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Was read to me 2nd February '19

Super Happy Magic Forest
Author: Matty Long
We have this book borrowed from our local library right now and literally read this yesterday before school.

A 'follow up' (sequel?) to the Super Happy Magic Forest : Slug of Doom (also excellent), this book is hilarious and brilliantly illustrated. Perfect to read aloud or for kids to take a look at on their own.

Funny and positive, this will appeal to any child who likes heroes, quests, superheroes, unicorns, fairies, the Ice Queen and.... frolicking! ;-)

A brilliant book.

Was read to me 2nd February '19

Super Happy Magic Forest: Slug of Doom
Author: Matty Long
Absolutely hilarious!

We've read this book together several times and the boys have read it plenty of times by themselves - there's so much to look at and I've caught them browsing the pages several times.

An epic tale of adventure, evil (slug) villains and... frolicking, this is such a fun book. Wonderfully written and with excellent illustrations that mean there's lots to spot and chuckle at. It's almost a modern fairytale with a dash of 'early reader graphic novel'.

A great quality read-together book - brilliant! We loved this book.

Was read to me 18th April '18

A Big Garden
Author: Gilles Clement Illustrator: Vincent Grave
What can I say about this beautiful, wonderful book? It is absolutely delightful in every way.
Oversized with gorgeous illustrations like art that will have your children noticing things and pointing stuff out until you can take no more, this is part art, part book and something worth treasuring forever. It'd make a fantastic, special gift.

Each page represents a month in the world of the garden and the gardener, and rather than 'dumbing down', it is packed with real facts about growing plants and flowers.

Everything about the book is a feast for the eyes - from the font to the detailed illustrations.

Really lovely to keep and read, and to inspire discussion about the natural world. We're loving it at the moment as it ties in with our youngest son's term topic on the 'Global Garden'.

Was read to me 22nd March '18

Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper
Author: Lynley Dodd
We've reading this as a bedtime story a couple of times this week.
Like all the Hairy Maclary books, it's great with short, funny rhymes and great illustrations.

I do the dogs barking in silly voices and a 'howling' sound for the cat and after a while, my 6 year old joined in with these. Then after reading together the night before, he picked up the book spontaneously at breakfast one morning and started reading it aloud to us all, complete with voices. He's still learning to read so that was really lovely to see.

Was read to me 21st August '17

Angus Rides The Goods Train
Author: Alan Durant Illustrator: Chris Riddell
A thought-provoking read. We liked it and have borrowed it from our library a few times but...
it is no cute-sy bedtime story but perhaps more a morality tale for our time about the distribution of wealth and how perhaps our kids may grow up to help.

The 'goods train' is basically a synonym for all the 'plenty' that is available to some, and as it travels on it's journey through Angus's dream to serve the rich, over-fed 'important' people at the end of it's journey, it passes many characters in desperate need of food, water etc. But it doesn't stop to help them. They are not 'important' people.
Seeing the unfairness in this, Angus hijacks the goods train and returns to help them.
When he awakes from this dream (slightly nightmarish really, and very young children may find it a bit scary and confusing), he sees images of those in need on the news on his own television. He decides at that point, that when he grows up, he will drive the goods train, and presumably change the way the goods are distributed.

Super illustrations by Chris Riddell, though graphic and as I mention above, may unnerve younger kids.

I don't think it hurts to get kids to think from time to time and this book does just that. It may well provoke conversation about famine and why some people have less than we do... never a bad thing.