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February, 2009

  1. Costumes: World Book Day

    February 27, 2009 by Amy Hansford

    The time has rolled around once again for another year celebrating World Book Day and Book Week. A chance for schools to celebrate creativity, make-believe and fun! People get into a right old tiz trying to find a costumes for a dressing up day like this. When working in As If By Magic, we would always advise a good rummage through the costumes to find something you like, then we’d all think up books to match it. So if you find yourself in a bind, try that!

    Here’s a mix of characters and titles that might spark some ideas.

    Aladdin – Traditional (Aladdin, the Princess, Genie)
    Alice In Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (Alice, Mad Hatter, Tweedledum/Tweedledee, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat)
    Aliens Love Underpants – an alien in some underpants, obviously! **new!**
    Angelina Ballerina – Helen Craig and Katherine Holabird
    Asterix – Asterix, Obelisk **new!**
    The BFG – Roald Dahl (a giant or Sophie? or even The Queen?)
    Bob the Builder
    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne (thanks Beccy!)
    Burglar Bill – Allan Ahlberg
    The Cat In the Hat – The Cat, the children, Thing 1, Thing 2
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl (Charlie, Willy Wonka, Grandpa or an Oompa Loompa?)
    Dictionary – wear all one colour and stick words/definitions over yourself?
    Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl
    Funny Bones
    Gansta Granny –
    Goldilocks –
     Goldie, a bear
    The Gruffalo – The Gruffalo, his child, the fox, the owl, the snake, the mouse, the BIG bad mouse! **new!**
    Harry Potter and the … – Harry, Hermione, Ron, Snape, Dumbledore, Voldemort, Hagrid, Luna Lovegood, Professor Lupin
    His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (Take a cuddly toy animal as your Daemon)
    Horrid Henry – Francesca Simon
    Jack and the Beanstalk – Jack, Daisy the cow, the Giant, the beanstalk itself
    James and the Giant Peach – James, the Peach, the Centipede and numerous others
    The Jolly Postman – Allen Ahlberg (Why not go as someone on his round?)
    The Jungle BookRudyard Kipling
    The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - one of the children, Aslan, the White Queen, Mr Tumnus
    Little Miss… – Sunshine, Naughty, Trouble, Chatterbox
    Little Red Riding Hood – Traditional. (Little Red, the Wolf, or Grandma?)
    Lord of the Rings – JR Tolkien (Where to start! Frodo, Bilbo, Legolas, Gollum, Gandalf)
    Mary Poppins – Mary herself, Jane, Michael, Burt the Chimney Sweep
    Meg and Mog – Helen Nicoll
    Mr Men – Happy, Tickle, Topsy Turvy, Tall, Loud
    Noddy – Enid Blyton (Noddy, Big Ears)
    Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (Oliver, Nancy, Fagin, the Artful Dodger)
    Percy the Park Keeper – Nick Butterworth (thanks Sarah!)
    Peter Pan – JM Barrie (Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Smee, Tinkerbell)
    Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
    Pinocchio - Pinocchio, Gepetto, Jiminy Cricket
    Pippi Longstocking
    Joseph Bruchac
    Puss In Boots – Traditional
    Robin Hood
    Room On The Broom – The Witch and the others!
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – Snow White, dwarf, wicked queen
    The Snow Dog - The Snowman, the boy, the dog
    The Snowman – The Snowman, the boy
    Spot – Eric Carle
    There’s a Viking In My Bed – Jeremy Strong
    Thomas the Tank Engine – The Fat Controller, plus cardboar dboxes to make yourself into an engine **new!**
    The Three Mustakeers – Alexandre Dumas
    Tin Tin – Herge
    Tracey Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
    The Twits – Roald Dahl
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar – A caterpillar, a butterfly, a leaf, a piece of fruit, a piece of junk food!
    Twilight – Stephanie Meyer (Pale up, fang up and look a little off kilt!)
    Watership Down – Richard Adams (Here’s some inspiration!)
    Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak (I saw the best Max costume from a paper-thin all in one boiler suit and some card claws and ears!)
    Where’s Wally – Martin Handford (Wally or Waldorf?)
    The Wind In the Willows – (Moley, Ratty, Badger, Mr Toad)?
    Winnie The Witch
    Where’s Wally 
    – not just Wally! There’s Waldo, and the Wizard and lots of other recurring characters!
    Winnie The Pooh – Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl and the rest!
    The Wizard of Oz – Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Professor Marvel, the Wicked Witch, Glinda the Good Witch
    101 Dalmations – Dodie Smith (Cruella, a dalmation)? **updated!**

  2. Picturesque

    February 19, 2009 by Amy Hansford

    I’ve had a bit of a falling out with Facebook.

    First he took my apple, then my lunch money, then he said that even if I closed my account he’d still own all my images and information and he’d use it anyway he wanted forever. Then he pulled my hair and ran away.
    The teacher told him off and he took it back, but I don’t trust him anymore. So I’ve pulled off my information and pictures to keep them here instead where I have a little more control of things. He’s in detention until he gets his act together, so I have time to sort things out.

    That means there’s pretty pictures here! Not all of the ones I had on Facebook, but a few for now. Beware – my camera may well travel with me from here on in!

  3. Film buffs unite

    February 8, 2009 by Amy Hansford

    You know when you remember the detail of a film but not the name of it or anything else about it. It drives you crazy, right? Well my friend is having just that problem.
    If you recognise any of the details below, please, for the love of all that is holy, comment or email on the title. Or even a ‘oh, that one, with the ______ thing where they _______ – nope, can’t remember the title’ is just as valid*. More information is a great help.


    “Anyone remember this…

    Quite an old film about a family who have no father and then their mum dies and the kids have to learn how to live on their own. One of the brothers slowly gives away his other siblings to other families to look after. I remember the youngest sister being a toddler and he wraps her up loads of blankets and puts her in a sledge/toboggan and pulls her through the snow to another family.
    I think that boy dies at the end of the film or something.

    Heh, so if you recognise it, let me know because it’s driving my mum and me crazy!”

    *I’m not in any way suggesting by a ‘fill in the blanks’ statement that this was a porn flick.

  4. Snow Day

    February 2, 2009 by Amy Hansford

    It’s been lovely seeing everyone’s comments and emails on the snow. For those reading this in retrospect, it’s Monday morning and most of Britain has woken up to 5 inches of snow, a rarity.

    I’m planning on posting some of my favourite comments here for posterity and also to allow you to share too, even if you’re not getting your ‘Snow Day’.

    “Cats sleeping apart from Otter, who is calling me to look at the disaster that has happened in the back garden. I tell him it’s ok, and he cries “no it’s not ok, it’s all out the front too, loooooooooook”, and we have to go look at the front. If I dont look he howls.”
    ~ My sister on her cats ~
    “I have one unhappy cat taking a crap in the house. Ack!”
    ~ A friend on her cat’s reaction ~

    “I feel like writing on a big piece of paper, ‘how many survivors?’ and showing it to the office across the street.”
    ~ via Twitter ~

    “Watching the TfL home page is a bit like a view into some sort of civic apocalypse”
    ~ via Twitter ~