Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews


Aged 8
Joined February 2015

Favourite book EVER is Halibut Jackson
RS, 8 83 books
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Was read to me 18th December '18

The Christmasaurus
Author: Tom Fletcher
Lovely lovely book! Accessible chapters and sporadic illustrations. I read this to the children each night a couple of chapters at a time. My 3yo didn’t really follow it to be honest but enjoyed snuggling up under a blanket each night. My 8yo enjoyed being read to and really liked the story. It prompted lots of questions and predictions. A really great book, I can’t recommebd it highly enough 

Was read to me 25th November '18

Tappity-tap! What Was That?
Author: Claire Freedman Illustrator: Russell Julian
Haha we love this book! It’s about three scardy friends (owl, mouse and rabbit) all afraid of a raging storm and what might be out there. They are especially scared of ‘the monster of the woods’... who turns out not to be scary at all. Lots of opportunities to put on voices and make the story come alive. We read this story quite a lot and the children always enjoy it. 

Was read to me 25th November '18

Ant and Bee and the Rainbow
Author: Angela Banner
Another book we’ve returned too! This is a book that’s part of a classic series about two friends, ant and bee. We have the tiny hardback versions. They are fairly long stories with lots of repetitive text that really helps children read along. For example, the word ‘rainbow’ in this book is always written with different coloured letters thus making it stand out and recognisable to little ones. When mentioning colours, red is written in red and yellow in yellow and so on. My 3yo has learnt to recognise these words from reading this book. 
The story is about the two friends seeing a rainbow, and being dismayed when it disappears. So they set to build a ‘make believe’ rainbow and play with it all day. A really lovely story 

Was read to me 21st November '18

Who? What? Why?: What is Brexit?
Author: Claire Leclerc
My son was sick of hearing the word ‘brexit’ so when we stumbled upon this book he instantly pounced in it. It sets out the nonsense that is brexit explaining all the key terms (such as referendum and no deal) and lists the arguments on both sides in a clear and easy to digest way. More adults should read this book!!!!

Was read to me 7th November '18

The Snail and the Whale
Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Possibly my favourite Donaldson/scheffner story. It’s about a little sea snail who longs to see the world so decides to hitch a ride on an enormous humpback whale. They go on to have adventures all around the world until the whale ends up beaches and in des patate need of help. Luckily his little hitchhiker is ready and willing and proves size doesn’t matter when you have a friend in need. A lovely book, we’ve been reading it for years but I decided to introduce my 3 year old to it as we are going to see the stage version on the weekend