In an affectionate, amusing and mischievous book, Judith Holder's tribute to motherhood covers everything from mothers through the ages (it's not only the Virgin Mary who we wish had had an immaculate conception) to maternal anxiety and those little things she says and why she says them: 'You're not going out like that', 'What are you doing inside on a lovely day like today?', and the classic 'because I said so.'
Using interviews and testimonies from mothers and daughters of all ages, this is a humorous look at motherhood and everything that goes with it, with beautifully illustrated and funny line drawings integrated into the text.
If there's one Mammy in the world who knows what's what, it's Mrs. Brown. Here, Agnes, star of the incredibly popular TV show Mrs. Brown's Boys, and the much anticipated Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie, follows up her bestselling Mrs. Brown's Family Handbook with an A to Y (who really needs 'Z's anyway?) of modern life.
In it, Agnes explores everything from pandas to piles, from biscuits to The Big Bang and from handwriting to hairdryers. Peppered with her inimitable humour and full of hilarious photos, the A to Y of Everything is to your Christmas stocking what sausages are to a toad-in-the-hole.
Sisters have made tormenting each other a virtual art form, despite their familial love. Their emotional and mental tricks can make the physical torture brothers inflict on one another seem like child's play.
Finally girls and women have somewhere to turn when they run out of ideas for making their sisters miserable: How to Ruin Your Sister's Life. Author Mary McHugh's hilarious, sometimes outrageous suggestions provide all the guidance these girls need, whether they're 16 or 60. A few examples:
* Marry her boyfriend.
* Throw away the heads of all her Barbie dolls.
* Sob loudly throughout her wedding.
* Tell your 13-year-old sister's boyfriend that she still sucks her thumb.
* Cut up her Christmas stocking and flush it down the toilet.
* Take a picture of your 55-year-old sister nude, brushing her teeth.
Of course, the best defense is to buy this book before your sister does!
Marianne has been staying in a watching old episodes of Sex And The City for two weeks now.
The women in the show remind Marianne of her and her friends.
Except that the women in Sex And The City never stay in for two weeks watching old episodes of Sex And The City.
There is a pop disco at the community centre tonight, but the word 'community' brings Davey out in a cold sweat.
Some people suffer from F.O.M.O., the fear of missing out.
Davey is delighted that he has F.O.J.I., the fear of joining in.
This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them.
The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope. Featuring original Ladybird artwork alongside brilliantly funny, brand new text.