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Was read to me 13th February '19

The Star-spun Web
Author: Sinead O'Hart
Another outstanding novel from Sinead O'Hart. The main character, Tess is an orphan who appears on the steps of a Foundlings home one nighr. However, it soon becomes apparent that Tess is no ordinary girl - indeed she is literally 'out of this world'. The story begins when Tess, as an older child a man comes to the home to 'claim' her. Who is he? And what does he know about Tess's true background? It is not long before the reader is whisked off into an adventure of parallel worlds, pet tarantula's, scientific experiments, and World War II.

There is much to love about this book - it's full of strong, plucky female characters - girls who support their friends and take risks to help each other and woman who will do what it take to look after their charges. There are some big scientific ideas explored, and references to history. All wrapped up in a mystery that needs to be solved, and a whirlwind adventure that ducks and dives, keeping you in the edge of your seat. 

This is a truly exciting and well written story that we could not put down, and we can't wait for the next book from this author. 

Was read to me 4th February '19

Amazing Evolution: The Journey of Life
Author: Anna Claybourne Illustrator: Wesley Robins
This is excellent educational book that takes children step by step through all aspects of evolution. 

With fun illustrations, paragraphs, facts and pictures are used together to present information and set out facts about what evolution is, different types of evolution, what extinction and the different ways in which it can occur. There are sections on the history of evolution (how and why evolution was discovered and the key players in the development of the theory) and how animals are related to one another. There is also a section on whether or not evolution is still taking place, and predictions as to what future changes may be.

This book is aimed at 9 -12 year olds, but my 7 year has enjoyed listening to it as much as my 11 year old so I would say it is suitable for younger children. I love books like this that are able to make what can be quite complex scientific ideas and theories accessible (and fun!) to young children. As an adult I have learnt a few new things from this book, and I would dwdefinite have benefited from this book as a young child who struggled a bit with science.

I would highly recommend this book for any curocur child who has a love of science and nature.

I read this book 4th February '19

The Day I Was Erased
Author: Lisa Thompson
I liked the fact that during the story the boy realises just how important he really is because it’s quite relatable and makes you feel good about yourself and the book.I think the title is very interesting and would make me pick up the book however later in the story it would be more engaging with a different title.The the main character is very naughty but sees an error in his ways and he owns a dog who he has a very close connection with.I think this book is a mix of an adventure and a mystery and would be good for anyone looking for something to make their heart beat faster.

I read this book 8th January '19

100 Things to Know About Numbers, Computers & Coding
Author: Various
My children are huge fans of this series and were really excited to find this in our local childrens bookshop, having been told by the seller a few months previously that this would be the next title. My eldest child loves Maths so he was immediately absorbed in the book and also read it to himself at bedtime instead of a story.

The book uses graphics, diagrams, pictures and text to explain a 100 different facts about numbers, computers and coding, There are sections on the history of counting (when was the number zero introduced?), where the term ''computer bug" comes from and football statistics. Each section is short, full of information and presented in an easy to digest manner. 

My son loves learning, and is not really enjoying that he is now at the age where school life is becoming more test based. This book brings the fun back into learning, and he is enjoying absorbing all the facts in it knowing that he will be tested on them. I am also confident that he will remember lots that he learns from it, as he remembers much from other books in this series.

I would definitely recommend this book (and series!) to any child who loves learning facts, it definitely puts the fun back into knowledge!

Was read to me 2nd January '19

The Night I Met Father Christmas
Author: Ben Miller Illustrator: Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini
This is the story of a boy who one Christmas Eve meets Father Christmas and hears the story of how  he began delivering presents to children around the world. Having seen a fair amount of publicity for this book and the beautifully illustrated cover I decided that this would be a lovely book to read with my children.

However, like another reviewer, I don't run no it lived up to the hype. My elder son immediately said that the plotline was the same as the Matt Haig book ''A Boy Called Christmas', and indeed the premise is the same. There is also a scene early on where a child working in a bakery gives a loaf to a character who is hungry, which bears more than a passing resemblance to an early scene in The Hunger Games. And as the book progresses it becomes clear that this is a retelling of 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Darwin. My main issue would therefore be that the story lacks originality, and that it lacked a bit of direction at the start. I think it might have been better to have promotes this book as a children's retelling of the classic Dickens tale.

Ultimately my children enjoyed the story and it was an entertaining read. And I would definitely recommend reading the Matt Haig Christmas trilogy.