Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Book With No Pictures - B.J Novak

Have you ever picked up a book and realised it's one of the most fantastic books you have ever read? I mean that hardly happens but when you do, its okay to shout from the rooftops and buy for everyone you know. And that's exactly what happened when this book fell into our laps a few weeks ago. 

There's a bit of hype going on around this book. It's a picture book. But not. I mean there isn't even any pictures in it, so how will a kid even like it? 

Well with every book, everything that is written down the person reading has to say. No matter what. So when you get words like BLORK and BADOINGY FACE they have to be read. 

This is our favourite book of the year. Something that I never thought I would have said when I have such an obsession with Oliver Jeffers, but it's true!

Max finds this book hilarious. Laughing each time we read him it (three times a night) and shouting the words in the right places. A firm favourite and classic for the future. 

Watch this video to find out how good it really is. 

Thanks Puffin for the book.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Max's Xmas Gifts

With Christmas looming we have finally got all of Max's presents. We tend not to go overboard. Mainly because we don't have the room, nor the money for it. With a budget of £100 I am so happy so say we came underneath that and he is going to be so excited. His main present is the guitar. Something that he has been bugging us since christmas last year!

  • Olaf Onesie
  • Lego city arctic set
  • Lego city police chase set
  • Rockburn purple guitar
  • Mcbusted DVD
  • Guitar Strap
  • Snakes and ladders game

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Robin Hood - Lighthouse Poole

Who doesn't love a bit of theatre? We are a bit of a theatre obsessed family, having been involved with it someway or another for as long as we can remember, so it is great to pop and see something awesome! 

This year, Poole Lighthouse are showing the spectacular Robin Hood as their family panto and it doesn't disappoint. We were invited along to their press night to see how dazzling this show really was. 

We honestly weren't really in the mood for a panto, I was down in the dumps over work, Scott was full of cold and Max was frankly overtired and a bit cranky. As soon as the curtains came up that completely changed though. We couldn't have asked for a better show to get us in the festive spirit. 

The show is written and directed by Tom Bright, who also stars as Friar Tuck. The character that had us all crying with laughter with his pork pie obsessions and cross-dressing antics! It's a really well written show. One that allows room for the stars to laugh on stage as well as the audience, for improv where it's needed and things that the kids love to get involved with. Max was incredibly fond of shouting "BOOOO! GET OFF THE STAGE BADDIE".

Talking of bad guys, the evil Sheriff of Nottingham was played by the wonderful Patrick O'Kane. A theatrically trained actor who put his all into this role. You could tell there were elements of a Shakespearean villain channeling through his performance that made it something really special. My favourite part was his character falling in love with Friar Tucks female alter ego. There was definitely a spark between those two. 

The female cast members really shone amongst the famous faces in their own right. An amazing vocal range from Alicia Woodhouse as Maid Marion and superb dancing from Stephanie Walker as Fairy Mary. Alongside that the guys playing Bill and Ben (Neil Smye and Dan Looney) made Max fall about laughing (especially when a pair of pink pants were involved!) and it really reminded us that local talent is rife and strong.

Finally we can't forget Robin Hood himself! Did you know he looks like Ed Petrie from CBBC? Max was cheering him on the whole way through and he kept the audience wanting him to beat the evil Sheriff. 

I've always said that the formula for the perfect panto is a good helping of boos, cheers and the cast laughing at themselves. This was spot on. It was so good to see the great relationships that had formed on stage and they weren't afraid to adlib and have fun. I mean that's what a panto is all about!

Thank you so much Lighthouse for putting us in the holiday spirit, we definitely feel festive now. 

Robin Hood is running at the Lighthouse until the 4th January, don't miss out!