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This book, though not bringing an onion cry, succeeded in making my eyes watery. That's Gleitzman for you. Features characters from Misery Guts, Blabber Mouth, Second Childhood, Belly Flop, Adults Only, Teacher's Pet, Worm Story and Aristotle's Nostril.
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I stop, out of breath. I’m taking a risk because I’m not sure if there is a local paper around here. He also wrote live stage material for people such as Rolf Harris, Pamela Stephenson and the Governor General of Australia. Morris is well known to many people through his semi-autobiographical columns in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald magazine, Good Weekend, which he wrote for nine years. Now continues the other two books but just in the present. Felix is now 80 years old, a retired surgeon and also lives in Australia. He has a grand-daughter named after his best friend in the previous books, Zelda. The story mentions some spoilers for the past novels so I would say to read Once & Then before starting.It turns out that Anya is living in an orphanage with other kids under the care of Dr. Lipzyk, who invites Felix to visit his medical library anytime he wants to. But things happen that make Felix uncomfortable about the doctor. First, nothing seems to be done about Anya constant vomiting, then, Felix makes a deal with Anya for an endless supply of powdered milk and other baby needs for Pavlo (yes, Felix and Gabriek name the baby a nice Ukrainian name, since his mother was from the Ukraine), and lastly, the doctor cold attitude toward him when he sees Felix without pants on.
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This wonderful book has not yet been published in Portugal, so I read in English thanks to my Daughter, who got it for me.As with the other Felix books, research was an important part of preparing to write Now. The real life stories of the people and communities caught up in the terrible bushfires that swept through parts of Victoria, Australia in February 2009 inspired the story of Now in all kinds of ways. Many of those real life stories were recorded in the extensive media coverage of that time, and many others live on in the following books:
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Now I understand why Felix does the things he does. At least he’s got me. My name is Zelda too. This is our story.’ I've read each of Felix's 'Once' stories with increasing admiration, and was thrilled to see a new episode, set in an era that is rarely, if ever covered in children's books - post-war Europe. There is a wealth of WWII fiction, but the dark period just after is, in my mind, not somewhere authors visit.
Gleitzman has managed to pull this trilogy completely together, yet, interestingly enough, each novel can even stand on it own. So, if you have any interest at all in WWII literature, this is a trilogy not to be missed. Now is the third book in this series. (Once is the first, Then is the second) Each book has a one word title, and each chapter in the book begins with that word. In Now, Felix is 80 years old, living in Australia, taking care of his granddaughter....Zelda. Her parents named her after his friend from the earlier books. I don't want to give too much about this book as it does sorta build on the first two books. It's interesting to see a grown Felix, still struggling with his past and what he lived through. He is sad, often distant, and just still remembers everything from his past so vividly and lives with grief and anger each day. Now also weaves in another part of history - a large, devastating, brush fire in Australia. Merging all this together with so much more, bullying, love, grief, a precocious little child, family and more. I know the feeling,’ says the man. He points to his name tag, which says Elvis. We give each other sympathetic looks. Elvis hands me the padded post bag.