Wednesday, June 10, 2009

If I were Prime Minister...

I thought, since there may soon be a vacancy for the position, I'd have a little brain dump on the countries' problems. Of course, for the record, I'd be truly rubbish as the P.M. The power would go straight to my head, and before long I'd be banning people over the height of 5ft, making it the law to eat cake for breakfast, and sending people to the firing squad for not laughing at my woefully pallid attempts at humour. Besides which, I spend a large part of the day wearing an old sock on one hand and, let's face it, no one could take that seriously. (Oh, for a tablet glove of my very own... alas all my pdf's smell of feet...)

So, that acknowledged, I shall stay reasonably clear of the life or death stuff i.e. cake, buns and gateaus. These are treacherous (and sticky) playing fields indeed and I should like to start on firm footing. Thus, I shall mainly look at my area of expertise. Some would say this was navel-gazing, but I declare myself multi-talented. Yes, Madam Speaker, Sir, I shall pass judgement upon books.

Law no 1.

All books should have pictures. Yes that's right. All of them! Aside perhaps, from Katie Price's last 'efforts', of course... No child should ever be exposed to that hideousness... And, quite frankly, she just looks so badly drawn! But yes, all those other luscious booky wooks should most definitely be illustrated. Who says picture books are for little kids? And I don't mean little tiny vignettes. I want all singing, all dancing, full-colour plates! Listen up, People. I have a dream...!

Law no. 2.

Anything different SHOULD be published. Yes, it may not sell, but shouldn't we have a looksee, rather than always publishing more of the same?! I want to see truly grotesque-looking children in books. I want to read stories with completely miserable endings. I want scary, wary, ugly fairies on every page, gosh darnit! Strange, odd or weird characters- Come one, come all, and let the children rejoice!

Law no. 3.

I want to see an end to this worrying mollycoddling of kids in literature. All those wonderful and inspirational, and horrible and terrible people in history were brought up on tales of all sorts... And they turned out to be wonderful and inspirational, or horrible and terrible just the same. Why, oh why, do we think this generation will be any different. Let kids be kids, with all the goodness and badness that that entails!

Law no. 4.

No book should ever have picture and text repeating eachother. This is something I strive to live by... partly because if I did not, I'd bring upon me the wrath of my good friend Claud, who's responsible for instilling this mantra in me... And then she'd almost certainly over throw me. And since, by now, you're all eating sweet meats instead of shreddies and laughing insanely at my latest wonderful witticism about the cow walking into a bar, I most certainly would not want that!

So, there we go. That's what I'd do if I were Prime Minister.


In other news; Huge congrats to Anthony Browne, the new children's laureate. He's only the second illustrator ever to grab the position; The first, of course, being Quentin Blake. So I'm quite, quite thrilled to see what he gets up to. Not to mention that he's the only UK illustrator I know of to have done a picture book almost entirely in b+w pencil, which (as far as I'm concerned) deserves a medal all of it's very own!

Here's a picture of the lesser spotted Hotbotamus; Complete with more commonly spotted 'my dog, Sheebs,' hairs all over it!


16 comments:

Emily said...

You’ve got my vote...though not being strictly speaking from GB I may not be eligible...

cassia said...

Thanks, Emily! Ach, politics is laughable over here atm, so I'm sure i could wangle you a vote! :0)

mai s kemble said...

Hmm, I think I would adopt a hot water bottle monster in a heartbeat...
I am honored to be 5 ft and eating candy and sorts before breakfast all the time (although mainly because I just can't get up early enough to make myself a decent breakfast and my cabinets are empty).
ah, this post speaks to me in so many ways.

Lynne Chapman said...

So true - why can't we grown-ups have pictures too? Dosh, that's why! What a dry and prune-like world it is, when everything always comes back to money, money, money.

I'll only vote for you if we can have crumpets as well as cake for breakfast...

cassia said...

yes, yes! crumpets all around for sure! Great to hear from you, Lynne, you twisted firestarter, you! Will try send proper email this weekend to catch up on all your news- very jealous of hay on wye and prague exhursions.

lol, mai! your kitchen habits sound as bad as my own. I start off with good intentions, but all my veggies gang up on me and go off before I've taken them out of the shopping bag- little blighters!

nb. far, FAR too many exclamation marks in that comment!

Jessie said...

I agree with your laws and love that hot-waterbottle-blue-creature but thing is, I'm over 5ft so it just isn't gonna work. ;)

cassia said...

I might, just MIGHT be able to make an exception if you eat extra cake... :0)

Lenny Bruce Lee said...

I'd vote for you, but only if I got a position in your cabinet. You'd need someone to work on an ideology, economy and stuff like that (you know, the boring stuff). I could do that.

cassia said...

Yup, you absolutely can handle that stuff since I can't count to 10 without using my fingers. glad to know you got my back, Lenny!

Claud said...

I wouldn't over throw you Cass, I'd just make you move next door to no. 11.

cassia said...

very kind of you, Claud. How's things?

Buskitten said...

Yeah - great laws, Cassia! Cassia for PM! Vote Cassia! Anything to do with pictures, fun and vast ammounts of cake gets my vote!

cassia said...

thanks very much, Buskitten. Free fondant fancies for all!

Mike Stone said...

I like the use of the word "booky wook".

cassia said...

I thank you kindly, good sir. I feel it is seldom a good idea to do as Russell Brand does (when discussing kiddies' books at least!) However, in this instance I thought I'd push the boat out...

April Jarocka said...

I would vote you in Cassia!! I particularly like the rule about weird looking characters...hear hear!