Richard Wright

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Marvellous Medicine

February 5, 2008 by Richard Wright in Journal, Life, Writing

Praise heaven – my daughter has finally reached the stage, aged four, where she’s happy to move onto proper bedtime stories, read over several nights. No more do I have to endure countless Mr Men aberrations on a nightly basis, and that alone is reason for glee. They’re a curious phenomenon, the Mr Men books, even of they’re intensely annoying. Nobody is more annoying than Mr Happy, who guest stars in numerous books as well as his own, putting right what once went wrong, often by being unrelentingly cheerful at people until they crumble. A bit of a conformist, he clearly will not rest until everybody is as frighteningly upbeat as he himself, like a big yellow cult leader. Even being called Mr Grumpy doesn’t help. You’d think Mr Grumpy’s excuse would be die-cast. Not so. Mr Happy stalks him, moves in with him, and harasses him until he cheers up. Me, I’d have gone for a restraining order of some sort.

Anyway, farewell scary Mr Happy, hello Roald Dahl. She has so far agreed on the enormousness of the crocodile, marvelled at George’s medicine, and questioned the intellectual capability of the Twits. Tonight, we began The Witches. There were some nerves on display, particularly with the opening revelations that witches are both real, and dressed just like normal people, but she didn’t want to stop where we did, and is looking forward to tomorrow.

I say again, praise heaven, praise be!

In other news, Beneath The Surface remains on pre-order. Go and see. Imagine the papery touch of stories in your hand, and the inky whisper of authors breathing into your mind. There are fourteen discoveries to be made beneath the surface, one of them of ‘Secrets (Never Told)’, and it won’t keep you waiting too long before sliding through your mailbox and offering them up to you…

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  1. Dan LaurikietisFebruary 5, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    It’s just occured to me what a charming allegory Mr Happy could provide for the Church of Scientology.


    I’m going to regret putting this post under my original name aren’t I?

    They’ll be watching me for months now.

  2. Richard WrightFebruary 5, 2008 at 9:57 pmAuthor

    Watching you, and cheering you up whether you like it or not

  3. MarkFebruary 6, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Matthew is 2.5 and is too big a fan of Thomas The Tank Engine to entertain the Mr Men at the moment. My big problem was with Bob The Builder and I was glad when I was able to stop reading those books.

    I have to say, I’m really looking forward to experiencing “Danny The Champion Of The World” again, after a break of 20+ years.

  4. Richard WrightFebruary 6, 2008 at 6:14 pmAuthor

    That’s a fabulous book – I’m also hoping her new fascination last until we get to James and the Giant Peach.

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