrote a book like that I'd be so proud I'd burst!

hummingbird Fri 03-Jan-14 20:34:27

Wow, Broom! That's wonderful!

broomsticks Sun 05-Jan-14 15:24:21

Very excited for him but, yes, I was proud of him anyway,and his brother, like you Tegan. We should be shouldn't we.

broomsticks Sat 11-Jan-14 15:37:29

Finally in the only paper we actually read. Yes!!