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The author of the book: Nina Bawden
Edition: Puffin
Date of issue: January 1st 1998
ISBN: 0140384472
ISBN 13: 9780140384475
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Language: English
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I have decided to read this book again partly because of a distinct sense of nostalgia being aroused in me when I saw the book lying about in my room next to some other almost forgotten books, having had to study 'Granny the Pag' for Form 2 (Saint Aloysius College Malta).

First of all, to her credit Bawden did introduce a new word to the English dictionary (or at least they should include it in my opinion). When Catriona (or Cat as she likes to be called) was still very young and was not at all used living with her grandmother, she put up a note on her bedroom door calling her grandmother a 'Pag' ('Pig' misspelled). The name stuck. Throughout the book, her grandmother is lovingly referred to as the 'Pag'. For they made up. Indeed, they became inseparable.

I for one always believed that I shared a special bond with my some of my grandparents when I was younger. They were an influence to me, in more ways than one. Staying overnight in their house was like a holiday to me, homework being opportunistically forgotten. However Cat's case is an entirely different matter altogether. Being considered almost as a burden by her always travelling acting parents, she had to live with the Pag whether she liked it or not. This is a common situation nowadays in Malta, with many parents leaving their children in the care of their grandparents.

There is nothing evil in that if it is only once in a blue moon, but grandparents can never act as a substitute for the parent figures. In an innocent (that is in an unconscious) way, Bawden challenges that, though I personally do not agree with her. I like my grandparents for their unique personalities and way of living. However, that is a far cry from living with them permanently. I know a dear relative of mine who had to live with his grand-grand parents (my grandparents, then early 70's of age) most of his childhood, similar to Cat living with the Pag, and he grew up to hate and fear his parents. I only know of this because he used to confide in me as a beloved friend.

The story is pretty charming on the whole, but I do agree with another reviewer that it the story had aged quickly (as a family drama) and it is not the sort of story one would recommend. Being in the first person, it tends to be more interesting to young readers, but at times it does seem to drag on and on, as it could have been even shorter that it actually is. I felt bored at some point, and almost discontinued reading were it not for my 'nostalgic reason' I have revealed in my introduction.

However, for children aged 8-12 this is a charming read as a library 'rental', for its aspects on bullying, friendship, family bonds and, indeed, for the charming manner in which the book is written.












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