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Big Purple and Meg & Mog [20150325|10:23]
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I finally got a few pictures of Keiki in Big Purple, getting ready for a walk. He was practising his "Haaa haaoo" noises during the photo shoot, which led to pulling some interesting faces.

"I can eat this, y/y?"

"Just what the sh*t is going on here?"

Humuhumu is presently obsessed with the set of five Meg & Mog books that sister-out-law gave her for Christmas. I think they're from the seventies; both the bloke and sister-out-law remember them vividly from childhood. Meg is a witch, of the spellcasting-pointy-black-hat-and-cauldron archetype. Mog is her black and white striped cat. The illustrations are colourful and the story lines are quite sparse and more than a bit absurd. I have them memorised now as we frequently have to read all five at bedtime.

Photo: Keiki on Humuhumu on Daddy, reading Meg's Eggs, in which Meg magics up three big eggs for supper, but the shells can't be broken. In the night, the eggs hatch into dinosaurs, two of which are plant-eaters (Diplodocus and Stegosaurus). The third is a T. rex who wants to eat them all. Meg makes another spell and the dinosaurs are miniaturised to a non-threatening size. The End.

This one is second only to Meg's Veg in Humuhumu's view. Meg's Veg is her favourite because there is a page on which Meg fetches the muck for her garden. Which, of course, means we all get to shout, "POO!"

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From: cmcmck
2015-03-25 13:51 (UTC)
Such gorgeous pics! :o)

You're right in thinking the Meg and Mog books are from the seventies.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-03-26 11:37 (UTC)
Aw, thank you!

Apparently there's an animated series as well. I think we'll save those for YouTubing on a day when Humuhumu is home ill.
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[User Picture]From: thekumquat
2015-03-25 14:11 (UTC)
I love Meg and Mog, which is just as well. Quatling's favourites are the original and Meg on the Moon (where Mog inexplicably ages a year during his birthday treat...)
Mog in the Fog is good as it has a Yeti.

The dinosaurs get cameo appearances in some of the later ones, too!

Mr Men and Spot the Dog are also hits.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-03-26 11:40 (UTC)
THERE ARE MORE?! I don't know why it didn't occur to me to look this up before, but your comment poked me into checking for the book series list and there are a further TWELVE for her to discover. Must resist urge to either buy or get them all from the library at once. :P

I'm terribly excited about this.
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[User Picture]From: pax_athena
2015-03-25 15:57 (UTC)
The photos are love <3
Although Keiki looks rather unimpressed with the book ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-03-26 11:41 (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, he likes being in the centre of the action - his least favourite thing is being in one room when he can hear everyone else in a different one - but books aren't grabbing his interest yet.
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2015-03-25 21:56 (UTC)
Roric likes the Meg & Mog books too, they're cute in a weird way but full of non-sequiturs and they usually end in the middle of nowhere, or so it seems to me. Wikipedia tells me there's a cartoon series as well, I will have to look for them on catch-up or Youtube... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg_and_Mog
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-03-26 11:43 (UTC)
I was really puzzled about the appeal of the books at first because of the non-sequiturs and lack of resolution. I think they give the child the chance to sort of fill in the blanks with their imagination, maybe? At least, that's the impression I'm getting from the way Humuhumu approaches them and the remarks she makes when we turn the pages.
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2015-03-26 09:46 (UTC)
We had Meg and Mog over there too. :D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-03-26 11:47 (UTC)
I'd never seen them before! But apparently they were hugely popular in the UK.
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[User Picture]From: againstathorn
2015-03-26 11:20 (UTC)
I haven't heard of those children's books but I'll definitely look them up. We're thankfully passed the era of Susan Boyton boardbooks with Colin, and he's currently enamored with Curious George.

That's such a sweet picture of Keiki and Humuhumu with your hubby!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-03-26 11:48 (UTC)
I know I brought at least one Curious George book over with me. I'll have to dig it out!

I don't know that Meg and Mog caught on in the US the way they did in the UK. Just about everyone I know here seems to have read them as a child.
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[User Picture]From: thekumquat
2015-03-27 00:39 (UTC)
Meg and Mog have been shipped to many of my American cousins' offspring. It's strange what does and doesn't catch on there - Enid Blyton you can see why, but Mr Men and Paddington and Wombles have been good presents.
Dr Seuss was unknown here when I was young, though Richard Scarry was available briefly.

Jan Pienkowski illustrated many books including an amazing pop-up one called Haunted House (only one we'd ever seen!) It cost £20 back then so about £100 equivalent at least, and sometimes the bookshop owner let me play with it.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2015-03-27 02:00 (UTC)
I love the last photo of the bloke and the two kids! :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-03-30 12:56 (UTC)
:) Me too! I need to get him to take some of me with them...
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