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Book Review – AniMalcolm by David Baddiel

Jasmine loves a chapter book and has made her way through entire collections¬†(Roald Dahl and David Walliams to name a couple) so was very excited to be given the opportunity to review the new David Baddiel book, AniMalcolm. So far, she has only read the first three chapters but first impressions are good; she immediately found the premise of someone who doesn’t like animals being surrounded by animals very amusing. Aimed at boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 11, AniMalcom is written in a style that children can easily comprehend and, at the age of 8, Jasmine has been able to read it to herself without any problems. It is available in hardback (¬£12.99), paperback (¬£6.99) and audiobook. With the summer holidays rapidly approaching, I have been looking for new chapter books to encourage Jasmine to continue reading even when school is out and AniMalcolm is the perfect start to the collection. To find out more, check out the official trailer below. I am looking for recommendations of other suitable books for …


Roald Dahl Day – Golden Ticket Costume

My children adore Roald Dahl stories. It all started with the audio books – bought primarily in the hopes that they would encourage the boy to stay in bed instead of getting up ten times before settling (they work pretty well). Quickly, my children realised that they love the stories and the music that goes with them, the voices of the readers and everything else. We bought the books to go with them and read chapters before bed and listening to more. On top of this, Miss J has spent a term at school learning about Roald Dahl – not just the stories but the man behind them. So, this Roald Dahl Day, we were keen to make an effort.  Year 2 (Miss J’s year) are dressing up today, as characters from Roald Dahl stories. Weeks ago, when we heard about the opportunity, Miss J wanted to go as an Oompah Loomah and had seen the costume she wanted online. However, as we had three other dress up days this month, including World Book Day …