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Sunday, 20 September 2015

The Reading Chair Childrens Book Column for South Wales Evening Post Sept 19th #DickKingSmith

The Reading Chair Childrens Book Column for South Wales Evening Post Sept 19th

My pick of four great childrens books across a wide age range for all to enjoy!!


Childrens 4+



The Dinosaur That Pooped the Bed! By Tom Fletcher

What is it about poop that makes us giggle! The latest in the series written by two McBusted band members is a real guilty pleasure. Danny is ordered by his Mum to tidy his room but he just feeds his mess to his Dinosaur instead and you can guess the rest! Little boys will love the irresistible combination of poop and dinosaurs, it just may be a little too close to home for some parents!
    ISBN: 9781782951797 PB Random House £6.99
4/5 Stars


Childrens 7+

The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith

I would recommend any book by this beloved children’s author. Best known for Babe, The Sheep Pig, King-Smith's endearing yet realistic style of writing will appeal to young children curious about the world. Hodgeheg tells the story of Max a hedgehog who lives on the wrong side of the road. An exciting story relaying the importance of road safety and of never giving up on a dream. www.dickkingsmith.com has great info for children and teachers.
ISBN: 9780141332383 Penguin PB £5.99
5/5 Stars



Young Adult Fiction 13+


Hope in a Ballet Shoe by Michaela DePrince

An extraordinary true story of an orphan from Sierra Leon who on seeing a picture of a ballerina is determined to become one against all the odds. Adopted by an American couple Michaela had to deal with a new culture and racism whilst dancing but despite all the setbacks she broke the mould to fulfil her dream. This book is a triumph over extreme adversity. A must read whether your a ballet fan or not!
ISBN:9780571314478 PB Faber & Faber £7.99
FULL REVIEW HERE
5/5 Stars


Book of Week

Childrens 9+

Grandpa's Great Escape By David Walliams

David Walliams, the young pretender to Roald Dahl returns with his irreverent humour to tease and torture his army of young fans. David's hotly anticipated new novel tells the story of the special bond between a small boy and his beloved grandfather who happens to be able to fly a spitfire plane. They both take to the skies to save the day immersing the reader in a rip roaring adventure over London. David's naughty sense of humour is perfectly captured by the drawings of award-winning illustrator Tony Ross. Out Sept 24th
ISBN: 9780007494019 HB HarperCollins £12.99
5/5 Stars