Story (for big kids) Coraline, Neil Gaiman; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon; Coram Boy, Jamilla Gavin; How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff; The Book of Everything; Guus Kuijer; Burning Issy, Melvyn Burgess
Story (for smaller kids) Wolves, Emily Gravett; Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak; The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler; Clarice Bean books, Lauren Child; Moomintroll books, Tove Jansson; The Stinky Cheese Man, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith; Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late, Mo Willem; Egg Drop, Minnie Grey, Mrs Goose’s Baby, Charlotte Voake
Non-fiction books (for small kids) Extreme Animals, Nicola Davies and Neal Layton; No Dodos, Amanda Walkworth; Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?, Robert E Wells
Animal Angler fish – it lives in the zone of perpetual darkness at the bottom of the sea and is really ugly! There’s no picture because it looks too scary
Movie (suitable for kids) Muppet Treasure Island

TV programme

The Big Knights (not on any more, but it was brilliant! they were big, stupid and brave); Clangers (again, not on now – knitted aliens on a strange planet who talked by whistling and got food from a Soup Dragon who lived in a cave). (Actually, I don’t watch television, so I can’t have any current favourites because I don’t know what’s on.)
Cartoon character Roobarb in Roobarb and Custard
Ice cream In England: Haagen Dazs Pralines and cream; in Italy: chocolate, from the gelateria near Ca’ d’Oro on the Strada Nova in Venice
Drink Gin and orange (oops) or cafe latte
Smell Frangipani, or coconut flavoured after-sun cream
Place Venice in Italy – the coolest city in the world, where there are only canals and pointy boats and no roads, cars or bikes.
Outfit Lilac silk skirt, red jumper with big holes, blue flip-flops
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