He has an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot – And two lovely sisters who play on the flute – But Mr Magnolia has only one boot.
the other day, in preparation for a children’s book week promotion at the library, we were asked to list favourite books from our childhood. after thinking about it for a bit, i decided upon quentin blake as the author/illustrator, and it was a toss up between Mr Magnolia, and The Giant Jam Sandwich. I chose Mr Magnolia because he had only one boot and I felt sorry for him.
other favourites i could think of were the magic faraway tree series [enid blyton] and those “girl’s own”/”brownie guide”annuals popular in the UK at one point. i feel that these very ‘proper’ books were a great influence in my life, contributing to my general uprightness and possession of high moral fibre.
however, i also loved my beautifully illustrated copy of the fairytale The 12 Dancing Princesses – where the girls sneak out at night, every night, and party on till dawn at the discotheque.
so it’s probably safe to assume that underneath my facade of community do go’er I am a deceptive dirty ho.
care to revisit your past and list your favourites?