RpgGamerGirl loves this book. She loves pointing out Nancy (like me!) and Jack (a big boy, like RpgGamerBoy!). I love reading it too because the illustrations are gorgeous, particularly the one where the two children climb down a waterfall. And the storm clouds are magnificent.
Jack and Nancy, two 18th(?) century children, are whisked off to a desert island when they open up their father’s green umbrella in a strong wind. They make friends with a parrot, swim with fish, eat fruit off bushes and sleep up a tree. Eventually they are rescued by a passing sailing ship, taught to dance the hornpipe, and taken home.
Actually, both GamerGirl and GamerBoy love the umbrella part – and the fact that Jack and Nancy gain a pet parrot (though GamerGirl insists it’s an owl).
Maybe this could be a good way to start a game with kids? They could end up anywhere of course, not necessarily on a desert island…
Mr Gum and his pal Billy William the Third are a pair of absolute horrors and they make RpgGamerBoy (6) laugh like a drain. RpgGamerGirl (3) loves them too though I doubt she has much idea what is going on. Stanton is playful with language and the villains are enjoyably revolting (though not particularly scatalogical). I find the books almost as hilarious as the kids do. Stanton’s take on Humpty-dumpty, ‘Yolk boy, yolk boy, that wall’s not safe,” cracks me up every time I remember it.
Thrones and Bones by Lou Anders
We are big fans of these books (so much so RpgGamerDad and I voiced the trailer for them!) I’m not allowed to read them to RpgGamerBoy – that’s for special daddy-son time just before bed. I have a sneaky listen in though.