Everyone needs a bit of certainty in their lives and filling out forms can be a really good way of laying out what you’re sure of. This book contains no less than 22 forms for children to fill out and fun as they are, each one will help them understand a bit more about their emotions, give them the space to step back and think about things, or enable them to articulate what is making them sad or indeed happy. It could help parents understand exactly how their children are feeling too, and working through the activities together might be a relaxed way into some important conversations. An unusual and original self-help book.
Read a Q&A with the author:
Q. Why did you want to write a book of forms?
A. I didn’t set out to write a book of forms. I’ve been writing stories and poems for as long as I can remember. It was Prestel, the publishers of Sign Here, who encouraged me to write more forms after seeing the Dream Request Form. The book developed very organically from there.
Q. Are there any key influences on your work/the book?
A. Without a doubt, Monsters, Inc. influenced the Dream Request Form. Aside from that, I’ve always been drawn to the absurd but am equally charmed by anything official. As a kid I made bus passes for our cats and a register for my teddies (goodness knows how or why they were ever absent).
Q. Was the process of making a book as you expected? Were there any surprises?
A. I really had no idea of the process so the only surprise was how long it all took. Of course, it was well worth the wait and I was very lucky to be able to work so closely with the book’s illustrator, Adèle Mildred – she just happens to be my best buddy and business partner in millinery.
Q. Do you have a favourite form?
A. The Tooth Oath and Collection Form. Losing a tooth is exciting but serious – just like having a fairy collect it. I adore the illustrations and that the form folds into an envelope with a wax stamp.
Q. What do you hope young readers take from the book?
A. Serious fun and a fresh way to express themselves or share something. I also hope parents and loved ones will enjoy the book – I’m pretty sure some of the filled in forms will be worth holding onto for an eighteenth birthday or wedding day speech.
Parenting and the Society for Creative Solutions, this collection of Very Official Forms offers a delightfully original way to help kids communicate their deepest feelings, desires, and secrets.
It's hard to apologize. It's hard to say thank you. Sometimes it's even hard to invite someone over for a birthday party. This cleverly designed, slyly bureaucratic collection of forms makes dealing with these childhood issues a great deal less awkward and a whole lot more fun. Issued in impressively official script and language by the Department of Regret, Remorse, and Reconciliation, the Union of Childhood Revenue, the Ministry of Dreams, and other indispensable offices, these forms help kids say some of the hard stuff: I've eaten the last piece of..., You're the best sister in the world, Thank you for buying me stuff I need, Thank you for buying me stuff I don't need. And, because it's important to record even your most private feelings, there are forms to verify that one's parents are, indeed, aliens; that the surprise birthday gift was not actually a surprise; that you had a really scary dream; and other conundrums not easily expressed in person.
Highly adaptable to meet the needs and desires of any boy or girl, these forms can be endlessly photocopied-and of course filed away by parents and grandparents for future reminiscences and chuckles.
|Publication date:||17th September 2018|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Puzzles / Activities|
|Other Categories:||Free Prize Draws|
Gabrilelle Djanogly studied English Literature at Goldsmiths before embarking on a career in milinery, affectionaly known as 'Queen of the Veils'' she is the co-founder of Hood, an online mlinery collective. She lives in London and this is her first children's book.More About Gabrielle Djanogly