The Boy In the Dress – by David Walliams – book review by George

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The Boy In the Dress – by David Walliams

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David Walliams is one of George’s favourite fiction writers and he’s read all of his books.

David Walliams really knows what makes children laugh and his jokes about local communities and sibling rivalries are really easy to relate to.

The main character of the book is Dennis. He’s different to the other children but he doesn’t yet know it.  With the help of his friend Lisa, he discovers how much fun he can have wearing a dress to school. Soon he is discovered and ends up in trouble and this is where the fun begins.

As with David Walliams other books there is a central theme of not-fitting-in to the norm. I think George finds his idea really appealing. Similar to Roald Dahl, it’s the outsider who becomes the hero. They overcome the obstacles that people throw at them and embrace their individuality.

The most appealing thing about the book is definitely the humour. George read the book cover to cover and continues to read it again and again. Whilst he loves discovering new books, this is one that he’s always happy to dip into for a smile.

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(publised by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks)


Clip n Climb Exeter climbing centre

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James tackles a climbing wall

Youtube – Clip of James and George racing up a wall together.

James favourite activity is climbing and so when we saw the centre advertised we absolutely had to go. We hadn’t been to Exeter’s Quay area before and it was a really pleasant surprise. Before starting our session we took a walk along the bank and in some of the boutique style shops in the area.

Inside the centre everything is very clearly sign posted and once we’d signed in there was a lovely cafe with a view over the clip n climb arena. The boys and I watched with trepidation as we waiting for our pre-booked start time to arrive.

After our induction we were off. Parents were encouraged to put on high-viz vests and assist with clipping and unclipping their children to the walls as they went up and down. On climbing walls that we’ve been to before we normally get a small handful of walls to choose from and they are all pretty much the same but with varying degrees of difficulty. Exeter was completely different. Each wall was unique with varying patterns, lights, grips, materials and much more. In addition there were tall vertical ‘chimneys’ to climb and all-sorts.

At the end of the session both boys were thoroughly entertained and we exhausted. Whilst it’s not cheap at £12 pounds each for a one hour session, it was definitely value for money with both boys completely satisfied.

Minimum Age is 4.  Minimum Height  for the Leap of Faith attraction is 110cm. The Clip ‘n Climb arena can accommodate 30 people, and I’d recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Contact the Clip ‘n Climb team by email or by phone on 01392 422559 for more information.


Moshi Monster Village – Tablet App

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My Moshlings

Visit Amazon for a copy of the  Moshi Village App

Both boys have been addicted to the world of Moshi Monsters for longer than I can remember. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept, you create a free online account and your child registers a monster which he or she has to care for. As well as completing puzzles and challenges your Monster can also collect hundreds of ultra cute ‘moshlings’ by planting seeds.

The launch of an android game for tablet users has been long overdue as the original game can’t be accessed by tablet computers which rely on android. This is not a full copy of the original game but instead and entirely new concept. The gamer creates there own village using

As with many Mind Candy apps, the game is free to download and offers users the option to boost their abilities through in-app purchasing. Even though I have blocked this option on my tablet, the boys seemed to be more than happy with the free content and were able to progress unhindered.

If your child already has My Singing Monsters then there are a lot of similarities. The gamer has to wait for a certain amount of time and collect a certain amount of objects before then can progress and unlock new features.

Another feature that this game shares with my singing monsters is the ability to link up with friends to exchange gifts. James and Gorge have cousins who play and they regularly exchange presents between each other which adds to the excitement.

I think it’s fair to say that anything with ‘Moshi Monsters’ written on the side would be a hit in our house, but so far the boys have spent many happy hours  playing the game without complaint.