One of the absolute best series of books i’ve found for reluctant readers is The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. My eldest who needs serious pushing to read anything has read his way through them all and Fifi (now 8) is working her way through them at speed. This week they were incredibly lucky to be gifted some copies of the book (one each!) prior to the official release.
Fifi loved it so much she read it during the course of one evening and and early morning. The reluctant reader took a bit longer but did it! That means they’ve both read a whole book this week (and more). I’m thrilled by this, there isn’t anything better than seeing your children enjoying a book. Rather than me tell you all about the story and how good it is I’ll leave it this time to Fifi:
You can find out all about the Wimpy Kid book series here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/puffin/worlds/wimpy-kid/
Adam Hargreaves is best known as the illustrator and author of the Mr Men and Little Miss series of books over the past 30 years. Molly Mischief is an entirely new character and she is cheeky, determined and mischievous- everything you want a little girl to be. This is the story of Molly’s trip to the zoo where she ‘borrows’ various animals to try out at home.
We loved this story it really made my five year old laugh and it brightened up bedtime. The illustrations are great and very accessible and the font was easy enough for the five year old to attempt to do a bit of reading himself. The book got a big thumbs up from our five year and I thorough enjoyed reading it too.
I’ve started the countdown to Christmas and have been looking for perfect gifts for people who have everything. Its a tricky one as i’ve got a reputation for finding great gifts but this year i’m quite stuck.
Fortunately earlier on in the year we were sent these fantastic Colouring Books by Noisy Crow who have been collaborating with The British Museum. I’ve reviewed some of their other books and they are just great, they would have been perfect for me as a child or as a mum reading to my child. However, these colouring books are even better as they meet the criteria for doing something crafty and mindful, they’re useful and interesting.
You can chose from either Fabulous Flowers & Perfect Patterns or Amazing Animals & Beautiful Birds. Both are illustrated by Rachel Cloyne who was inspired by objects in the British Museum collections. Her illustrations are real works of art in themselves, but brilliantly once you’ve coloured them in you have a card and an envelope (each book makes 24 cards)!
A card to colour
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a history/ museum loving creative friend then this is it. You can find more information here
At this time of year its a good idea to start building a bookshelf of Christmas stories for the children. I have a friend who wraps up the books and they act as an advent calendar which is a great idea. From experience it is best to be organised well in advance as it takes the stress out of Christmas and so i’m already focussed on gathering our books with a view to creating a book advent calendar this year. Angel’s Great Escape is definitely included!
The book tells the story of Angel and her decoration friends who are trapped in a box in the home of the mean family who live in the same street as the good family. Angel and her friends need to escape on Christmas Eve in time to meet Father Christmas. This is a delightful, original Christmas story with beautiful illustrations. One of the problems I tend to find with Christmas stories is that they are either too long, too short or simply retell the same story. Angel’s Great Escape is a perfect length for 5- 8 year old bedtime reading and its original with nice quirky illustrations.
The first book from the independent publishing company And So We Begin which was set up by Kirstie Rowson Angel’s Great Escape sets the bar high, we cant wait to read more from her.
If you’re looking for a new book with a determined, strong female role model then this is for you. I love this book personally, Izzy is living my childhood dream and doing loads of things I’d have liked to do. She is an inventor and has adventures based on her inventions.
There is a strong message behind the story about resilience and trying again which is really appealing at the moment in our household as I try to encourage my five year old to not give up at the first sign of something going wrong.
Izzy Gizmo has been created by Pip Jones who is responsible for Fifi’s favourite series Squishy McFluff and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie who is one of Booktrust’s Best New illustrators and has brought a brilliant character to life here. This is a colourful, well presented and fun picture book and it comes as no surprise that its shortlisted for the 2017 Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards.