What should I read my son?

6 Mar

For World Book Day my son, who is six, dressed as Dennis the Menace. Last year, our electrician gave us 200 copies of the Beano — in his forties, I suppose he felt ready to give them up. Dennis is my son’s platonic ideal. His ultimate ambition is to be a menace, and he has […]

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The modern world doesn’t belong in kids’ books

4 Mar

If you look at the iconography of writing for children — from the very first A B C wallchart you Blu-Tak to the nursery wall — there’s something very odd about it indeed. A is for aeroplane, and like as not you’ll see something with a propeller on its nose. T is for train, and there, […]

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