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Was read to me 11th March '19

Captain Cat and the Treasure Map
Author: Sue Mongredien Illustrator: Kate Pankhurst
We all enjoyed this funny, pirate adventure with its 'race to the treasure' storyline.  The wisecracks had the children laughing out loud - as did the references to poo - and they both got caught up in the excitement of the race.  The crew intro at the beginning of the book was really helpful while we got our bearings with the characters, and the children enjoyed tracking the adventure on the map (who doesn't love a map?!) as the story unfolded.  We also liked Kate Pankhurst's illustrations which were a perfect match for the narrative.  While I read this as our bedtime story, my daughter is now looking forward to reading it by herself and has added it to her reading pile.

I read this book 11th March '19

Scary Scott (Gold Early Reader)
Author: Katie Dale
Scott is a lonely ghost who wants nothing more than to make some friends rather than scare people away.  He thus attends a Hallowe'en party where he has great fun, until he realises that there are children under all the costumes.  Will the children want to be his friend when they find out the truth?  Hugo's favourite time of year is Hallowe'en and so he was excited to read this before he even opened the cover.  He thought that Scott was brave both to go to the party when he didn't know anybody and also to face the bullies.  He cheered at the end when the children wanted to remain friends with Scott, even though they had found out he was a ghost; Hugo's parting shot was "It's nice to be kind and let everyone join in, Mummy".

I read this book 11th March '19

Nanny Ninja (White Early Reader)
Author: Jenny Jinks Illustrator: Sean Longcroft
Ant thinks that having his nanny to stay is boring because she sleeps during the day. Imagine his complete surprise when he finds that at night time she turns into Nanny Ninja!  He soon realises just how hard it is being a ninja but with perseverance, he starts to pick up some super-hero skills himself.  No wonder Nanny needs to sleep during the day to recuperate from her evening’s work!  This is a cleverly-written story that breaks down the older-person stereotype and also introduces the concept of resilience.  Hugo loves super-hero characters and so this story was right up his street.  He understood that you need to keep working hard in order to be good at something and now keeps asking his Nanna if she needs to go for a sleep...

I read this book 11th March '19

The Underwear Wolf (Gold Early Reader)
Author: Clare Welsh
We love the Maverick Early Readers scheme and have read a large number of them: not only do they help children to learn to read, they also encourage reading for pleasure.  

Stitch is different from other children.  Firstly, he loves to knit, and secondly, when the full moon appears, he turns into a werewolf!  His wolfy skills are not really up to scratch, though, and he’s also a bit lonely, so he seeks out a pack to join.  Hugo thought this story was hilarious!  He loved the fact that Stitch finally made friends with other werewolves and he thought that it was very kind of Stitch to knit them ‘super-stretchy pants’ to keep them warm.  The story gave us lots of opportunities to talk about difference, inclusion and empathy and Hugo loved the book so much that he dressed up as Stitch for World Book Day.  

I read this book 11th March '19

Bingo and the Burblies (Gold Early Reader)
Author: Steve Howson Illustrator: Gisela Bohorquez
Bingo lives in the rainforest with her family and one day discovers a new species: burblies. Unfortunately, not only does she find that people want to take the burblies away to study them, she also discovers that due to the destruction of the forest, the burblies' habitat has been destroyed, endangering their lives.  She thus embarks on an adventure to re-home them where they cannot be found.  This story really struck a chord with Hugo, who stopped reading at various places to ask why humans would want to hurt the burblies and take away their home.  As a parent, it was a pleasure to see him responding with empathy and concern about saving animals and the planet.