No Trouble At All by Sally GrindleyThis charming bedtime story is sure to inspire giggles from children and parents alike with its fun portrayal of a rather naïve Grandfather bear who thinks that the cubs he is babysitting are perfectly behaved. But the pictures tell another story! The little mischief-makers get into a pillow fight, snatch jam from the kitchen and sneak outside, all while Grandfather believes they are fast asleep. This Grandfather is universal in his love and tolerance, and children will recognize themselves in the playful cubs.
Libraries are dying – but it’s not about the books
P ublic libraries have had another bad year. They are like churches and local railways. People like having them around, and are angry if they close. But as for using them, well, there is so little time these days. The latest Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy figures on library closures are dire. In the past five years have gone. Librarian numbers are down by a quarter, with 8, jobs lost.
The stakes are high for everyone involved. Signs of trouble are already there. In the eyes of many, the chaos of the last three years will forever be linked to the hubris of the Etonian former Tory leader. Another indicator is pre-orders: the book ranked as low as in the Amazon charts as recently as Thursday. Reportedly based on 53 hours of recordings from monthly meetings Cameron held with the Times columnist and Conservative peer Daniel Finkelstein, it was originally slated for the publication last year but publishers are said to have demanded a ,word cut. At the end of the day, if the Guardian, the Times and others have reviews that reinforce expectations among some that this really does explain things then we will sell a lot.