Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Of boys and beasts

While there's blood in his veins etc...

The six-year old has just discovered the Beast Quest books - I suppose it was only a matter of time. A few years ago, the ten year old borrowed them in order from the school library and we only had to spend money on some of the weirder editions such as Silver the wild terror - in which Elenna's wolf gets turned into a terrifying beast (Malvel's evil really does know no bounds!) or Grashkor the beast guard in which Elenna gets kidnapped by - that's right - Malvel again.
But the six year old's reading level isn't quite up to chapter books yet and the stories he's given at school have still got Biff, Chip and Kipper in them. Bah! Turns out there aren't nearly enough deadly beasts in the Oxford Reading Tree scheme!
So, on Sunday I took the boys to Waterstones with their pocket money and the six year old bought the first three beasts - Ferno, Sepron and Arcta. The ten year old wanted the latest Dirk Lloyd book, but when that turned out not to be in stock, he too succumbed to the lure of the glittery Can You Survive the Beast Quest? covers and bought Zepha and Vedra & Krimon.
The rest of Sunday was spend in drawing beasts, making beasts out of clay or pretending to fight beasts with plastic swords (Special thanks to the boys' older cousin for filling the house with plastic swords - cheers, bud!)
Anyway, I decided to go with the beast theme for yesterday's art club...





I love it when they take an idea and run off in an unexpected direction with it! So here is a free-standing Bart Simpson zombie mask-head-thing...


And two more terrifying beasts (the masks are pretty scary too!)...



As you can probably see there's a plentiful supply of black paper in the school art cupboard, so we also had a go at making Steampunk Silhouettes. I bought in the ten year old's desk lamp and shone it at each of their profiles while someone else drew around the resulting shadows on the wall. Then some of them added cog-wheel brains...






A few of them brought in their own hats for an even more magnificent effect - look...




 
 
There was no writing AT ALL today - it was a day of chores. My ironing pile was threatening to reach the ceiling, I had to go to the bank, pick up some shopping and clean the kitchen. Then, since the boys had invited friends home after school, I also decided to cook some real food instead of the usual frozen pizza.
 
Not a pizza in sight!
Ok - to be honest, I did buy a frozen pizza just to be on the safe side, but - hurrah! - they liked the pie.
Success pie
  
Of course, there'll probably be a pizza in this space again tomorrow...


I can't help wondering if proper published writers have to take entire days off work just to do chores.
(Yes, probably.)
 
 
I also made cute little boats out of melon slices and chocolate covered Mikado biscuits - which were devoured without anyone really noticing my craftsmanship. Served me right really - they were a step too far. I bet bloody Charles Dickens never wasted his writing time making melon boats!
 

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