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As you now know, Cassidy and I just got back from ten days without the kids (and pets). While he has gone away for various business trips and pleasure trips with his dad or dad and brothers, it was the first time all six of us left home. The kids and dog went to my parent’s house for nine days, and then spent a last night with one set of in-laws. The kitten went to my friend Holly’s house, where she was cared for like a queen. I didn’t realize at first just how much I’d miss all four of my snugglers.
It’s not just the adventure of our honeymoon in Alaska, but it’s also a deep appreciation for what we have, and what is the norm. I came back with brighter eyes and more focus on my family, and I hope it stays. It’s not just the big moments we have, together or apart, but it’s the ways in which we bond when we are all together. With busy days, and all of the catching up we’ve been doing with back-to-school shoes shopping, food shopping, and just plain telling stories about our ten days apart, it’s the nights that I crave. That’s when it’s ok to snuggle in for something new – in this case, Bottersnikes & Gumbles.
And, what is it?
Netflix’s newest series for kids, Bottersnikes & Gumbles was released on August 19th. It is currently on the Seven Network in Australia and on CBBC in the UK. What’s it about? It’s based on a fantasy kingdom of rusting junk and abandoned things from the human world. Bottersnikes & Gumbles is based on a beloved series of children’s books. The show has been developed and adapted from the characters and the world as they first appeared in the much loved books by S.A. Wakefield, and illustrated by Desmond Digby. My Desmond found that interesting! The books were published between 1967 and 1989.
And what’s it like? It’s fun and quirky and imaginative. It’s fast-paced. I can confess that sometimes it takes me a lot to get interested in the same shows as my kids. I will find myself tuning out to a certain degree. As the kids get older and interested in shows like Bottersnikes & Gumbles, I find myself interested from the start of the show, and on. The language, the characters, and the plucky music drew me in. I’m a big fan of the Gumbles and you will be too! It’s tougher with Bottersnikes.
Although, Scarlet liked their scenes best.
Are you wondering what a Bottersnike is and what a Gumble is, because Des was certainly wondering? Bottersnikes are mean-spirited, selfish, lazy, stinky, and mostly evil. They eat junk and rusty nails, although mattress stuffing is their absolute favorite food. They are afraid of water because they shrink when they get wet! Personally I love their characters, but Des was a fan of all things Gumbles. Gumbles live on the Junk Highway in a Gumble Tree with an old school bus on it, and they spend time gumbling around. They are fun-loving, resourceful thrill seekers, and can squash and stretch in any direction.
The animation is captivating and the themes are fast-paced and fun. The show is for boys and girls aged 6-9, which makes it perfect for Scarlet at age seven. She’s at an age in which she can emphasize with any character, even the Bottersnikes. Maybe especially the Bottersnikes! Even though they are quite angry a lot of the time, and glow red hot when they’re angry. There’s a lot of personality to the characters, and the shows are short and fast, with suspense and humor. We are fans now!