Thursday, 4 March 2010

World Book Day

Yay! A day to celebrate all things bookish.

Actually I think this is aimed more at children than surly middle-aged librarians, so here is one of my all-time favourite children's books.

The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka.

On World Book Day you are meant to come to school (or work, presumably) dressed as your favourite literary character. In case you are wondering, I'm not sitting here dressed as Stinky Cheese Man.

Err, I really hope I'm not. But anyway, it's a ripping yarn and you learn stufff like this:

I think there's a message there for all of us.

Currently I am reading Mirrors by Eduardo Galeano.

As the title suggests, it is a history of nearly everyone and everything, and it's written in handy bite-sized chunks so you can read it on the tram without being distracted completely by other people's phone conversations. It's a cracking read and, again, one where you learn stuff. Like Hitler's troops were dressed by Hugo Boss, and Fanta was invented for Nazi Germany because they were having trouble getting Coca Cola into the country.

I've always known that Fanta is a reprehensible beverage.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Dishy,
    Hugo Boss, tailor to those dapper, Fanta-guzzling Nazis. What a fascinating bit of trivia, indeed! I wonder if this got out further whether HB suits will still fetch such high prices.

    I've always preferred Orange Crush myself but now that I'm older and presumably wiser, I stay away from atomic colored foods...being rather vain about how my internal organs might look...who wants an orange-dyed gullet? Ugly!

    As for the stinky/stupid stories do they have the goods on ol' Cinderella? I've always been a bit suspicious about that one...

    Snacky :-)