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online belb from mmmmmmhhhhzzzz!!! on 2019-09-04 22:25 [#02584756]
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did anyone else love mog growing up? i just
bought mog the forgetful cat on kindle, judith kerr
is brill


 

offline w M w from London (United Kingdom) on 2019-09-04 23:01 [#02584757]
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Yeah, the mog from spaceballs, not that stupid cat.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-09-05 00:40 [#02584762]
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i preferred kiki the parrot for her inherently slapstick
explosions of nonsense


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-09-05 00:53 [#02584763]
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LAZY_TITLE

dad used to take my sister and i to the library every
saturday to drop off the old books and pick up some new
ones. when i was seven or eight, i found i'd read most of
the books in the kid's section, and so my dad told the
librarian to find a book for me. the librarian, who was
seventy or eighty, took me over to a corner of the library
-- i actually have a distinct visual image of the moment in
my hed -- and started me on this.

it's exactly the sort of thing no one will ever read, now.
it has that proper old-skool flavor, 50s lingo. i distinctly
remember reading one line regarding "the splitting of the
atom" and even at that young age i kind of cringed at how
out-of-date it sounded

that aside, kiki the parrot. hilarious, genuinely. made me
obsessed with parrots for a bit. i started asking my parents
if we could get a parrot (did i mention i was seven?).

also of note is the presence of made-up languages, with
entire sentences of charming word salad that are effectively
meant to be a subtitle [foreign language]

enid blyton, the adventure series. not even well-known
enough to have plot summaries on wikipedia, possibly
gone/unavailable within a generation.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-09-05 00:56 [#02584764]
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there are actually some truly wtf moments, in retrospect.
like, the main characters -- a bunch of kids -- are trapped
on an island, in a pit. somehow, they get out. a man named
horace shows up with his boat. somehow, they manipulate
him into getting trapped in the hole, and then steal
his boat; leave him on the island, saying, "oh, it's
alright, there's a bunch of canned food in the hole." later,
horace's boat runs out of gas, and the petrol cans they
assumed were full are only half-full, and they complain
about how horace was a poor cheap idiot who didn't pay
enough and got ripped off on gas

they don't write kids' books like that anymore.


 

online belb from mmmmmmhhhhzzzz!!! on 2019-09-05 01:24 [#02584765]
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never was into enid blyton. like you say they're very 50s in
lingo and outlook... she's been in the news recently, as
it's come out that plans for a commemorative blyton coin
were dropped cos of her racist attitudes. golliwogs n shit
aren't too cool


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-09-05 01:41 [#02584766]
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i saw that on wikipedia, lol.

for the last, oh, fifteen years, i've gone about my life
assuming that i'm pretty much the only one that's read The
Adventure Series. in the US, this very well might be true.
it's still odd to me that anyone else has heard of her at
all!

despite her flaws -- some of which i was aware of, even at
seven -- it's good shit if you're reading it and ten years
of age or less.


 


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