A Boy Called Audrey (Pictures from an Exhumation)

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A Boy Called Audrey (Pictures from an Exhumation)

A Boy Called Audrey (Pictures from an Exhumation)

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Michael Rosen’s book deals with death, but also sadness for all kinds of reasons and why being sad doesn’t always look or feel the same. Audrey with the doll’s pram she got Christmas 2021 (aged 8) Audrey with one of her many, many dolls!

The girls in Audrey’s troupe were excited and nervous – talking about how dark it was and a bit scary! The twins in this book do ask if the invisible string can reach their uncle in heaven and this concept could be useful for children to feel a connection to someone who has passed away.Our first day because they were whinging, we were back in our rental sat around eating dinner together about 7pm and Rex asked if he could go to bed! Both grandfathers passed away before the kids were born, but our mothers died having known both Rex and Audrey and I was keen to find stories that would in some way explain what happened or at least let them explore the concept of loss. And I know I’ll see lots of lovely posts about those of us who don’t have their mothers, are not mothers ourselves, have a difficult relationship with our mothers and so on… and I have the joy of my two magical children to help me through, but it will still be a day tinged with sadness for me.

Weirdly, I only realised at the moment it started that my mum would never see it, she would never even know they remade it so beautifully and that made me sad. However, sometimes all of the characters (including Audrey) could be really irrational, which made it hard to agree with their decisions, or even see the reasons behind it. My parents already knew I was gay so there was no comeback but there were people there who held responsible positions.I think we were sort of basing our characters on the likes of Joyce Grenfell, Margaret Rutherford… a sort of typical, if strange, rural, old English village life. The idea developed into a dual-drag act, Hinge and Bracket, with Logan and Fyffe playing genteel, elderly ladies performing songs by Gilbert and Sullivan, Noël Coward and Ivor Novello ("Dear Ivor") and reminiscing about past glories on the concert hall stage. The only difference would be bunches of flowers and boxes of chocolates for Mum (she liked colourful arrangements and the smell of freesias, walnut whips and cards with ridiculous cheesy poems in). During his adolescence, Logan became increasingly aware of his own homosexuality and of his unease as a flamboyant personality in a small industrial town. Perhaps a little bit more abstract for small children (but my two do like it), but then Oliver Jeffers simply knows what he is doing with children’s books.

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