It's BBC Children in Need and this year you can get double the feel-good factor when you support this fantastic cause! This year, and fo...

Children in Need Special

Friday, November 13, 2015 BookBairn Blog 16 Comments

It's BBC Children in Need and this year you can get double the feel-good factor when you support this fantastic cause! This year, and for the first time ever, some of the most famous names in music, sport and TV have contributed their imaginative ideas to a picture book, from which profits will go to Children in Need.

'The Curious Tale of Fi-Rex' is a hilarious story written as a game of consequences with each celebrity (or group of celebrities) were given some character details and the final line from the preceding page. The result is exactly what you would expect from a game of consequences slightly disjointed, but ultimately hysterical nonsense! It is all brought together by the wonderful illustrations of Julia Patton, featuring circus lions playing football, Keith Lemon as an umpire, a half-boy half-banana, two animal pop groups (Pond Direction and Quack That) and a Beetle.

This book is clearly not aimed at BookBairn so I will take it upon myself to share my opinion. I absolutely adore Julia Patton's illustrations and they amazingly bring the whole story together. I don't want to give away to much but an adventure into 'the Land of Your Imagination' with twists and turns galore will certainly keep you on tenterhooks. Here are some hints about what to expect. I know a few dinosaur-fans who will love the fact that the main protagonist is half-girl half-T-Rex and the crazed adventures will have kiddies in hysterics. Fans of boy bands will love the One Direction page, fans of man bands will be unable to resist the Take That section, featuring a flying Gary Barlow-duck, and the older generation will have great fun spotting the Beatles references in the Paul McCartney penned section. Sports fans will enjoy the footballing lions, tennis court and jumping of the diving board scenes contributed by Wayne and Colleen Rooney, Andy Murray and Tom Daley. A book for the whole family! Personally, I will definitely be using it in school to get a game of story-writing consequences going on.

Simply, this is an easy book to enjoy as a family! And to contribute to charity fundraising thrown in to boot.

 

 Good luck to all those fundraising for Children in Need this year! Mummy and BookBairn-Pudsey!






16 comments:

  1. I used to love playing consequences when I was a child. This sounds like a really fun book :)

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    1. I am looking forward to using it at school! Consequences is great fun!

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  2. aaaa love the look of this and what fabulous pictures :) thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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  3. This sounds like a lovely idea! And that outfit is just too adorable! :) #readwithme

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    1. I can't resist a dressing up outfit! Our next post will have BookBairn the hungry caterpillar in it!

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  4. I love the look of the book from the cover illustration. Not so sure about the 1D stuff though. I guess it might encourage some, but I think it would turn my boy off as 'that's for girls'.

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    1. I know what you mean about the 1D stuff, but it's only a page and the list of authors is so long, perhaps you could sneak it past him? I've just lent our copy to a dino-loving boy!

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  5. I like the idea of buying a book to help support Children in Need rather than another slice of cake #readwithme

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    1. I know exactly what you mean about another slice of cake, but I just can't help myself. I'll have my book and cake (and I'll eat it)!

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  6. We love books, my obsession is definitely being passed over to my girls and this one looks fab. Also, get that the money goes to support Children in Need. Thank you so much for linking up to #SundayStars xxx

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    1. Oooo, would love to know your favourite books. Like tips from other readers!

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  7. Great cause I childrens books that are funny for adults too! Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars x

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    1. I know exactly what you mean! After all the grown-ups are the ones reading them over and over too! I think authors who write books for children that appeal to adults are geniuses.

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