Book 5 and 6 for the Postal Reading Challenge
"13 Little Blue Envelopes" and "The Last Little Blue Envelope".
I really enjoyed these two books, they reminded me a bit of "Dash and Lily's Book of Dares" and "From the mixed up files of Mrs Basil e Frankweiler".
One thing though that bugged me all the way through both books is - What about her parents?? She calls her uncle all the time to let him know she's ok during her travels but there is no mention of her calling her parents and only one or two mentions of them at all. Very strange!
I enjoy these books about teenagers going on adventures, a bit like slightly more grown up versions of Trixie Beldens and Enid Blyton books I guess!
"Tom the Outback Mailman"
This is a kid's picture book, but it's based on a real story about Tom Kruse, (not Tom Cruise!) a mail carrier on the Birdsville Track in outback Australia. Tom battled floods, heat and sand to deliver the mail to lots of towns along the track. There's also a documentary about Tom titled The Back of Beyond.
A non fiction book about making postcards from material. I think my sewing skills need a bit of work before I attempt to make postcards but there are some beautiful ideas in here. I have been lucky enough to have received 2 stitched postcards in the mail from swaps at Swapbot.
"The Boy next Door"
I've read all 3 of this series now and I think this one is the funniest! The email format was a bit annoying in the beginning but I got used to it. I don't think anyone's boss would really email them to tell them to get out of the toilets! The celebrity references were amusing as they were all a bit dated. I actually laughed out loud a few times reading this one.
"Daddy Long Legs"
This book about an orphan who is sponsored by a trustee annoyed me a bit. In real life if you found out the thing Judy finds out at the end (no spoilers!) you'd be pissed! She accepted it happily but I think most people wouldn't be so accepting. Maybe the time setting makes the difference, and I guess it's not like she could do anything about it. These days he might be sued for false pretenses!
So now I have acheived-
Snail Mail Level: Read and review 8 books with a postal theme.
and I'm well on my way to-
Parcel Post Level: Read and review 12 books with a postal theme.