Anne Fine, prize-winning author and former Children’s Laureate makes her deadly serious and emotionally powerful points about the responsibilities of having a baby lightly within this hugely entertaining story. When the teenagers in 4C are given the Flour Babies project they little know how it will change their lives. To keep a six-pound sack of flour clean, dry and within sight because it represents a baby is a challenge none of them is eager to take on. And they are right to be scared. It proves that having a baby is a responsibility they do not want. And for Simon, it leads to a painful but thoughtful reconsideration of the story of his own father’s departure. ~ Julia Eccleshare
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When the annual school science fair comes round, Mr Cartwright's class don't get the soap factory, or the maggot farm, or the exploding custard tins. They get the flour babies - sweet little bags of flour that must be treated gently. Anne Fine's novel "Goggle-Eyes" won the Carnegie Medal.
The boys in a class of no-hopers take part in a science project in which each must look after a bag of flour as if it were a real baby. They can't leave it unattended and it musn't gain or lose weight. Simon becomes particularly attached to his flour baby and learns much about the responsibilities of parenthood. Hilarious episodes are balanced by some very touching moments. (8-11 yrs) (Kirkus UK)
|Publication date:||7th April 1994|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2|
|Topics:||Humorous, School Stories|
Anne Fine was our Guest Editor in July 2011. Click here to see the books she selected. Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults. Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and ...More About Anne Fine