TOP 5 FRIDAY: Tea Times
We're big tea fans at the Coop, and we'll never say no to a sliver (read: wedge) of Victoria Sponge. Plus, after the Curses, Castles and Deaths of our last three top fives, we reckon it's high time for a bit of light relief. Well, light-ISH ...
1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
'We're all mad here!' exclaims the Hatter. And indeed, this Tea Time Of All Tea Times - which lasts, literally, for ever - is characterised by unanswerable riddles and nonsensical poetry. And, naturally, tea. Turns out Time has punished the Hatter by evoking an everlasting six o'clock. Alice reckons it's the stupidest party she's ever been too, but I rather fancy an eternity of cake ...
2. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
The tiger is a charming and cheerful guest, but JEEZ does he have an appetite. He slurps all the tea. He eats all the food. He drains ALL OF THE WATER FROM THE TAPS. Bloated, much? What a ledge.
Teatime, and it's those tricksy little dainty cakes, crumbling from your fingers like miniature sandcastles. As you try and stuff 'em in, your prim-and-proper headmistress shoots awkward questions over her teacup, and your dark secret backstory gently unravels ... Awkward.
4. The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
Despite the lack of actual tea, the Famous Five know the importance of the mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Blyton life lesson: if you're going on an adventure, essential tools include ginger beer and jam sandwiches - with LASHINGS of jam. Word.
5. Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens
Daisy is home for her birthday and her oh-so-glam mum is throwing a fabulous tea party in her honour - hurrah! Er, wait, what's that in the title? Arsenic? Yeah, someone's poisoned ... happy birthday! And what with the INSANE storm howling outside, somebody's going to have to sort it. Good thing Daisy's in the Detective Society ...
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