Katy by Jacqueline Wilson
May20

Katy by Jacqueline Wilson

There are many reasons why I love having a daughter, but one of them is definitely being able to read Jacqueline Wilson books! I always liked the look of Jacqueline Wilson books, but boys wouldn’t touch them with a bargepole (not just my boys, any boys). She writes the most incredibly moving stories about girls in believable situations, which have made me cry on more occasions than I dare to admit. My daughter and I have been...

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Gorgeous George & the Giant Geriatric Generator
May03

Gorgeous George & the Giant Geriatric Generator

My boys can be stubborn little so-and-sos. So when I got a book to review, I had real difficulty persuading them to read it, because it wasn’t their choice. In the end, I didn’t give my younger son any choice, I just started reading it to him. Now I’m going to digress slightly… At his school they are very fond of creative writing, of using adventurous adjective and adverbs, of personification (giving human...

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Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson
Jan11

Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson

A few weeks ago I reviewed The Dinosaur’s Packed Lunch the perfect introduction to Jacqueline Wilson and a great book for new readers making the transition from picture books to chapter books.Recently we’ve taken Jacqueline Wilson up to the next level with Sleepovers, aimed at readers aged 7+. Although not yet the full-on tween angst fest of Wilsons for older readers, this was most definitely a Jacqueline Wilson. And my...

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The Dinosaur’s Packed Lunch by Jacqueline Wilson
Dec20

The Dinosaur’s Packed Lunch by Jacqueline Wilson

I’ve been waiting many years to read a Jacqueline Wilson, but they are ‘too girly’ for my boys. The Dinosaur’s Packed Lunch is a book for younger children and is my daughter’s very favourite book. It looks like a chapter book, but has coloured illustrations on every page. It is written in consultation with reading experts, so it is easy for children to read themselves. As in most Jacqueline Wilson books,...

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Beware! Killer Tomatoes by Jeremy Strong
Sep21

Beware! Killer Tomatoes by Jeremy Strong

Jeremy Strong is possibly my favourite of all children’s authors. For others I love see here and here Jeremy Strong writes great slapstick books for kids aged about 6-10. They are slightly more aimed at boys, which is all good by me, seeing as I own two of them. He is a prolific writer, publishing a new book every few months, some as part of a series (Hundred Mile an Hour Dog, My Brother’s…) and others on their...

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