Mr Lee's Library Books of Week
Each week I will be showcasing different books from our school library which I have read during the past seven days. I will only ever include books which I have actually read – and I will try to pick some less familiar authors alongside some favourites!
I am not going to critically review the books – they are just books which I have enjoyed! However, I will include the ‘blurb’ from www.goodreads.com to give you and your child some ideas about the genre and themes.
I would like pupils to have a go reading these books too – and to let me know what they think. They are the best judges of whether a book is a ‘brilliant’ book!
Since this is the first week, I have included four books. In future weeks, I will probably only include two or three!
The Imaginary by A. F. Harrold and illustrated by Emily Gravett
Rudger is Amanda’s best friend. He doesn’t exist, but nobody’s perfect.
Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend – until the sinister Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda’s door. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he’s sniffed out Rudger. Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. But can a boy who isn’t there survive without a friend to dream him up?
A brilliantly funny, scary and moving read from the unique imagination of A.F. Harrold, this beautiful book is astoundingly illustrated with integrated art and colour spreads by the award-winning Emily Gravett.
This is a great book for Upper Key Stage 2. There are some weird moments – and it does get a bit odd around Chapter 6 – but stick with it! One day your imagination may keep you alive!
The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop by Claire Balding and illustrated by Tony Ross
Charlie Bass is a horse-mad ten-year-old who dreams of owning her own pony. So when she accidentally manages to buy a racehorse, Charlie is thrilled.
The horse she buys, Noble Warrior, looks the part: strong, fit and healthy. There’s just one problem – he won’t gallop. In fact, he won’t even leave his stable without his best friend, a naughty palomino pony called Percy.
Charlie is convinced that Noble Warrior has what it takes to be a champion. But can she prove it? Derby Day is fast approaching and only a win can save the family farm from being repossessed.
The stakes couldn’t be higher for the Basses. Can Charlie turn her chaotic family into a top training team? Can Noble Warrior overcome his nerves? Will Percy the pony ever stop farting?
A heartwarming Key Stage 2 story about horses and horse racing. Against the odds, Charlie’s determination and ambition save the day. When reading the book you will also learn lots about horses! This book reminded me about my childhood – visiting stables and watching horses race with my Dad. There is a quiz, fascinating facts and an interview with the author at the end of the story.Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: Smugglers Bay by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto
Captain Flinn has swashbuckled his way through THREE pirate dinosaur adventures and lived to tell the tale. But now he faces his toughest challenge yet. Captain T Rex and his pirate crew are smuggling sausages out of a secret cove and their favourites are CHILDREN CHIPOLATAS – gulp! Watch out Captain Flinn!
But this time, the Captain T Rex has bitten off more than he can chew and wily Captain Flinn and his friends soon teach him a lesson he won’t forget.
This is the fourth book in the series – and I would recommend reading Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs first. My son and daughter love this series – especially the songs! I wonder what type of voice you will use for Miss Pie and for the pirate Tyrannosaurus Rex? Perfect for children in Reception and Key Stage 1.
Jampires by Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell
The jam has been sucked out of Sam’s doughnuts! Who are the culprits? Sam sets a trap to catch the jam thieves and gets a surprise! It’s the Jampires: friendly little creatures whose love of jam and sweet things gets them into trouble! They fly off with Sam to their magical land sitting in the clouds, where doughnuts grow on trees, jam tarts sprout like flowers, and castles are made of jammy sponge cake.
Great for children in Reception and Year 1 – a perfectly silly book about a scrumptious snack rather than a scary story! Top Tip: Have some jam doughnuts in the cupboard for after reading this book!