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Cautionary Tales For Children
Wonderful witty poems great for reading to your children. The stories and rhymes will stay with them for the rest of their lives.


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My Neighbour Totoro
The story feels like it has been woven together with an elegance and beauty that is almost totally lacking in western animated films: A perfect film for a father to watch with his kids

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  March 26, 2008
Date posted March 26, 2008  

My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

Hayao Miyazaki

One of the loveliest childrenís films ever made. And you donít just have to take my word for it, or that of my kids who sat spellbound through it (boys, ages 8 to 12), because every single review I have read about this film has been glowing. Donít let the strange title put you off, and donít expect to have to sit through sub-titles because this film has been elegantly dubbed into English.
. . . Satsuki and her little sister Mei move to a new house in the country with their dad, while their mother convalesces in hospital miles away. Not long after they have arrived, while following a little creature she found in the vegetable patch, Mei dives through a hedge and discovers a wonderful place full of friendly spirits and magical adventures.
. . . The pace, mood imagery of the film so perfectly captures the simple, wholesome way of life in rural Japan, that the story feels like it has been woven together with an elegance and beauty that is almost totally lacking in western animated films. A perfect film for a father to watch with his kids, we were recommended this film by a dad who visited dadcando and told us that ďMy Neighbour TotoroĒ was his two daughtersí favourite film. All I can say is that my three boys sat almost stock still and in complete silence throughout the entire film, and in their free time at school the next day, all drew various of the storyís characters from memory.
. . . For me, one of the loveliest things about the film is that when Satsuki and Mei tell their dad that they have seen wood spirits and dust gremlins, he sincerely believes them and gently encourages them to be honourable to the spirits, even though, because he is a grown-up, he canít see the magic himself.


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Cautionary Tales For Children
Wonderful witty poems great for reading to your children. The stories and rhymes will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Emily the Strange
Beautifully designed and put together, Emily the Strange is just one of those books that is lovely to own and look at and read, whoever you are.

Gormenghast
Stunningly written modern day classic that knocks Potter and Middle Earth into a cocked hat, this sumptuously described and gorgeously dark tale is filled to bursting with fascinating characters

Stardust
A superbly realised fairytale for the modern viewer with more than enough action intrigue and good old fashioned entertainment values for all the family for repeated viewings

Fablehaven
If you liked Spiderwick, HP and Artemis Fowl, then you'll love Fablehaven, with its intelligent, funny and well paced writing, it's more than a match for any of them.

The Alchemist
Many people's favourite book of all time, and certainly in the top ten of anyone that's read it, a gloriously written fable about finding what you are searching for

Perudo (Liar′s Dice)
A beautiful tin boxed game that is easy to learn and endless fun to play. It can be played by up to five players, perfect for a range of ages playing together

Secondhand Lions
A young boy goes to live with his two eccentric great uncles he never knew he had, they show him how to have fun and he gives them something to live for

Kensuke's Kingdom
A wonderful book about adventure and friendship, perfect for your children to read or for you to read to them, often described by children as the best book they have ever read

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
A beautifully written and profoundly moving book, that is guaranteed to change the way you look at life and make sure that you never take anything for granted again

Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?
Answers to all those tricky questions that you thought would never be answered, Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? is a compulsive compendium of the fascinating

Howl's Moving Castle
A gorgeously animated and beautiful directed film that seems to find a whole new palette of colours from somewhere.

Crucial Conversations
Conversational tools and tips for talking when the stakes are high. An invaluable book that will boost your confidence and help you get the best outcome from every conversation

Nerf Vortex Mega Howler
If you want to throw things (and letís face it what kid doesnít want to throw things), then you canít go far wrong with the Nerf Vortex Mega Howler.

The Dads' Book
Clever tips and practical advice, wittily delivered on the art of fatherhood, to give you the best chance of carrying on the tradition of rubbish jokes and being good at everything, like a proper dad.

My Neighbour Totoro
The story feels like it has been woven together with an elegance and beauty that is almost totally lacking in western animated films: A perfect film for a father to watch with his kids

Lego Star Wars II
A great game, witty and engaging and suitable for all ages, Lego Star Wars II is designed for two players, who each have their own character, that have to work together to be successful.




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