Thank goodness for the bursts of narrow-mindedness our darling flagship Blue Peter is capable of on occasion. Now the whole country’s six-year-olds have been spared injury when they faint over the word sh*t in Andy Mulligan’s Trash. Which is anything but. Trash, that is.
And I’ll have you know I’m only inserting the * in sh*t in case any of my valued readers were to fall over as well. I like to keep my customers. Particularly this close to Christmas.
I sincerely hope this banishing from the Blue Peter shortlist will be the making of Andy. At least we are talking about him and his wonderful novel Trash. He’s news. Although he did deserve to be on that shortlist. He really did.
So, of course, do the others on it. I’m not complaining of what’s on. I’m moaning ever so slightly because the lovely BBC have yet again behaved stupidly. But then, everybody needs a hobby.
The Blue Peter Book Awards 2011 shortlist is:
Best Book with Facts:
Do Igloos Have Loos? by Mitchell Symons
How the World Works by Christiane Dorion, illustrated by Beverley Young, pop-ups designed by Andy Mansfield
What You Need To Know Now: The World in Facts, Stats, and Graphics by Joe Fullman, Ian Graham, Sally Regan and Isabel Thomas, illustrated by Sheila Collins, Mik Gates, Jim Green, Katie Knutton, Phillip Letsu and Hoa Luc
Most Fun Story with Pictures:
Alienography by Chris Riddell
Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree by Andy Stanton, illustrated by David Tazzyman
Lunatics and Luck (The Raven Mysteries) by Marcus Sedgwick, illustrated by Pete Williamson
Dead Man’s Cove (A Laura Marlin Mystery) by Lauren St John
A Web of Air (Mortal Engines) by Philip Reeve
Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
As you see, there is at least another of Fickling’s Filipino novels on the shortlist, the also terrific Tall Story. (Tall Story on a short list?)