Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews


Aged 6
Joined August 2016

Favourite book EVER is Zog
HRDK, 12 45 books
PMK, 8 72 books
MAK, 6 75 books
DFK, 4 61 books
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Was read to me 19th January '19

See Inside Ancient Egypt
We absolutely love these interactive books by Usbourne. A good mixture of facts presented through double page spread of themes, and loved the binocular feature, where certain flaps were zoomed in to show greater detailing. I loved the details of how to mummify a dead body, the kids not so much!

I read this book 19th January '19

Dragon Jelly
Author: Claire Freedman Illustrator: Sue Hendra
This is one of our son's all time favourite books. The full page illustrations, rhyme, and the characters truly make him smile. He has read it so many times, and is even using it for a school project at the moment. 

Was read to me 16th January '19

The Princess and the Wizard
Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks
We are huge Julia Donaldson fans in this house but this one just felt to miss the normal satisfaction mark. The children found the various days and escape attempts a little flat and repetitive, without the usual use of beautiful rhyme. There were elements of repetition to the story's format, but not with the usual flow. 

Was read to me 25th November '18

Night Windows
Author: Aart Jan Venema
The hardback edition of this book gave it a lovely feel for a book that would last for many years to come. I loved how the story worked on an emotional level of adjusting to a new life situation, and how taking action and creating change can bring about new opportunities. The children seemed to enjoy this book, but I wish I had not chosen it for a bedtime read as they wanted to try and find all of the people and items mentioned in the text, which took ages! The illustrations were refreshingly different. The text itself was a little hard to follow at times, not just for the dark colour and background, but because some parts rhymed, yet other sentences didn't. The book still holds absolute value though.

Was read to me 13th November '18

Three Little Monkeys
Author: Quentin Blake Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark
My children appeared to enjoy the repetitive pattern of the story, and liked finding Lulu the monkey in the vast illustrations. The book touched a numerous emotions; anger, worry, joy, which is great to convey to children. We shared this book several times on the first night, and my son also read it himself at bedtime, so safe to say they loved it.