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Was read to me 8th May '18

There's a Bear on My Chair
Author: Ross Collins
This book was so much fun to read out loud. And it was laugh-out-loud funny too!!  My 4 year laughed at how the mouse reacted to a bear in his chair. But he also noticed how angry the mouse got when the bear ignored his pleas. And then how sad mouse was when he eventually accepted that he lost his chair to the bear.  It’s a great book to talk about emotions and sharing (and not sharing).  And there’s an eco-lesson on polar bears and how rare they’re becoming.  Fantastic book all around. 

Was read to me 5th May '18

There Is No Dragon In This Story
Author: Lou Carter Illustrator: Deborah Allwright
What a great fun story!!  My four year old recently discovered and enjoyed the classic stories, such as Three Little Pigs, Red Ridinghood, etc. This book fits right in but with a modern deconstructed twist about the “bad” dragon who just wants to be good, helpful, and a hero. By golly, Dragon is in this book. The story is very pretty with lots of fun colorful illustrations. Lots of funny bits where he shows up in other tales, and my son laughed out loud when he recognized the other stories. Great fun and read. 

Was read to me 20th September '17

The Highway Rat
Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
A nice rhyme-y book to read out loud. The illustrations are fun to look at and the Highway Rat is such a great character. My three year old loves this book because of the rat!  He knows the rat is naughty for stealing, but he also loves how the rat is demanding for chocolate and sweeties. It's also nice to see that in the end, the rats work at a bakery shop (tidying and sweeping) and gets all the lovely things to eat because of his hard work. At least, that's how I've interpreted it and pointed out to my son!!

Was read to me 20th September '17

Big Words for Little Geniuses
Authors: James Patterson , Susan Patterson
As a high school English teacher, I love this book!!  First off, the word selection is great.  They're definitely big words. I love how they included the word's pronunciation as some words were new to me. The book uses the word in a sentence and provides a lovely illustration of it. So each word is like a very short story with a bright cheerful picture. In short, this book is essentially an alphabet book, but instead of the usual "A is for Apple," it's "A is for Arachibutyrophobia."  My little one had a lot of fun looking at the pictures and saying the very big words with me. As did I. 

Was read to me 11th September '17

Dinosaur Rescue!
Author: Ms. Penny Dale Illustrator: Ms. Penny Dale
This book features dinosaurs going to the rescue.  Not surprisingly, my three year old loves it. The story comprises of short repetitive sentences. Easy to read and perfect for bedtime. The illustrations feature some realistic looking dinosaurs driving realistic looking rescue vehicles. Full of action, each page and scene captures my son's attention. The story resolves itself with the dinosaurs rescued and tended by emergency medical care. The rescuers return homes as heroes and off to bed. Again, perfect for bedtime.