Eldest is now on his fourth instalment of Badger, he was grateful to be sent his latest fix. He does start wondering how his dear friend Badger is getting on if too long goes between books being published. He really does love reading his adventures.
Badger does help bring a smile to your face with his unusual approach to magic making. In this book he is trying hard to develop a contraption to get rid of bad dreams! It is a useful way to bring up the topic of nightmares and try and see what upsets your child if they have them (like poor Lennie in the story). Night terrors can be quite common at a young age, so you could possibly develop your own dream catcher to soothe them.
We see elements of peer pressure: “I never wanted to be the leader. Pogo Paws and Pickle get up to mischief all the time, and they insist on me joining in”. You can mention to your children how you would cope in that situation; ask them for suggestions about what they would do. I think for a children’s book Badger does cover lots of important topics.
This book sees the introduction of Doodles, a dog of the aristocracy, hell bent on developing luxury doghouses (complete with ALL the mod cons). This does not sound too bad in itself, as after all what pouch would not want a little comfort. But he intends to make all the residents from the lane move on apart from the two members of the gang he recruits to be his muscle!
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