BOOKS THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE #7: WADDLE GIGGLE GARGLE!
18th September 2013
By Daisy Huang
When I was 5 years old, there are two ways this book changed me:
1. It made me forever scared of magpies (and for a very long time, I believed that the only way to scare off a territorial magpie was to act like a fool).
2. It showed me a love for reading and writing.
If the first point doesn’t make sense, a brief outline of this already very brief book is as follows (if I remember correctly…):
A family faces the issue of a threatening, swooping magpie (which apparently calls “Waddle Giggle Gargle…Paddle Poodle…!”) outside their house, making leaving home to attend to their daily activities extremely difficult. They overcome this problem by marching past with instruments and household items, causing a ruckus and forcing the magpie not to move out of its nest.
I remember this story so clearly because, being the smart little kid that I was, I thought, magpies don’t make those noises! How preposterous!!!! But then I stopped and thought… that’s not right, what sounds do magpies make? I don’t even know. In fact, at this point, I didn’t even know what a magpie was. This book introduced me to the existence of magpies. Not only that, it made me question my knowledge and understanding of magpies, the bird species, and then, obviously, life itself. But that’s beside the point…
The point is, I quickly discovered that magpies do, in fact, NOT make such noises! This showed me a world of fiction produced through writing – the imagination, the fantasy, the joy, the escapism, the ridicule, the possibilities…the endless possibilities! Writing produced this whole new world I wasn’t yet aware of; a world I hadn’t yet understood. Not until I read this book. Not until I figured the magpie sounds out.
And that’s how this fictional children’s picture book changed my life when I was 5.