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Do not try this at home ( or on HUKD lol)
A very natural and honest version of life's events from the perspective of a young girl - from her suspicions about her neighbours, to her rocky friendship with the girl next door; from the sudden death of her beloved granny to her relentless quest for a pet hamster, only to then find it mysteriously slaughtered - which kickstarts a local investigation of 'suspects'. This is the first in a proposed series of short novels featuring the same characters and setting - with the themes of pets and detective work holding them together.
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[mod]#1
Cold on the sheer principle
(Just off to find the classic kids books “The Many Deaths of Fireman Sam”)
banned#2
andywedge
Cold on the sheer principle
(Just off to find the classic kids books “The Many Deaths of Fireman Sam”)


Reported for vote abuse, find this cheaper elsewhere? :?
#3
andywedge
Cold on the sheer principle
(Just off to find the classic kids books “The Many Deaths of Fireman Sam”)


+1

Thread reported. And strangely heated.:oops:
#4
voted hot
#5
Ut oh Andy...we've got hot...
Going to be Toasted Hamsters next!
#6
Not voted either way but would like to see this taken down.

I question the direction of HUKD when one of my deals was taken down by a moderator because it was US based, yet this is somehow deemed suitable by the same mod.
#7
Andysan
Not voted either way but would like to see this taken down.

I question the direction of HUKD when one of my deals was taken down by a moderator because it was US based, yet this is somehow deemed suitable by the same mod.


Why should it be taken down? Book depository are a UK company. This is an award winning childrens book. What's the problem?
#8
Andysan
Not voted either way but would like to see this taken down.

I question the direction of HUKD when one of my deals was taken down by a moderator because it was US based, yet this is somehow deemed suitable by the same mod.


i too would be interested in your reasoning for wanting it down.

not voted as i do not know the book but..........................
#9
Maybe he just feels for Andy?
#10
wowee its a book, who cares what its name is....because it has had such a reaction im giving it heat LOL.

next you will be wanting games removing and movies.......
#11
Hot.
Bought.
Scott.
#12
Granted I havent read this book, but judging by the front cover and the blurb I'm not really sure it warrants an explanation:

"The Great Hamster Massacre, a humorous murder mystery involving two girl sleuths and an array of dead hamsters, is an illustrated book aimed at seven to 10-year-olds..."

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"My six year old son choose this book because he thought it looked really funny.He told me to stop reading after the death of the second hamster as it was too gruesome and he didn't want to hear any more. Probably not for the even remotely sensitive child, although possibly quite funny from an adult's point of view."

Source

I may be only 22 but I was reading Famous 5 and Horrible Histories at this age, not twisted fables about murdering pets. Perhaps I'm old fashioned but I find it deeply disturbing if schools & established booksellers are pushing this stuff for kids these days. Arguments about games & movies do not stand up IMHO as these are not aimed at six year olds.
banned#13
Showing up at £5.36 now.
#14
Andysan
Granted I havent read this book, but judging by the front cover and the blurb I'm not really sure it warrants an explanation:

"The Great Hamster Massacre, a humorous murder mystery involving two girl sleuths and an array of dead hamsters, is an illustrated book aimed at seven to 10-year-olds..."

Source

"My six year old son choose this book because he thought it looked really funny.He told me to stop reading after the death of the second hamster as it was too gruesome and he didn't want to hear any more. Probably not for the even remotely sensitive child, although possibly quite funny from an adult's point of view."

Source

I may be only 22 but I was reading Famous 5 and Horrible Histories at this age, not twisted fables about murdering pets. Perhaps I'm old fashioned but I find it deeply disturbing if schools & established booksellers are pushing this stuff for kids these days. Arguments about games & movies do not stand up IMHO as these are not aimed at six year olds.


ok that is your opinion and i respect your right to veto this kind of thing from your kids if/when you have them. (my parents did a similar thing with me with Grange Hill - tho bizarrely let me watch horror films but i digress)

BUT

presumably this book has been deemed suitable by governing bodies for the age it is aimed at, so it is not for anyone on here to try to veto it from anyone else who DOES deem it ok. Its kind of trying to force your view on everyone else if you try and get it removed.

(imo - no offence meant)
#15
bigmike20vt
ok that is your opinion and i respect your right to veto this kind of thing from your kids if/when you have them. (my parents did a similar thing with me with Grange Hill - tho bizarrely let me watch horror films but i digress)

BUT

presumably this book has been deemed suitable by governing bodies for the age it is aimed at, so it is not for anyone on here to try to veto it from anyone else who DOES deem it ok. Its kind of trying to force your view on everyone else if you try and get it removed.

(imo - no offence meant)


Yeah, thats cool I guess. Obviously I'm in the minority so I digress. And yeah, I do feel for my brother Andy too.
#16
So many drama queens on here, oh noes reading a childrens book about hamsters being killed is the end of the world!
It's bound to screw with their heads and corrupt and destroy their lives!
#17
wesker115
So many drama queens on here, oh noes reading a childrens book about hamsters being killed is the end of the world!
It's bound to screw with their heads and corrupt and destroy their lives!


I'm just one man...trying to make a difference.
#18
Andysan;7813206
I may be only 22 but I was reading Famous 5 and Horrible Histories at this age, not twisted fables about murdering pets. Perhaps I'm old fashioned but I find it deeply disturbing if schools & established booksellers are pushing this stuff for kids these days. Arguments about games & movies do not stand up IMHO as these are not aimed at six year olds.

Agreed.

If we let this sort of book be read to our young children..
Next we will be having stories about...

young girls are taken into the Forrest to be murdered

children are kidnapped and fattened up to be eaten

grannies or Pigs being swallowed alive by Wolves.....

These MODERN writers are going to corrupt our children's minds........ :whistling:
#19
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts_and_culture/8509283.stm

And is written by Mrs. Alan Davies. Just to kill off the "it'll destroy our kids" thread.
#20
Plum
Agreed.

If we let this sort of book be read to our young children..
Next we will be having stories about...

young girls are taken into the Forrest to be murdered

children are kidnapped and fattened up to be eaten

grannies or Pigs being swallowed alive by Wolves.....

These MODERN writers are going to corrupt our children's minds........ :whistling:


Ha-ha, point taken - I concede already!
#21
Andysan
Ha-ha, point taken - I concede already!


Don't give up yet! he hasn't even started on child-abusing Aunts squashed by massive fruits, several children injured in a dangerous factory run by a madman, evil monkey-torturers in gruesome glued upside -down to carpet murder (hope I didn't ruin the ending of that one for anybody)...

But seriously I stopped at "I haven't actually read it but..." if I ever find myself criticising any book, film or music before I've read seen or heard it I'll shoot myself!

As for Enid Blyton - are you serious!? You'd let your children read racist nonsense like that?
#22
inicholson
Don't give up yet! he hasn't even started on child-abusing Aunts squashed by massive fruits, several children injured in a dangerous factory run by a madman, evil monkey-torturers in gruesome glued upside -down to carpet murder (hope I didn't ruin the ending of that one for anybody)...

But seriously I stopped at "I haven't actually read it but..." if I ever find myself criticising any book, film or music before I've read seen or heard it I'll shoot myself!

As for Enid Blyton - are you serious!? You'd let your children read racist nonsense like that?


dont knock Enid Blyton, sure some of the phrases are cringe worthy (one of them i remember in the famous 5 came out of a coal shed as black as a n... well you get my drift, BUT the books are just a product of the generation and am sure nothing offensive was meant. My money is on them being PC'ed up nowadays anyway with the offensive stuff altered somewhat.

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