Friday 13 April 2012

Visiting the Big Book Bubble

The Big Book Bubble recently brought their Book Top to town and I decided to take the kids along.

I loved how the entrance was a wardrobe full of furry coats reminiscent of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. There was an elderly lady in front of me who asked the organiser why there were coats hanging the door, when she was told it was from a children's book, she huffed "well that was 70 years ago, how would I know" - and marched back out. I couldn't stop laughing and the organiser was smiling too.

Inside the top was magic - we found ourselves amongst snowy fir trees and a gas streetlamp - Narnia!

How many more books can you spot?

A scene from "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen, Gorgeous' favourite book.

Eric Carle's wonderful The Hungry Caterpillar.

There were costumes for the kids to dress up in.

Little Lady went for the Tudor lady costume - same as the one she had at home.

There was even a sandpit to play in.

The kids had a great time, but the best bit was when we left and hidden on the way out found an exhibition by a South Tyneside knitting group called Customs House. Their work was nothing short of amazing and had taken a whle year to create.

This is an embroidered scene from the hobbit.

This house made from knitted sweets was amazing.

This is from a Quentin Blake illustration I think for ne of Roald Dahl's boks, but I can't remember which.


Little Red Riding Hood of course.

Alice in Wonderland.

You can find more pictures of this amazing exhibition here.