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KathrynKelly

1 child aged 5.
Joined July 2016

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Wrote a Review 27th November '18

Book pages Oliver Moon And The Potion Commotion
Oliver Moon And The Potion Commotion
I read it to SophieKelly aged 5
Oliver Moon is a younger kids' Harry Potter. He is from a wizarding background although his parents embrace "non-magical ways" - driving a car, cooking slugs in microwaves (instead of the traditional couldron), failing to wear capes and pointy hats etc.. When Oliver's school teachers inform him he has been short-listed for "Young Wizard of the Year" - he quickly goes to work at upping the magic at home so his family interview with the competition judges goes well.... but is it at the expense of the potion test, the spells test and the broomstick flying test? Funny and interesting - with lots of unusual names and words to practise decoding. Much better received than the shorter school scheme-reading books provided each night! Definitely helped re-motivate Sophie that its worth pressing on and reading as books can be fun !

Usborne state this as GOLD level; but certainly compared to scheme Gold-books, it feels harder than that but certainly very accessible. (7 chapters / 91-pages / illustrations but some full pages of text (albeit fairly large text)). There are 12 books in the series.

Wrote a Review 15th November '18

Book pages Oxford Reading Tree: Level 9: TreeTops Non-Fiction: What in the World are Fairies?
Oxford Reading Tree: Level 9: TreeTops Non-Fiction: What in the World are Fairies?
I read it to SophieKelly aged 5
Non-fiction book exploring fairy folk lore for different cultures.
Listed as an ORT 9 / Gold level book.... but the vocab / content was much more challenging that Treetops Fiction books of equivalent level.
That said Sophie made a really good stab at reading this book, and told me all about how a glossary works.
It wouldnt be my first choice of book but was the right moment for her given she's interested in the Rainbow Magic series. 

Wrote a Review 15th November '18

Book pages Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 9 More Pack A: The Cowboy Next Door
Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 9 More Pack A: The Cowboy Next Door
I read it to SophieKelly aged 5
Laugh-out-loud story about a next door neighbour whose TV watching while his wife does the weekly shop, leads to some strange behaviour ! In chapter one - after watching a western, leads to him running around the backyard - using the washing line as a lasso - without skill thus missing the tree and attaching the other end to the bumper of a van. His poor wife has to suffer the indignity of her washing (inc pants!) being driven around town.  Sophie really enjoyed this engaging and witty book. Highly recommend

GOLD (ORT 9)

Wrote a Review 15th November '18

Book pages Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 9: Messy Ella
Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 9: Messy Ella
I read it to SophieKelly aged 5
GOLD (ORT9): Sophie started the book thinking it would be a story about an adventurous messy hippo.... but soon realised the story is based on Cinderella. Ella the hippo likes to run, jump, crawl, climb and generally get messy, but when a royal invitation arrives she convinces her mum to let her go and promises to keep her dress clean and tidy. Her two sisters Primrose and Daisy goad / trick her into doing all the things she was trying so hard not to do... and her dress is ruined. The sisters go off to the palace, leaving messy ella at home.... ready for the arrival of her fairy godmother (missed opportunity for it to be a fairy godhippo). Sophie read it really well with great expression, because the text is so engaging and funny, supported by some lovely quirky illustrations. One of the best books we've read at this level. 

Entered a Giveaway 14th November '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
Adventures in Space
For Ages
6, 7, 8, 9 & 10
No. of Copies
11
End Date
3rd Dec '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom