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Vita and the Gladiator by Ally Sherrick

I guess as a teacher one of the things that I really want from my learners is for them to remember at least some of what they are taught. By this, I don’t mean things like there being 100 cm in one metre or that a right angle is 90 degrees, rather – when theyContinue reading “Vita and the Gladiator by Ally Sherrick”

Like A Curse by Elle McNicoll

I recently described Elle McNicoll on Twitter as a national treasure – a title that many fans of her writing and admirers of her work challenging some people’s perception of neurodivergent individuals would agree with but that she herself is too modest to recognise. In the two years since her first book, A Kind ofContinue reading “Like A Curse by Elle McNicoll”

Yesterday Crumb and the Teapot of Chaos (Yesterday Crumb 2) by Andy Sagar

Tea might not automatically spring to mind when thinking of witches and magic but in Book 1 of this series, Yesterday Crumb and the Storm in a Teacup, Andy Sagar introduced us to the wonderful world of walking teashop Dwimmerly End, home to apprentice tea-witch Essie (Yesterday) and her mentor, the deliciously eccentric Miss Dumpling.Continue reading “Yesterday Crumb and the Teapot of Chaos (Yesterday Crumb 2) by Andy Sagar”

This Time it’s Real by Ann Liang

I’m not sure whether, three weeks into January, it’s too late to be talking about New Year’s Resolutions or not. Certainly, the exercise and diet-related adverts on my social media feeds seem to have dried up but over the past few years, my promises to myself have been, at least as far as I’m concerned,Continue reading “This Time it’s Real by Ann Liang”

Boy Like Me by Simon James Green

Growing up in the 1970s and 80s, I was – like many others my age, I suspect – completely unaware of the LGBTQ+ community. Homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK the year before I was born but I had a fairly sheltered, traditional upbringing with the stereotypical male-female romantic relationship being the only one thatContinue reading “Boy Like Me by Simon James Green”

Two Sides by Polly Ho-Yen and Binny Talib

Although I have some very confident readers in my Year 3 class, some of my children are at the very start of their Reading for Pleasure journey – enjoying a mixture of picture books, graphic novels and short chapter books. Here, the best features of all of those types of read are combined in aContinue reading “Two Sides by Polly Ho-Yen and Binny Talib”

Lizzy & Lucky: The Mystery of the Disappearing Rabbit (Lizzy & Lucky 3) by Megan Rix, illustrated by Tim Budgen

I love a detective story and here is one which is an absolute delight. Perfect as a read-aloud in Years 2 and 3, this gorgeously illustrated book will not only be an enormously popular choice for those young readers who are growing in confidence enjoying increasingly long chapter books, but also with those who areContinue reading “Lizzy & Lucky: The Mystery of the Disappearing Rabbit (Lizzy & Lucky 3) by Megan Rix, illustrated by Tim Budgen”

The Funniest Boy in the World by Helen Rutter

While I don’t remember my now adult daughter ever really reading any funny books as a child, my son certainly enjoyed the narrow range that was available at that time. Mostly, the reads that fell into the humour category were full of toilet humour and slapstick and while I was delighted that he would oftenContinue reading “The Funniest Boy in the World by Helen Rutter”

The Borrowed Puppy by Holly Webb, illustrated by Sophy Williams

I haven’t always been a dog owner – in fact, I haven’t always been a dog lover. It took a long bout of illness and a great deal of watching endless episodes of The Dog Rescuers and The Yorkshire Vet for me to have my Road to Damascus moment and finally realise that not onlyContinue reading “The Borrowed Puppy by Holly Webb, illustrated by Sophy Williams”

PRESS START! Game on, Super Rabbit Boy! and Super Rabbit Boy Powers Up! written and illustrated by Thomas Flintham

Talking to my class since we returned from the Christmas break, it has been crystal clear just how much being a kid has changed since I was little. Sure, some things are the same – the belief in Father Christmas for example (although he is far more likely to be called Santa now) – butContinue reading “PRESS START! Game on, Super Rabbit Boy! and Super Rabbit Boy Powers Up! written and illustrated by Thomas Flintham”