Book Review: Jonny Jakes Investigates: The Old School Ghoul by Malcolm Judge

jonny jakesIts very hard to get my nine year old reluctant reader to read a book independently from start to finish. However, he loved Jonny Jakes Investigates: The Hamburgers of Doom so much that when the latest book in the series about schoolboy reporter, Jonny Jakes arrived, he took it away up to his room and started reading.

In this book Jonny is trying to find out about the school ghoul currently terrifying people. Its 100 years since the ghoul was last active, so Jonny can smell a rat!

My eldest has been reading this book without prompt at bedtime ever since it arrived and is making good progress. I’m amazed and thrilled.

When I asked what it was about these books which has prompted him to read them he told me that he likes the font and how it looks which makes it easy to read. These are well produced books which look and feel nice, something I’ve realised is very important for the reluctant reader. He also identifies with Jonny Jakes which I thought was lovely. The boy enjoys books with a lot of humour and a bit of adventure so I can see why he likes it. I just hope I can steal it off him to see what its all about for myself.

If you’d like to find out more about these books and perhaps order a copy for yourself you can find everything you need here on the Curious Fox website.

Book Review: I Have and Orange Juicy Drink by Andrew Sanders

i have an orange juicy drinkIf you like your picture books to be good looking from the point of view of design as well as being great little stories then this book is for you.

This is the story of a small boy and his orange drink. It has a strong message about sibling love and simply asking nicely. We loved this book as its so amusing in the hyperbole of what the character does when someone tries to take his drink from him. If i’m honest it reminds me of my eldest who makes outlandish threats about what will happen if we do various things.

I like a book which encourages literacy skills and imagination and this book is perfect for that. We have hours of fun talking about what might happen in various circumstances. What might your child do if someone tried to take their drink? Crush them with an ocean liner, send an elephant to sit on them? It’s all about expanding imagination and from that helping with sentence construction. Children don’t get many opportunities to develop creative writing in primary school these days as there is such a focus on grammar.

If you’d like to find out more and order the book have a look at FatFox Books website here.

Book Review: Mr Mens Birthday Birthday Party by Roger Hargreaves

mr men birthday partyEveryone loves the Mr Men so you cant really go wrong with providing one as part of a gift or simply getting hold of one to read for fun!

We are big fans of Mr Men and the books are one of the little Ned’s (aged 4) most favourite bedtime reads.

On 5th May 2016 Egmont are publishing  Mr Men Birthday Party and we were lucky enough to get a sneak preview. This book is about Mr Silly’s birthday party which Little Miss Helpful is organising.

This book is as much for the adult reading it as the child. I loved the idea of sending Mr Mean to buy a birthday present and Mr Muddle to make the birthday cake. The party reminded me of some of my efforts to be honest and it really did have us all laughing.

What can I say, this is a little gem and an ideal party bag gift. You’ll be able to get hold of it here.