One night Dinah goes upstairs and finds three grumbly bears in her bed. They refuse to budge until she’s told them a story. Dinah’s bed is full of surprises and her story is full of stories; fantastic ones and ones that are just a bit frightening.
This is a brilliant story! Get it on CD or tape if you can – read by Andy Crane – and all car journeys will be a doddle. My children have loved this story and read it again and again. It is funny and quirky and just one of the best books I have ever read! Any child from about 6 onwards would enjoy this.
Harley Savage is a large, rawboned, plain person with a ragged haircut and a white t-shirt coming unstitched along the shoulder. Douglas Cheeseman is a big-eared man who avoids his own reflection, and has bored his wife into leaving him. They are not the usual suspects for a burgeoning romance.
I loved this book. It’s about some sad losers in a sad small town in the middle of nowhere and not much happens, but there was something delicious and so very, very funny about it. It has some touching parts and it’s quite sweet and at times rather forlorn and hopeless, but oh my, it made me smile. I have read it three times and still laugh at the ridiculous ‘love’ scenes between the wife and the butcher. Don’t take it too seriously, just enjoy it!
A timeless classic about Tom’s adventures in his secret, midnight garden
When Tom is sent to his aunt’s house for the summer he resigns himself to weeks of boredom. Lying awake one night he listens to the grandfather clock in the hall strike every hour. Eleven . . . Twelve . . . Thirteen. Thirteen! Tom rushes down the stairs and opens the back door. There, awaiting him, is a beautiful garden. A garden that shouldn’t exist. And there are children in the garden too – are they ghosts? Or is it Tom who is really the ghost . . .
A wonderful story; rich, full, challenging, poignant and exciting. I read this to my children and they loved every minute of it. It was one of those ‘please read some more’ books and I think I got just as much pleasure out of it as they did.