Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Random Book Review: Sister Madge's Book of Nuns

Sister Madge's Book of Nuns is written by Doug MacLeod and illustrated by Craig Smith.

Originally published in 1986, Sister Madge's Book of Nuns is a fondly regarded Australian children's book - which apparently started out as a practical joke on a publisher.

Introduced by Sister Madge, from the Convent of our Lady of Immense Proportions, the book consists of a number of poems about various nuns Sister Madge has known.

The book is a rollicking, irreverent excuse to put some nuns in very un-nun-like situations, and there are enough fart jokes to keep any Year 3 class amused. The poems are a little long for reading the entire book in one sitting to the younger grades, but it gives a primary school teacher the opportunity the stretch the book out over several story telling sessions.

My favourite lines come from "Sister Stephanie and the Gang":
Sister Stephanie left the store
But came back with a mighty roar
The windows smashed, alarm bells rang,
The nuns had formed a bikie gang

The gang was fierce, the gang was mad
The gang was old and leather-clad
With chains and crosses, clubs and spikes
The nuns revved up their superbikes
You can find Sister Madge's Book of Nuns in the Curriculum Collection, at 820.94 MACL.

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