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Day 9 - The first book you ever read
I don't know what this was. Being the youngest of four, no one really taught me to read, I just sort of picked it up. With my brothers being 10 and up when I would have been rooting around in their books, it was probably something utterly inappropriate. There were a lot of Brambley Hedge books and other anthropomorphised woodland animals in my early childhood and Tiptoes the Mischievious Kitten featured heavily, but the first book I remember loving and reading to myself repeatedly was "A Surprise for Dumpy" by Molly Brett


Dumpy (a dormouse) rescues a tiny creature in a Marmalade Fur Coat who he finds in the middle of the road (he's going to be 'flat as a pancake' if Dumpy doesn't do something). He takes the creature into the wood but none of his wood-based friends have ever seen a creature in a Marmalade Fur Coat before. So Dumpy, for reasons that are never fully explained, decides to keep the creature and makes her carry out household chores (there's a blue checked apron). However, Dumpy falls into a deep sleep (when the frost froze and the snow snowed) and the creature in the Marmalade Fur Coat stays in a caravan with some gypsies (a plot device if ever I saw one) and returns in the spring and does all the chores Dumpy had told her to do while he was hibernating. Dumpy wakes up and has a springtime party and during the party something comes PAD, PAD, PAD down the hallway and it turns out to be...... A GREAT BIG CREATURE IN A GREAT BIG MARMALADE FUR COAT, wearing Dumpy's blue checked apron around it's neck like a bib! Dumpy (and I) both learned that a very little kitty can grow into GREAT BIG CAT.

Thiking about it, this probably explains the several huge, ginger stray cats that litter my adult life.



Day 10 - Book from your favourite author
Day 11 - Book you once loved and now hate
Day 12 - Book that a friend recommended
Day 13 - Book that makes you laugh
Day 14 - Book from your childhood
Day 15 - 4th book from the left on your shelf
Day 16 - 9th book from the right on your shelf
Day 17 - Close your eyes and get any book from your shelf
Day 18 - Book with the most beautiful cover
Day 19 - Book that you never wanted to read
Day 20 - Book that you read at school
Day 21 - Most stupid book you read at school
Day 22 - Book on your shelf with the most pages
Day 23 - Book on your shelf with the least pages
Day 24 - Book that nobody would expect you read/loved it
Day 25 - A book where the main character is almost like you
Day 26 - Book you would read to your children
Day 27 - A book where the main character is your idol
Day 28 - Thank God this book was made into a movie
Day 29 - Darn, why did they make this book into a movie?
Day 30 - First erotic book you ever read
Day 31 - Book series you are collecting
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