Mr Lee's Library Books of the Week

Mr Lee’s Library Books of the Week

Thank you to the organisers of the Budleigh Literary Festival, including our Year 3/4 teacher Mrs Walshaw, for offering such fantastic literary opportunities for our pupils.  Last week  all pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 met Dan Metcalf and Tracey Courderoy, pupils from Rowan and Chestnut went to ECC to meet Andy Cope and pupils from Beech and Oak went to ECC to meet Maz Evans.
Thank you to all the pupils and parents who have read these recommendations.  It really made me smile at the end of last week when a pupil took out ‘The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop’ and promised that they would tell me what they thought of the book when they finished!
I know I said that I would probably only include two books this week – but I got carried away this week and read five!
Abigail by written and illustrated by Catherine Rayner
Abigail the giraffe loves counting. One day, she tries to count the spots on her friend Ladybug, but the little bug scurries away. Abigail tries to count Zebra’s stripes and Cheetah’s spots, but her friends just won’t stand still! After several more unsuccessful attempts, Abigail begins to wonder if there’s anything at all that she can count. Then, she has an idea.  
Kate Greenway Medal winning author and illustrator Catherine Rayner has produced another beautiful piece of work.  A perfect book for pupils in Nursery/Pre-School and Reception – counting will never be ‘boring’ if you count like Abigail and her friends.
We’re All Wonders written and illustrated by R.J. Palacio
Younger readers can meet Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his beloved dog, Daisy.  Palacio shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world—a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way.
We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.
An inspiring book – suitable for pupils in Year 1 to Year 6.  Please read the book with your child and once you have finished spend some time exploring the themes and feelings.
The Perfect Hamburger written by Alexander McCall Smith
When a snazzy fast-food chain moves into town, business at Joe’s favourite hamburger restaurant begins to suffer. He gets an idea that’s sure to bring back the diners, but there’s just one problem. The secret recipe for the burgers is missing! Can Joe figure out the ingredients to recreate the perfect hamburger before it’s too late?  
I am biased!  This was one of my favourite books when growing up – so when I realised that the school library did not have a copy I immediately bought a copy and donated to our stock.
I am not sure exactly when a certain fast food restaurant opened in Leigh, the town were I grew up.  However, I suspect that it was shortly before I first read this book.  We did not have a ‘Borthwicks’ in Leigh, but the book really resonated with me – as the town began to change.
Hubble Bubble: The Glorious Granny Bake Off! written by Tracey Courderoy and illustrated by Joe Berger
A bewitching brew of domestic dottiness, fizzy fun and chuckle-inducing charm, this delightful series about a little girl and her rather unusual granny (whisper it – she’s a witch!) is ideal for newly independent readers with a thirst for magic and mayhem. In these three hilarious stories, Pandora’s granny brings comic chaos to a televised bake off, delightful disaster to a school fair and tons of trouble to a stately home! But she puts everything right in the end, with a bit of help from Pandora. Everyone loves Granny, especially her long-suffering granddaughter!   
When Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils met Tracey Courderoy, I knew that we had to get some of her books into the library.  This book consists of three short stories, which are suitable for pupils in Year 2 and lower Key Stage 2.  My favourite was ‘ALAKAZOOM The BIG BUNNY BOOM’, but I suspect most people will chose ‘The GLORIOUS GRANNY BAKE OFF!’.
Friendly Matches written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Fritz Wegner
A superb collection of football poems covering many aspects of the game. Written in a variety of verse forms – sonnets, rhyming couplets and more. 
The great thing about poetry collections is that you can choose which ones you want to read, the order in which you read them and if you find one that you do not like then you can just stop half way through!  My favourite poems in this book are: ‘Team Talk’, ‘Team Talk 2’, ‘Team Talk 14’ (these do follow on from each other), ‘The Betsy Street Booters’ and ‘How to Score Goals’.  Which are your favourite poems?
Previous Books of the Week
  • The Imaginary by A. F. Harrold and illustrated by Emily Gravett
  • The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop by Claire Balding and illustrated by Tony Ross
  • Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: Smugglers Bay by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto
  • Jampires by Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell

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