Book rainbow: Green Books Part 5

Green Book Stack Part 5

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See parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 by clicking on the numbers, or see the Red, Orange or Yellow stack by clicking on the colour that you would like to see.


This was one of the tougher colours for me to gather as green doesn’t seem as popular as black, white, blue and red. Green is one of my favourite colours so I would love to see more books with this as their main colour!

Do you have many green books on your shelves?

You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum by Andy Stanton

The beginning of a weird, wacky, one in a million series about the plight of the truly nasty Mr Gum and a crazy cast of characters—a cross between Roald Dahl and Monty Python

Mr Gum is a truly nasty old man. He’s a complete horror who hates children, animals, fun, and corn on the cob. This book’s all about him. And an angry fairy who lives in his bathtub. And Jake the dog, and a little girl named Polly, and an evil, stinky butcher all covered in guts. And there are heroes and sweets and adventures and everything.

This is one of the weirdest, wackiest books I have ever had the pleasure of reading! I have read this aloud to a number of Year 3 classes now (Age 7-8) and it has never failed to go down a storm. The children love how it subverts expectations and there are always a few who imitate one of the character’s verbal tics and run around the playground shouting ‘The truth is a lemon meringue!’ Absolutely bizarre, but a fantastic read-aloud!

Once Upon a More Enlightened Time by James Finn Garner

Following the international best-seller Politically Correct Bedtime Stories comes Once Upon a More Enlightened Time, a new collection of nurturing and correct stories for pre-adults. These tales by James Finn Garner attempt to purge the cultural biases, sexism, lookism, speciesism, and other insidious -isms from the “classic” bedtime stories that have been handed down from one social power structure to another. A better world starts with better bedtime stories – and these stories made the New York Times best-seller list.

From the Little Mer-Persun protecting her unique evolutionary niche, to Hansel and Gretel becoming eco-terrorists to defend their forest home, these recast tales should inspire a new generation of right-thinking people to make the world a better place for persuns, non-persuns, animals, pixies, and talking mirrors of all backgrounds.

This is the second in a series looking at how problematic fairy tales can be when compared to modern societal standards – it does this in a tongue-in-cheek way, where the stories themselves become more and more meaningless as the language becomes more politically correct. Yet, despite the political correctness being taken to such an extremes that it seems ridiculous, these stories also serve to make you think about the inherent biases which we accept as the ‘norm’ because we have heard the story told so many times.


A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li

Brilliant and original, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers introduces a remarkable new writer whose breathtaking stories are set in China and among Chinese Americans in the United States. In this rich, astonishing collection, Yiyun Li illuminates how mythology, politics, history, and culture intersect with personality to create fate. From the bustling heart of Beijing, to a fast-food restaurant in Chicago, to the barren expanse of Inner Mongolia, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers reveals worlds both foreign and familiar, with heartbreaking honesty and in beautiful prose.

“Immortality,” winner of The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize for new writers, tells the story of a young man who bears a striking resemblance to a dictator and so finds a calling to immortality. In “The Princess of Nebraska,” a man and a woman who were both in love with a young actor in China meet again in America and try to reconcile the lost love with their new lives.

“After a Life” illuminates the vagaries of marriage, parenthood, and gender, unfolding the story of a couple who keep a daughter hidden from the world. And in “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers,” in which a man visits America for the first time to see his recently divorced daughter, only to discover that all is not as it seems, Li boldly explores the effects of communism on language, faith, and an entire people, underlining transformation in its many meanings and incarnations.

These and other daring stories form a mesmerizing tapestry of revelatory fiction by an unforgettable writer.

I am sorry to say that I eagerly picked this up quite some time ago, brought it home…and it has sat unread on my shelf since! It still very much sounds like something I would enjoy so will have to bump this up the to-be-read pile

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

A race for survival among the stars… Humanity’s last survivors escaped earth’s ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome its dangers?


The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age – a world terraformed and prepared for human life.

But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare.

Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

This is a book we picked up due to the Arthur C. Clarke prize (both myself and my partner are big sci-fi fans so we tend to just buy the shortlist on sight). He has since read it, loved it and recommended/lent it to others…which means that I have yet to read our copy! Definitely moving this one further up the to-be-red pile too!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Are there any which have caught your attention?

Which green books would you recommend?

While you’re here, why not check out my books reviews of Shelter, The Snowbear, The Bookshop Girl, Nyxia or On the Spectrum?

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Thanks for reading!

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