Day: July 3, 2015

#FridayFiveChallenge @rosieamber1 ‘It’s Raining Purple Bananas & Other Such Stuff’ by Calum D Robertson


Welcome to the Friday Five Challenge

Rosie Amber’s Friday Five challenge only takes five minutes, so grab a cuppa and join in!

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions on small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

The Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

A couple of weeks ago, fellow Friday Five Challenger Terry Tyler used a random word to find her pick for the Friday Five Challenge (here). Good idea I thought, I’ll try that next time. ‘Think of a word,’ I shouted to my husband. ‘Raining,’ he said – no idea why, but I went with it.

After scrolling through countless books called ‘It’s Raining Men’, this caught my eye:

purple bananas

The white background is a bit bland, but I liked the title and the font. But I had absolutely no idea what the book was about.

Turns out it’s a children’s book. Oh well, mine are 16 and 19, so not really the right audience, but I do have nephews of a suitable age, so I thought I’d take a look.

Price: £1.14 in the UK and $1.72 in the US. Not bad.

Book description:

A head full of nonsense from the king of the dorks, put into print not just for bedtime but any time, and for children of “all” ages!

And that’s it. I’m not convinced, and I still have no clue as to what it’s about.


One 5 star in the UK. No reviews at all in the US. The book was published in December 2013, so alarm bells are ringing. The 5 star reviewer has reviewed nothing else at all. Hmmm.

I’ve really got nothing to go on, so I had a ‘Look Inside’. There’s just a bit of a nonsense poem, so again, not much help.

Would I buy or pass? PASS (even if my children were small)


There’s nothing here to make me want to buy this book. The blurb tells me nothing at all, there are no useful reviews and there’s not enough to go on even with the Look Inside feature. To be honest, I wouldn’t normally have even looked inside. The cover doesn’t really tell me it’s a children’s book in the first place. Disappointing.

Looking for a book? Take a look at these other FridayFiveChallenges:

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If you want to join in the Friday Five Challenge pop over to Rosie’s blog to find out more.


Shoot the American, penis cake, snickerdoodles, & #FourthOfJuly. #FridayFiveChallenge from @rosieamber1

Fabulous Fourth of July/Friday 5 post. A red, white and blue penis cake – who’d have thought? 🙂

Barb Taub

They just don’t get the Fourth of July here in the UK. Go figure.

My friend Hamish invited me to join him for his archery club’s annual competition on Sunday in which they shoot the American. He is planning to dress as a Confederate officer for the event, but all are encouraged to come in “outrageous” American dress.

Hamish Robertson of Glasgow Archers at last year's shooting of the American.Hamish Robertson of Glasgow Archers at last year’s shooting of the American.

Sadly—because I can think of a number of Americans who would make excellent targets—he explained that “The American” refers to a form of competition in which arrows are shot at specified distances (2 ½ dozen at 60 yds, 2 ½ dozen at 50 yds, and 2 ½ dozen at 40 yds).

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It’s probably just as well that I won’t be able to attend. This is Glasgow after all, so I think it’s pretty likely there will be copious amounts of…

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