We’re Going on a Bar Hunt

Mark Popular, Reviews, Uncategorised 13 Comments

we're going on a bar huntIf you’re here for the competition then it’s at the bottom of the post, although you might want to read the whole post first as it *may hold the answer to a **possible competition question.

*It doesn’t.

**There is no question.

I used to read quite a lot. I suppose I still do, albeit in bursts of 140 characters or less. In my defence it’s difficult to concentrate on anything longer than that when you have two boys outside the door shouting,

“Daddy, are you having a wee or a poo?”

Aside from Twitter, my reading habits are now almost entirely based in the children’s section. I stopped looking at ‘must read’ lists a long time ago after accepting my brain will forever translate any word after ‘must’ as ‘sleep’.

Luckily the boys love a good book, and if I’m completely honest I’m actually far happier reading about the Pirates Next Door than any of the gubbins Dan Brown sees fit to publish.

Recently though our reading has taken an evil and dastardly turn. It’s become contaminated. Infested by a new breed of literature that until now was completely foreign to their bookshelf. Something so awful and soul-destroying I wouldn’t be surprised to discover it was written in a dark basement by an evil and jealous sibling of Julia Donaldson. These are books that the boys are meant to read … to me!

Honestly, if I find out there’s no phonetically good reason for the characters being called Biff, Chip, and Kipper then this drivel won’t survive Bonfire Night!

I understand the purpose of the books but I can’t disguise my lack of enthusiasm, nor can I help passing judgement under my breath. They may learn to read but they’ll also have added some words to their vocabulary that most definitely did not come from the book.

Thankfully they know it’s a means to an end, that better books await. For every Biff there’s a Superworm. For every Chip, a Mr Magnolia. And for every Kipper there’s someone going on a Bear Hunt.

Did you see what I did there? Oh come on, that link was seamless!

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a classic. Something we first read over a year ago, and which we’ll no doubt keep returning to for years to come thanks to their granny teaching them the accompanying actions.

Well now there’s a parody of it. We’re Going on a Bar Hunt.

It’s very funny. If you’re a parent who’s ever attempted to leave the house after having kids then this is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Written by Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees it tells the tale of two parents attempting a night out, and parodies the original book brilliantly. It’s also beautifully illustrated by Gillian Johnson.

It’s difficult to say too much without just regaling the whole story but the opening verse gives a good indication of what’s to come.

“We’re going on a bar hunt. We’re going to find a cool one. The babysitter’s booked. We’re not old!”

I can definitely recommend buying it, and dare I say, it would make the perfect gift for any parent, particularly over the festive period which as I’m writing this in October I’m refusing to name, but it involves Jesus, turkey, and an Advocaat induced hangover (is that just me?)

‘We’re Going on a Bar Hunt – A Parody’ is published today (17th October) and is available from all good book shops, and probably some dubious ones too.

{I was sent a copy of the book free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.}

Now you could buy it,

OR …..

before you do so, you could enter my competition to win a copy!

Lots of ways to enter and a winner will be chosen at random on 24th October.

Good luck.

 

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  1. I’m going to be a bit controversial and say I quite like the Biff, Chip and Kipper books. WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO SAY NOW, EH?

    BTW (on the subject of kids’ books twisted to adults’ twisted tastes), there’s always this classic: http://gothefucktosleep.org/. Samuel L Jackson’s reading of it will make the coldest cockles cosy. But I’ll be looking into Bar Hunt, assuming the competition isn’t based on geographical proximity to S&L HQ.

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      Really? The competition is based on a mutual dislike of Kipper, I should maybe add that to the T&C’s.

      I find them too predictable. By page six I knew Kipper had the ball.

      Funnily enough I ordered Get the f**k to Sleep yesterday.

  2. Argh, we have a box set of Biff et al to plough through too. However, it may be an improvement on Bob the Bug which really doesn’t get beyond 3 letters a word (a bit like Dan Brown). My fave book at the mo is There Are Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz – very original and very funny.

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      There are Cats in this Book is one of Luca’s favourite books. I’ve never seen him engage with a book more. In fact I have the wee stain on the sofa as evidence of just how funny he found it!

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  3. As our son is only six months old, we don’t really have all that many favourite books yet. That said, we’ve recently bought up one called ‘Herb the Vegetarian Dragon’ that looks ace.

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