Stig of the Dump Author, Clive King Dies, Aged 94

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Clive King, who brought us the children’s classic Stig of the Dump has died aged 94 earlier this week.

Born David Clive King in Richmond, Surrey on 24th April 1924, King grew up in Ash in Kent and was educated at the King’s School, Rochester before eventually graduating with a BA in English. From 1943 to 1946 King served as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, which took him to many places around the world including Japan where he saw the then recent devastation of Hiroshima.

Clive King started writing as a child and had his first published work Hamid of Aleppo in 1958, but it was 1973 when he became a full time writer, writing twenty novels between 1972 and 2008, but despite all his success he was mostly known for Stig of the Dump, which was twice adapted for television and is still used in British schools.

Stig of the Dump has never been out of print and has sold more than two million copies since it was first published back in 1963.

In addition to a selection of novels and children’s novels, Clive King also wrote plays and two nonfiction books.

Clive King is survived by his widow Penny and three children.

Roald Dahl Story Company to donate profits to charity

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Roald Dahl once wrote:

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

The people behind the Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd have decided to take these words and live by them by donating a percentage of the company’s profits to charity.

Roald Dahl had given his time and money to charity all his life, and even helped design an innovative and life-saving valve for children with hydrocephalus. His tireless efforts to improve children’s health and well-being continued after his death when his wife created the charity The Roald Dahl Foundation in 1990.

The charity rebranded as Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity on the 1st of November 2010, and up until 2013, it focussed upon supporting children with brain and blood conditions. Post-2012 the charity decided to focus on all serious illnesses that affect children, as well as a broad aim to improve literacy.

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Aussie children’s book will promote body positivity

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Body positivity is the next big issue for children’s literature.

Australian social work student, Jessica Sanders, decided to write a book for children after becoming sick of the unattainable goals people have forced upon them. As a woman Jess had increasingly noticed the pressures she and other girls faced in their day-to-day lives, in regards to their bodies. She also noticed a distinct gap in the market for children’s books that deal with the issue of body positivity and acceptance.

Jess, 24, is from Melbourne, Australia, and is on her way to completing her Masters degree in Social Work. In a video for Kickstarter, Jess tells a story familiar to most women and girls of being surrounded by images of the ‘ideal’ body type- slim, smooth, petite, pretty, etc- and when one does not fit into that mould it can feel as if something is wrong with you.

Jess’s idea starts with a book aimed at young girls, teaching them that their bodies are far more than pretty casing for their personalities. It puts the idea forward that no matter what shape or size you are, you are worthy of love from yourself and others.

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When children’s books go wrong…

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We love all kinds of children’s books here at Reading Addicts, but unfortunately not all kids’ books were created equally. Some are just plain weird. We’ve shown you some creepy and hilarious unintentional, and perhaps intentional, innuendo (Part 1 and Part 2), so buckle up and prepare for a whole lot of “What the hell?” and “WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS OKAY?”

Remember- if these monstrous titles could get published then there is hope for all budding writers.

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Alabama School Transformed into Hogwarts

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What better way is there to get your pupils excited about going to school and the prospect of reading than to transform their hallways and classrooms into Hogwarts from J.K. Rowling’s much-loved Harry Potter Series? Well, Parkside Elementary School in Baileyton, Alabama did just that!

Magical creatures adorn the walls, potion bottles stand on shelves, dementors hang from the ceiling, pages of the Quibbler are flyered about, there’s even a Mirror of Erised. The Seventh and Eighth-grade students at this school returning from their summer vacations were greeted by an exciting creation.

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New satirical kid’s book ‘Don’t Do That Donald’ is on its way!

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Don’t Do That, Donald! is a fun book for children of all ages brought to us by Paul Rigby, author of surprise bestsellers 50 Sheds of Grey and Mrs Fry’s Diary. 

In 2010, one year after he created the award-winning Twitter account @MrsStephenFry (recommended for the very silly), Mrs Fry’s Diary was named one of the Guardian Books of the Year. Paul’s answer to an erotic parody of EL. James’s 50 Shades series, featured on the Sunday Times Bestseller List in 2012, and is now a successful trilogy.

Out of that riotously funny mind comes a new satirical-humorous book for people of all ages. Fresh, bright cartoon illustrations provide the background for this woe-some story of a very naughty young man. Set as a cautionary tale- this rhyming poem warns us all of how little Donny cannot handle the pressure and starts acting out! “Don’t DO That Donald!”

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A 3D Pop Up Hogwarts Book is Coming and We’re So Excited!

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Have you heard the news? I am so excited I can barely type! If you’re still Potter mad, twenty years after the release of the first book, then we have something for you to get very excited about. This October there’s a Harry Potter pop up book coming, featuring the best known school in fiction.

Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts hits the shelves on October 23rd and is the perfect companion book to your Harry Potter series. The interactive guide to the iconic school features pop-up recreations of key locations both inside and outside the castle.

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