Honk the herald angels sing. Glory to the newborn thing!
You’ve probably heard of Ricky Gervais – from The Office. But have you read his wonderful books about Flanimals?
They’re so disturbingly grotesque and funny that they prompted J.K. Rowling to write: ‘I generally oppose the banning of books, but there are some things our children shouldn’t know about. Nearly all of those things are Flanimals.’
When Anklebiter #1 and I were in the UK recently, we read some of the Flanimals books at bedtime. She couldn’t get enough of them. We were both flabbergasted and delighted by the Grundit, a big blobby Flanimal with a brain-like bump on its head; by the Plamgotis that swallows its hands in order to walk; and by the dozy Honk that spends most of its time asleep, only waking up to throw out the odd honk or two…
The books are a bestiary of all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures that elicit awe and feedback from parents, such as this:
‘I would like to apologise to Mr Gervais for my previous accusations. It turns out my daughter was already mental.’ Rebecca Fellows, Richmond, Surrey
It seems appropriate that my sister should give a boxed set of these books to Anklebiter #1 for Christmas this year.
They are a good antidote to the constraints and rules of school.
So, in true Flanimal style, let me spread some Christmas cheer!
Five Honks a honking
Four Clunges ambling
Three Coddles flopping
Two Munges fuddlin’
… and a Blunging in a pear tree