The Little One is a great fan of Roddy Doyle's children's books (better than JK Rowling), and we had had a serious conversation last night, during a long evening walk. Little One offered some stylistic analysis of his own on the work:
"He's getting better with every book, and I'm going to write books like his, probably when I'm 11, so I have time to have a brainstorm. And I'll use lots of brickets."
"Brickets?" I enquired.
"Yes, brickets, you know, to tell people something is happening. Like: he opened the door (slowly). Brickets."
"Hmmm. Those are usually called brackets."
"OK; and three dots, too. He uses three dots when someone interrupts him when he' s writing."
(Hmmm. Three dots should be well used when I write then, I thought, in a cunning use of brickets).
So Little One wrote a letter to The Author, expressing his admiration for "the bit when the snails want to take over the world", and refrained from taking him to task over writing all those books for grownups when his real audience were waiting and having to read The Meanwhile Adventures for the 10th time.
I think the Author liked it.