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I read this book 16th October '18

Oxford Reading Tree: Level 5: Fireflies: Magic Tricks
Author: Neven Blackmore
This is such a fun book. It teaches young children how to master their very own magic tricks to show friends and family. Part of the Oxford Reading Tree series this book has handy tips and tricks for grown ups to make sure you get the most out of the text. Everything is clearly labelled and broken down into small stages so children can build confidence reading the whole book themselves. We really enjoyed this book and have learnt some great magic tricks.

Was read to me 16th October '18

Unlock Your Imagination: 250 Boredom Busters - Fun Ideas for Games, Crafts, and Challenges
Author: DK
This book is amazing! It's a giant bright blue hardback marvel. There are a fantastic number of activity ideas in this book. They range from the simple 'things to do with a stick' to the amazing 'open a restaurant'. There is also a very handy 'How this book works' section near the start which explains how to get the most out of the book and the activities. There is even a selection of board games attached to the back of the book itself. Every page is bright and colourful with amazing patterns, illustrations and photos. We absolutely love this book and it will definitely keep boredom at bay.

Was read to me 9th October '18

Space Dog
Author: Mini Grey
This is a very interesting book with a fun story. There are Space Dogs, Astro Cats and Mousetronauts but unfortunately they are all sworn enemies. For some reason that is just how it has always been. The story follows a Space Dog and his adventures helping out other planets and lifeforms in outer space. The book is entertaining and has some amazing illustrations but it does seem to have a lot going on. The pages are crammed with detail and storyline and we found it a little hard to follow. Overall the book is a nice one and has a lovely message about friendship.

I read this book 9th October '18

Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales: Level 5: Oh, Jack!
Authors: Jan Burchett , Sara Vogler , Nikki Gamble , Thelma Page Illustrator: Teresa Murfin
This is a lovely book with a very funny story. Jack lives with his mum and Jack's mum thinks that he is lazy so she sends him off to get a job. Jack heads out and finds lots of different jobs but each time things don't quite go to plan. This story is part of the Oxford Reading Tree series and is great for children who are building their confidence and their vocabulary. We really enjoyed the book and the colourful illustrations.

Was read to me 9th October '18

Shark in the Park on a Windy Day!
Author: Nick Sharratt
We really enjoyed reading this fun adventure book. Having read the first book in the series we were already familiar with Timothy Pope and his adventures with his dad at the park. In this story Timothy and his dad are back at the park with the telescope. Timothy looks through it and sees something that again looks like a Shark in the Park. Could it be that this time there really is a Shark in the Park? The rhyming text and fantastic illustrations make this a really great book. The peek-through sections on each double page are brilliant and they add an interactive element to the story.