Publishing date:6th November 2008
Heartwarming stories about the
wonderfully funny things that children
say, from Gervase Phinn’s bestselling
Following on from the terrific success of A Wayne
a Manger, Gervase Phinn has collected together his
favourite stories about children from his bestselling
Dales books, and he has also included some poems
from his popular Puffin poetry books.
In this humorously illustrated book, the stories have
one thing in common – the wonderfully funny (and
usually innocent) things that children say. What
makes Naomi’s granny wobble? What’s the secret
ingredient in Richard’s jam tarts? What is Billy’s
unconventional method for making babies?
Whether they are stories about children who cannot
read very well but know the names of all the breeds of
sheep, or children who are more privileged (coming to school
in a Wolls-Woyce), they are simply delightful.
This heartwarming book will not only enchant you, it
will make you look at life through a child’s eyes – and
that’s quite a special thing.
Praise for Gervase Phinn
‘Gervase Phinn is a natural storyteller . . . he has a
marvellous ear for
one-liners and a constant flow of anecdotes about the things
‘hilarious, touching, heartwarming’
‘Gervase Phinn writes warmly, and with great wit, about the
children and adults he meets in Yorkshire schools. An
enchanting montage of experiences. Colourful, funny and
‘An enchanting collection of anecdotes’
‘A natural storyteller, he combines the timing of a
professional comedian with the palpable warmth and the
ability to deliver a message that is much more than just a
series of jokes’
The Times Educational Supplement
Gervase Phinn is a teacher, freelance lecturer,
author, poet, school inspector, educational consultant
and visiting professor of education – but none
of these is more important to him than his family.
For fourteen years he taught in a range of schools,
then acted as General Adviser for Language
Development in Rotherham before moving on to
North Yorkshire, where he spent ten years as a school
inspector, time that has provided so much source
material for his books. He is a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Arts and an honorary Fellow of St John’s
Gervase Phinn lives with his family near Doncaster.