Monday, 19 November 2012

For the kids

Win this competition and you'll get £2,000 plus publication of your children's novel. Alternatively, this one could earn you £1,500 plus an editorial consultation and a meeting with Literary agent Caroline Sheldon.

My granny made me this bear. He's called Brilly as I thought (and still think) he was a brilliant present. My dear brother used to call him Brillo pad. I'm still plotting my revenge.

I still have a book I was given (by my Uncle Grahame) the same year as I got Brilly - Aesop's Fables.

Do you remember any books or bears from your childhood? Do you still have them?

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  1. Rowena, a very posh china doll I was given when I was 6. Her head came off when I tried to bath her. I've never forgotten how distraught I was!

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    1. Aaaw, Frances - you must have been traumatised.

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  2. Loving your Brilly. Course I still have my Teddy (and that's his name). Even my grandchildren are not allowed to play with him! I also had a Rosebud doll - does anyone else remember them?

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    1. Teddy is a great name! Don't remember the dolls, but I was a tomboy and didn't have any.

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  3. A yellow bear called Rupert was my childhood friend. The first thing I ever wrote was a poem for him!

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  4. For a moment I wondered if you'd plundered my photos! This teddy looked sooo much like the cake my daughters made when I thought I had a contract for mt YA novel! Sadly it was not to be - a scam agent - but hope never dies.

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    1. Sorry about the scam, Lizy but a Brilly cake sounds wonderful.

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  5. I had a black cat that miawed when you pressed his middle. I called him lucky of course. I had him for years and years. Books....Enid Blytons, lots of those as well. Brilly is fabby.

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    1. I liked Enid Blyton too. The books I read were originally my Mum and Uncle's - hope my cousins took them for their kids.

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  6. Enid Blyton books and a china doll dressed in a beautiful embroidered Chinese dress

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  7. Awww, sweet bear, Patsy.

    I would still have my bear if my sister hadn't taken him when I left home ... now he sits on a chair upstairs in her house! :(

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    1. I hope she's taking VERY good care of him, Marion.

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  8. I can't remember any bears from my childhood but I sure like yours.

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  9. I had a book about a bear - Teddy Edward at the Seaside.

    xx

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  10. I still have many books and stuffed animals from my childhood. One I loved was Buttermilk, which is a Serendipity book. I ended up collecting tons of Serendipty books, and my kids love them!

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  11. Oh yes - I rember being sooo impressed by reading 'little women' when I was about 11! America seemd like another planet then. I still have a copy of that book. Don't have any teddy's though... And yours looks so sweet...

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    1. I enjoyed Little Women too - had almost forgotten about that.

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  12. Hi Patsy .. love your brother's nickname for Brill! Bet he's not rough and scratchy as a brillo pad .. just plain cuddly as he's lasted so long .. I have a few things from times gone by - family things .. my dolly Doll - went the way of all things at some stage ... now I have Hardwick though - and he's very special!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. It is NOT a good name, Hilary *stamps foot*

      I think it's funny now, but it used to get me soooo mad.

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  13. I had a panda - called Panda. I still have my 1958 Lone Ranger Annual on the shelf in front of me now.

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  14. Lovely bear! I still have a large pollyanna doll somewhere which has been passed down to various nieces over the years.

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    1. How nice of you to share, Rosemary. I'm keeping Brilly to myself.

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  15. I had a brown velvet stuffed rabbit. I called him Bubm - cos that's what rabbits say, of course.
    My favourite books as a kid were my Eagle Annuals. In one of them there was an article entitled, When History Calls in the Detectives. I still remember it as what first sparked off my interest in history.

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    1. What we read as kids can have a big influence, can't it? (never knew rabbits said that - maybe it's just the velvet ones?)

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  16. Brilly is a wonderful name and he is almost the same colour as a Brillo Pad! I had a golden teddy called Marmaduke, but sadly he got thrown out somewhere along the way so I couldn't have been that attached to him.

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    1. HE DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A BRILLO PAD!!!!, Maggie.

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    2. Er sorry - may have over reacted just a little, there ;-) I suppose he is very slightly just a tiny bit a vaguely similar colour. Almost.

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    3. Well, he'll make a good pan scrub when he wears out...exits stage left, very fast!!!

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    4. MAGGIE!!!!! %#*& You're in SOOOOO much trouble now!

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  17. Brilly IS brilliant!

    I had a stuffed panda, which I (of course) named Andy Pandy.

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  18. I remember my brother had a bear he called "Big Bear." We found Big Bear recently, and he's actually quite small.

    Thanks for visiting my blog! (I write novels for adults, though, so probably not eligible for your contest.)

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    1. I post details of all sorts of competitions, TNJ - hopefully they'll be something to suit you soon.

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  19. Thank you for the links Patsy.

    I have a Chad Valley bear, mum brought when I was born. Oddly, I never got around to naming the bear, and don't give much thought to it being a girl or a boy either.

    I used to get a Rupert Bear annual every year for Christmas too!

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    1. A bear with no name? It's not too late to him him/her/it one.

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  20. I still have a panda I was given when I was a baby, but he's up in the loft somewhere :)

    Xx

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  21. Haha! Your brother's name for your bear cracked me up. I wonder what your revenge will be... Maybe a namesake character who's silly and dumb?

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    1. It's NOT funny, Lexa.

      Actually I've already done that a couple of times and in one story I stranded him on the Outer Hebrides. Think I'll make him bald in the next one (he's got more hair than me)

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  22. Mrs Pepperpot stories were a favourite, of mine, and have managed to acquire a couple of books since growing up. As for the bear...

    Now, I do have a bear, I inherited, who's far from bare and just happens to be the inspiration behind a character in my sitcom. His name is Sandy, and he wears a kilt ;o)

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    1. A bear in a kilt? That's something I've not seen!

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