Fattypuffs & Thinifers (Patapoufs et Filifers) – Andre Maurois

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I first encountered this book as a kid, lurking on the bookshelves at The Davids – family friends who also introduced Tom and me to Richard Scarry and Josephine Tey (and Jacob’s Sheep and Laphroaig).

Short enough for an under-10 to read over a weekend, and deceptively categorised as a ‘children’s novel’, this slim (5mm) gem of a story (with great illustrations by Fritz Wegner) is a gentle lesson in tolerance and co-existance, between individuals and families, nations and races.

One to read, read and read again – to yourself and to nephews and neices – in fact any ‘kid’ of any age you know.

I’ve still got my (battered) copy, 45p RRP and still going strong if you want to borrow it……

Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book – Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

DIY Ben & Jerry’s – Your very own taste of Heaven in an ice cream cone

Ice cream fans, this is a must.

Simply take:
Double Cream
Vanilla Essence
‘Stuff’ (chopped up twix, fruit, lurid green food colourant)
One Ice cream maker (A Capital Investment for any kitchen)
An ability to convert from US ‘Cups’ into pints/millilitres/whatever
This Book

….and you will have the wherewithall to create endless tubs of your very own Ben & Jerry’s icecream and sorbets. All in under an hour.

Tasting is believing.

Best Rainy Day Book Ever – Richard Scarry

An extremely aptly named book

Frustratingly “Not Yet Published” according to Amazon, even though I spent many a happy childhood hour glueing together models of BusyTown, colouring in taxis and fire engines and reading the adventures of Lowly Worm.

Perfect activity book present for primary school age kids, and is guaranteed to keep them (and you) occupied come rain or shine.

Amazon might not stock it, but FarawayCards do….
(thanks Nick!)