Nothing’s caught my eye this week in that satcap sort of way, so I’ve been trawling the archives again. Once again, my scarecrow pics have come up trumps. So can you caption my British Lion shot?
I remember Babar the Elephant from my childhood. Maybe you read them too? Maybe your parents did? Maybe your grandparents even? Yes, it’s difficult to believe, but it’s true: Babar’s books were first published in the UK 80 years go.
That’s quite a history and Babar is quite a character. We were sent some Babar books to read together and H really enjoyed them. We started off to with The Story of Babar, which is the first of the Babar books and tells the tale about how the orphaned little Babar escapes the jungle for the city. Later he returns to become King of the Elephants. The book includes an introduction from the author of Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne, and he says:
If you have never loved elephants, you will love them now.
I do believe he’s right. H immediately warmed to the 80-year-old story, loving the tale, the illustrations and the characters. He was keen to follow our story up with the other books which follow Babar’s adventures as he builds a city and raises a family.
For us a particular favourite was Babar’s Gallery which includes many wonderful representations of famous art works featuring elephants in the leading roles rather than humans.
The series makes a lovely gift and my eye was taken by The Babar Collection which is a gift set of 5 large format copies of the classic stories within a hardback book in a slipcase.
Despicable Me was a great film and very popular too, so it was no surprise that the makers came back with a second movie for the franchise. The mischievous goggle-wearing Minions and are up to more antics. We were sent a copy for review and were very excited to receive it.
Gru, former super-villain (voiced by Steve Carell), returns with his adopted daughters and the minions to go into the jelly and jam making business. Everything is going fine when Lucy Wild, ultra-secret Anti-Villain League agent, knocks on his door. Lucy’s been sent on a mission to track down the world’s next evil threat. It’s the classic poacher-turned-gamekeeper scenario, but it sets the scene for lots of laughs.
I think that fans of the first movie will enjoy this one too as it’s very funny indeed. In fact, in some ways it’s better and funnier than the first one. There’s enough of a story to keep the grown ups interested too, which means that this movie is a good choice for a family film night.
To celebrate the release of Despicable Me 2, on DVD and Blu-ray on 25th November, Scrivens Opticians have called on the stars of the film, the mischievous Minions (after all they are famous for their goggle specs) to help encourage parents to take their children for regular eye tests.
From the 20th November 2013, parents will be able to ensure their little ones’ eyesight is in good hands with the ‘Minion Approved’ eye test, available at all 146 Scrivens Opticians branches in the UK. As part of the limited edition sight test, children will receive an exclusive certificate to prove their eye test was approved by the fun-loving Minions. For those kids needing specs, Scrivens’ full children’s range of glasses will also be receiving special treatment, thanks to the Minions offering their official stamp of approval to the entire collection.