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Originally released over forty years ago, this story has never lost its appeal or become dated. At that time, most children's books told stories that were sweet or sometimes adventurous or classic tales and mostly uplifting. Maurice Sendak broke that mould with “Where the wild things are”!

 Judith Viorst recognized that children see the injustices of life and that things are often NOT FAIR!

Beautifully titled for the content this is definitely a Magpies collection of odd bits and pieces, which becomes addictive after reading the first story relating to Chariot racing and Roman hooliganism circa AD 51-96: after all what is really new in the world! Now it is just very fast cars.

Track one lets you straight into the ambience of the music as you can almost hear the snowflakes gently falling, the cold crispness of a still winters night and the depth of awe that comes just before the dawning of a new day. Beautiful, soft and gentle, let the peace wash over you.

With the author's words “Fiction is the best way of telling the Truth” I knew this would not be a comfortable book to read. Parenting has never been easy and identifying with someone else's questionable decisions makes for confronting reading.

The setting of this story is magnificent and comes alive with descriptions of Broome and its surrounds. The beautiful bays and turquoise waters, the mangroves where they go crabbing, and the starry sky, make a picturesque backdrop for this story.

Of all the Peanuts characters Woodstock would have to be the quiet achiever of the group as without uttering one single word manages to communicate his completely unique way of looking at life, via is great friend Snoopy.

To describe his view on life is as simple as it is subtle, but somehow manages to achieve everything he wants: from getting a free flight on a football to enticing Snoopy to hang upside down in a tree while they play ‘bats”.

To breast feed or to bottle feed that is the issue and never has an issue been so debated for so long with a variety of results, all ending usually in tears by one party or the other.

As the years have gone by it has become almost imperative that to be able to breast feed your baby is the absolute ultimate in becoming a mother. If you can’t you are immediately cast into the invidious position of being a poor mother.

Before we start this is definitely an adult book aimed at the section of the community that have a particularly warped sense of humour, enjoying the slightly black and very definitely ridiculous in life.

Meet one Vampire as he sets about deciding just what it is that he would like to drink. Mind you it is on the full moon, one Sunday night.

With Christmas fast approaching this is a fresh new take on the traditional story of three little pigs, except in this case there are five little pigs who are busy getting into the Christmas spirit, as they sing and dance their way towards Christmas, having fun buying their presents and generally enjoying themselves.

This is an account of the early years of Dom Harvey's life.  Dominic is currently a radio broadcaster in New Zealand, and if his show is as witty and humorous as his book, I'd love to hear it. Dom is totally honest, and totally irreverent about his childhood.  Like most of us, his parents wanted the best for their children and like most of us they made many mistakes along the way.

 The over-riding feeling in this book is the sense of individuality among all the family members.  The common thread that holds them together is love and total disregard for each other.

This is a story of two men, twins to be exact and their journey through life: one being the blessed twin whose life always seems to turn out just right. The other, well his life is and has always been full of challenges. How can this be when after all they are twins? Was one born under a good sign and the other not, or is it simply life and life’s blessing?

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