Book Review 33 – An Old Favourite – Stig of the Dump

I have read Stig three times now once at school.  Then to my daughter and then finally I have just finished reading it to my son.  I love Stig of the dump it’s just such a marvellous book.

When I read it as a child I just loved Stig and wanted a Stig in my life.  I also just loved the idea of this rural idyll where you got to run about it seemed like a perfect childhood.  When I read it to my daughter it was just about the time that the economy reached the bottom.  And it struck me how Stig would be very useful in these times with his ability to re-cycle goods that others throw away.  This time I laughed out loud when the “Lions” arrive at the party its such a hilarious yet scary part of the book when you realise that there is actually a real Lion at a children’s party. These days health and safety would have kittens.   I loved again the rural setting it shows and the fact that it was childhood as it should be though it struck me for the first time in some ways it feels slightly dated now.  Yet in saying that for me this is why Stig is such an endearing book.  It’s childhood as it should be as you would want it to be.  Ability to roam free, stretch your imagination and make friends in a safe and loving environment.

Stig of the dump.  I loved it as a child.  I loved it when I read it to my daughter and I love it now.  If you have never read it give it a go and if you have a child sit down and read it to them and watch the wonder of imagination growing.

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About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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