Susan Hill’s blog is full of excitement at the moment with the imminent launch of The Battle for Gullywith (I was lucky enough to read it early, for my review click here). Check out this fantastic trailer which had my 2 and 4 year old flocking to my computer with lots of questions “What’s that?” being the predominant one, now all they have to do is learn to read! Actually talking about them learning to read, it’s getting exciting how close that is actually getting for Girl Lacer, she’s at a nursery attached to the school she’ll hopefully go to (find out at the earliest April 23) and it’s been fantastic, it’s no hot house but they’ve managed to teach her most of her letters by associating her classmates names with the first letters of their names, which is great except for those letters which arn’t the first letter in any of her classmates names! She can also now do basic addition and subtraction, knows how to rhyme and will lecture you at length about what foods are healthy and which arn’t. So school ‘proper’ and the journey to learn to read starts in September and I’m so excited for her, of course she gets read to (lots) now but to be able to open up that ‘uniquely portable magic’ (Stephen King quote) at will, wow all those adventures she’s going to be able to go on! I hope she’s going to be a ‘reader’, I know some kids arn’t and I’m not going to push her but still, no actually all the signs are good, she’s always loved books since a little baby but I’ve sensed recently that she’s getting a little bored of picture books. Boy Lacer I think loves books even more, when he was a baby it wasn’t a teddy he wanted to sleep with it was a book (not anyone in particular), he’d stand up in his cot and go “book, book!” we’d give him one which he’d lay down on his mattress and then promptly lay down on and fall asleep!
But back to Gullywith, there’s a lovely interview in the Independent, with the fantastic news that there will be a sequel, yipee!