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My 7 year old

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-20

it was really good and I really like the other books too because of the adventure and the basilisk!
I like how Harry's scar is in the shape if a lightening bolt, any other shape would look weird.

positive message in a dramatic world

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-20

Offers practical ways to fend off the doom-mongerers. Just asks you to question and be humble. I always thought I was an optimist, but was uncomfortable with the binary nature of the choive between optimism and pessimism. This book shows how to be a hopeful person while not ignoring any harsh realities.

retelling and reclaiming

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-19

I love fairy and folk tales that are not Disney, because they are a little piece of the past that many people have collectively felt resonate in them enough to keep alive down many decades and generations. These are personal feelings and experiences that are either shared or ring true for different people for different reasons.
There is a strong sense of being connected to the past thru the stories, in a way that is quite different to a moralizing retelling. Disney is a hollow style of retelling which tries to apply a formula or an agenda.
I loved that the writers of each of these retellings added something personal and relatable, a key into the concerns and cares of the people in the past that has let us access some quite stark and coded messages in a deep and tangible way.

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shocker

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-19

This is a shocker of a book, full of Crystal clear bullets of sentiment, thoughts and feelings, some so grand and all encompassing that I had to pause to soak them up.
Golding doesn't waste a word, and the narrator relishes each and every one.

dreams...

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-19

A little like the uncomfortable feelings left over by a dream.
Alice in Wonderland is a little easier to follow as we were familiar with the story from Disney and abridged children's versions, but thru the Looking Glass was a bit more of a struggle.

inciteful

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-19

I had no idea about Romany culture,now I would like to know more. Feels like the kind of searching for identity described in the pages would resonate in many.

Never Disappointed.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-19

Sad to finish, always a bit worried with a "favourite" author that they might fall short of expectation. Not Neil, not yet.

sound ethos and passionately delivered

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-19

While I think there are more practical guides to parenting out there, full of hints, tips and shortcuts, this one is unashamedly commited to its ethos. Your child is an individual, and one day, they will be peering back at your mistakes just like you are peering back at your parents muck-ups.
The hand holding that happens throughout the narrative does several jobs; it points to weak areas in your childhood and soothes them, ensures you are armed against making the same mistakes that were done to you, but also humbles you before you make too many judgements about your own parents! Parenting really is a minefield!

awesome

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-19

an awesome collection of stories, still vibrant and captivating. really well read, Fry is delightful and a sincere Sherlockian.

Traditional and Festivly Spooky!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-18

Thoroughly enjoyable and beautifully read. Particularly enjoyed the Sickens treat at the end. Awesome Freebee!