TOTP: AN EXPERT’S VIEW: James Mills likes reading TOTP. He doesn’t enjoy his dad’s so-called singing

TOTP magazine is published every month. It costs pounds 1.35 and I think it’s worth spending my pocket money on.

TOTP magazine is published every month. It costs pounds 1.35 and I

think it’s worth spending my pocket money on.

The February issue, which I’m reviewing, comes with lots of freebies: a

tin pencil case, a giant poster of Five and stickers of All Saints,

Hanson, Boyzone and the Backstreet Boys. I enjoy these and they would

make me buy it.

One of the things I like is that TOTP contains real-life stories like

Shola Ama’s childhood. Did you know she was a bully at primary school?

Look at her now!

The bits I turned to first were the ’Love is in the air’ quiz, the

gossip section and the interview with the Spice Girls. I like the gossip

section because it’s nice to keep up with what’s happening. The All

Saints poster is already up on my wall! There’s lots to read which is

good because the magazine lasts nearly a month. I liked the interview

with Ronan from Boyzone and the article about being backstage at Top of

the Pops.

There’s a bit where they print the words to the songs. Knowing the words

is useful, as you can sing along with the songs when they’re on the

radio or Top of The Pops. I’m happy now because I know the lyrics to

Will Smith’s Gettin’ Jiggy wit’ it, but I have to put up with my dad

singing along to Cornershop!

I think TOTP would be better if it had more hip hop and rap. I like

Coolio and Snoop Doggy Dogg but there was nothing about them.

The ad that jumped out at me was the Dr Pepper one. It jumped out at me

because there is a big army tank; the reason for this is that if you win

a competition you could be driving a tank. The ad is telling me that you

need to be brave to drink it, but I don’t like Dr Pepper.

James Mills was 12 last week.

He doesn’t share his dad Dominic’s taste in music.


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