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Phoenix

Phoenix

I defy anyone to read the first chapter of Phoenix, by SF Said, without being completely hooked.  It is a skilful example of how to introduce multiple strands of a story at breakneck speed without overloading the reader with detail. Despite the homely smell of... read more
Surviving the school reading scheme years

Surviving the school reading scheme years

Go anywhere near the primary education talk boards on Mumsnet and the levels of anxiety about levelled reading scheme books is hard to avoid.  Inevitably any conversation thread includes DDs or DSs that are already on gold star plus level even though there are only... read more
The Magic Sky

The Magic Sky

I have always been fascinated by the pictures of the Northern Lights, unfortunately we live too far south to see them.  A long planned trip to Iceland is however finally coming up and fingers crossed the sky will light up for us. Our upcoming trip has prompted us to... read more
El Deafo

El Deafo

A graphic novel by Cece Bell, tracing the author’s experience of going deaf as a child.  The book focusses on the challenges of living with a hearing aid (the 1970s version being much more conspicuous than many modern day devices). The themes it explores are... read more
Cats Ahoy!

Cats Ahoy!

Cats are a bit of a thing for my youngest.  Cats Ahoy! (written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Jim Field) meets with her approval ‘because it was really fun with cats in it’.  Winner of the 2011 Roald Dahl Funny Prize (0-6 category) it is a cleverly... read more
Oscar and the Bird

Oscar and the Bird

Looking for books for a 6 year old on electricity, I turned to the Oscar series by Geoff Waring. There are six books forming an introduction to different aspects of the Key Stage 1 (5-7 year olds) Science curriculum. Each centres on a curious cat called Oscar (based... read more