Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie – A Review

 “Second to the right and straight on till morning”

 Rather than a hard copy, I downloaded a free Collins classic version of Peter Pan for Kindle from Amazon. I was already expecting a short read of 189 pages, however the story does end at page 160 with the rest of the pages containing ‘classic literature words and phrases adapted from the Collins English dictionary ‘. As the words were not directly related to the text this seemed surplus to requirements. The length of the book remains appropriate especially as it is a children’s classic.

My expectation compared to the reality of reading this classic work were a distance apart at times. A few characters were quite different in the book to how I had imagined. Mainly i feel, due to the characterisation/merchandising of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell by Disney, which actually shows how powerful this can be as I haven’t actually seen the film! 

My favourite characters quite unexpectedly, as I knew little about them when I began were:-

  • Wendy for her darning and motherly ways.
  • Nana the canine nanny (great placement of a dog in literature!)

Despite the slight let down due to my own imagination, i still feel there is much to be gained from Barrie’s solid story that has stood the test of time. Woven in there is the moral of the story ‘good form’ and doing the right thing. Of course it is apparent how times have changed socially in the little over a hundred years since the book was written. A reference to how much higher men were valued compared to women shows this – “Then John was born, with the extra pomp that he conceived due to the birth of a male.”  This is thought provoking for all but a good discussion point with older children.

I would recommend Peter Pan for a child of 10 or 11 years upwards or any adult who like me missed out reading it earlier.

Much love x 

P.S. Just to be clear i have no affiliation with Kindle or Amazon x

Bridget Jones’s Baby The Diaries- A Review

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Bridget Jones’s Baby The Diaries by Helen Fielding, Published by Jonathan Cape.

Opening a Bridget Jones novel is like catching up with old friends.  Hearing their voices, being reminded of all the things that you love about them and just maybe that one thing that could send you a little crazy. Helen Fielding has absolutely delivered again.

I don’t think I am spoiling the story for anyone to say that Bridget is still single and falls pregnant. What ensues is pregnancy Bridget style and the puzzle of who’s the father?

Whilst engrossed within the pages I have shrieked, laughed cringed and more. Even if you have seen the movie the book has that extra charm. If you haven’t yet read any of the Bridget Jones series then I urge you to start at the beginning (it’s a very good place to start!), put up a DO NOT DISTURB sign and have the time of your life!

 

Lou x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A book rich Christmas

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Oh what a wonderful book rich Christmas we have had here at the Snug with something for everyone! So much so that I have just had to take some (not quite so expert) photos to to let you into the magic of these wonderful treats.

Miss Snug is building up her Early Years resources and received these beautiful books suitable for toddlers and preschool children. The Owl Babies comes with it’s own baby owl to accompany the story  and in a small plastic case making a smart classic gift. I’ll review these books very soon, keep checking back.

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I keep a ‘must read’ board on my Pintrest account. Having read a rave review for The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83¼ Years Old just before Christmas, I promptly added the book to my board. Imagine my surprise when on Christmas day I received a copy as a gift because Miss Snug had used my list to give hints to Mr Snug! Pintrest is very useful indeed in our house!  I’m looking forward to getting my nose stuck into this book and comparing my thoughts with the review that caught my attention – I’ll let you know.

Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Baby, The Diaries – Being a major fan of Bridget Jones both movies and books, what could be a better gift. Many years ago, I remember trying to wash up with one hand and read the original Bridget Jones’s Diaries with the other.  Will this be as riveting?

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Guy Martin’s Worms to Catch has been a real page turner for Mr Snug over the past couple of days and although he has told me some bits and pieces I will get a full review and post it for you once he’s finished. Jamie Vardy – From Nowhere, My Story will be next on his list so look out for that one too.

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You may recognise these three titles from the Zoella Book Club. Miss Snug has already started The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon.  I think I may also be seeking permission to have a read of these as they look so tempting!

Well I think I had better stop there although there were a couple more books in the sacks but they can wait for another day.  Which titles did you receive in your stockings and how do you choose which one to read first?

Hope your Christmas season is continuing to be a happy one.

Much love

Lou x