Book Narnia

The door to Book Narnia
The door to Book Narnia

This has been an amazing week as I finally got to go to Narnia. Well book narnia. I opened the wooden door, stepped in to a world covered in books.

Like Lucy, I was both nervous and excited to find myself in Narnia but I couldn’t wait to discover the land and its people. As soon as I entered the book by the magic doorway, I could sense a change in temperature and a wonderful scent wafting past my nose. It was the smell of old books – the best smell in the world. What visions would I see? What gems would I discover? I couldn’t wait to find out.

Suddenly a vision appeared. It said ' More books this way' I followed it straight away
Suddenly a vision appeared. It said ‘ More books this way’ I followed it straight away

I walked very slowly around the land of books, careful not to step on any little people or creatures that might be living here. I could be Gulliver to them after all. I would have to take care not to knock any books over. Who knows what damage I could do. I turned back in the direction i had come from eager to remember the path I had taken. Luckily I had a half eaten sandwich in my coat pocket which I took out and crumbled up in my hand. I scattered some of the crumbs behind me in an attempt to find my way back again. Well, it had been good enough for Hansel and Gretal I told myself. I then remembered where they had ended up so I told myself that I would keep my eye open for any nasty witch who might want to eat me.

The book tower
The book tower

I stopped in amazement beside a tower of books and held my breath as I heard a voice. Who was that? Dobby suddenly appeared from behind and smiled at me. Dobby asks if he can help the booktrailer. Dobby would like to assist you in showing you some books you might like in book narnia. I said yes I would love Dobby to show me round. He smiled at me nervously. Dobby has never been asked to show  book Narnia to a book trailer before. I smiled at him and asked him to lead the way.

books carpet the stairs
books carpet the stairs

The weather had suddenly changed in book Narnia so there now was a snowy carpet of books covering the floor and the stairs. We had to be careful as we navigated our way around. Watch out for the thriller books said Dobby. Some of them are scary and will jump out at you!

The thrillers - watch out for bad people and nasty surprises! Be Brave!
The thrillers – watch out for bad people and nasty surprises! Be Brave!

The romantic fiction tribe lives here said Dobby. These are special books who love for you to take home and sit them on your knee in front of a roaring fire.

The romantic tribe live here in these hallowed walls
The romantic tribe live here in these hallowed walls

These books will transport you away from Narnia and away to distant lands. You can climb the Magic Faraway Tree, learn languages and meet people like Pippi Langstrump from all over the world.

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I thanked him but decided to stay in Narnia for now although we did visit the little mini bookshop in Narnia where the Lilliputians, the oompah loompahs and the hobbits live

 

The mini version of book narnia
The mini version of book Narnia

It was nearly time for me to leave Narnia but before I did, I managed to collect a few books that I knew would take me on many more journeys once I had left Narnia and was back on the other side of the door.

Apparently I would soon be off to Wimbledon Common, back to school with the World’s Worst Witch and stop off to see Horrid Henry. Dobby said he would teach me some tricks to get my own back if I did see Henry.

I thanked Dobby and followed the trail of breadcrumbs to the door and out of Narnia

I leave Narnia but know that I will be back one day soon
I leave Narnia but know that I will be back one day soon

Back in the real world, I turned and smiled to myself. It looked just like a bookshop from the outside but in fact it was a Narnia of books that I just knew I would be going back to very soon.

I have the secret passageway that will take you to Book Narnia – you can enter it here- http://www.keelrowbookshop.co.uk/  – but careful! you enter at your own risk. You will probably come out with more books that you can carry and the booktrail can not be held responsible for any book emergencies or book accidents. Once inside hours can pass by without your knowledge and you may never get out….

Children’s book week

Children’s book week is of course upon us and Book Trust are running a cool poll whereby you can vote for your favorite children’s books out of a list of 100. I’ve cast my vote and have a few memories of my own from those on the list and from some that aren’t. See the full list here – http://www.booktrust.org.uk/news-and-blogs/news/222/

Even I am now an adult, I love love this little book and the other ones in the series. I don't think there is an age limit for books - a good book is a good book through out your life!
Even I am now an adult, I love love this little book and the other ones in the series. I don’t think there is an age limit for books – a good book is a good book through out your life!
My favourite as a child - my poor mother can still recit this by heart years later. it fascinated me so much...all that porridge! I used to wish my breakfast could do that.
My favourite as a child – my poor mother can still recit this by heart years later. it fascinated me so much…all that porridge! I used to wish my breakfast could do that.
What can I say? A classic. I started climbing trees not long after reading this book for the first time and am still hoping to find Moonface!
What can I say? A classic. I started climbing trees not long after reading this book for the first time and am still hoping to find Moonface!
Mum bought me this from a church shop to keep me from moaning one day. Having seen black and white photos of her one day as a child, I was convinced this story was true. Where had colour come from??
Mum bought me this from a church shop to keep me from moaning one day. Having seen black and white photos of her one day as a child, I was convinced this story was true. Where had colour come from??
A classic and my tip for learning Swedish. Language learning is fun this way!
A classic and my tip for learning Swedish. Language learning is fun this way!

I have kept all of these favourites of mine and regularly buy new ones despite not having any kids to read them to. Well, children’s books are timeless and ageless aren’t they. For big and small kids alike. I’d love to know your favourite books from your childhood or indeed those you love now. Please leave a message below

A new addition to my book family

Well, if ever there was a day where I was so overcome with book dizziness that I nearly fainted, this was it. It was the launch day of books are my bag – a genius campaign to highlight not only the good work but the great and invaluable work that local bookshops do for the literary good all over the country.

So, in order to show my support, I got up early and left my literary friends in the house chattering away to one another in the excitement of not knowing which new friend I would be bringing back to live with them that night. They knew that it would more than likely be a multiple delivery – I never do things by halves!

So, taking only one literary friend with me – to be there with me during the waiting and wondering period – before knowing which literary baby would be coming home with me, wrapped up in a brown blanket of paper – well it’s nice to have some support during what can be a testing and challenging time, I made my way towards the delivery room –

 

The Forum book 'nursery' - where bookish adventures are born
The Forum book ‘nursery’ – where bookish adventures are born

 

Aaah as I looked through the glass I saw all the newborns waiting for their parents to come and collect them –

 

The window of opportunity
The window of opportunity

 

My heart melted when I saw my book looking up at me – the bookseller hadn’t pointed her out yet but I knew as soon as I laid my eyes on her that she was mine.

 

Getting the new addition to the family nicely settled in
Getting the new addition to the family nicely settled in

Then I had some wonderful cake to welcome all this new addition to the literary world

Bless the little books xx I hope many of their parents came to collect them that day and will continue to go to their nearest place where books are born so that they might find a nice new owner and a nice new home. xx