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Book Review: Supertato

By: Sue Hendra

Book reviewed by:Flamingo Class


Flamingo class really enjoyed the adventures of Supertato and his battle with the Evil Pea. This book was funny and made the class laugh. We would recommend this book for year 1 pupils.


We would rate this book 9/10.

Book Review: The Bog Baby

Jeanne Willis & Gwen Millward

Book reviewed by: Ms Barrett


We used this moral genre story for our literacy learning this term and I fell in love with this beautiful story. It is all about 2 girls who find a mysterious creature in the woods and take it home. This book has gorgeous pictures and after reading it, you will want to find a Bog baby yourself!


I would rate this book 9/10.

Book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Author: Mark Haddon

Reviewed by: Mrs Jeavons


From the moment I started I knew I would forfeit my chores.

I love the human mind and the many complex ways it works, so if you're like me then this book is a must read.

It is outstanding, funny, clever and gives you an insight on living with Asperger's syndrome.

Follow the trials and tribulations of an amazing 15 year old boy, you won't be disappointed!

Book review: The Singing Mermaid

Book review by: Miss Bichard

The singing mermaid is tempted away from her home at Silversands to join the circus. The audiences love her but the poor mermaid, kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, soon longs to return to the freedom of the sea. Will she ever escape?

This book is one of my favourites to read to a class, as it's so beautifully written and children are always enchanted by it! There's lots of rhyming and the lovely illustrations make it a joy to share. Plus I just saw there are copies of it for only 1p on Amazon, so why not buy it and share with your child?

Marvel Comics

Reviewed by Mrs Brandon

I am a mother of three boys that struggle to read, so with a little bit of encouragement and the right material I have won (don't tell them!)
I have been an avid reader since a child, and I am a self confessed Geek.. I love anything Marvel! So I have been introducing them to comics.


There are so many to choose from and don't let anyone tell you they are just for boys ! Comics are fantastic for letting your child develop an imagination and a belief that they can be anyone they want to be! They are bright, light and easy to read. For a un-confident reader they are a brilliant start...


Comics are awesome for parents too! Visit your local Comic shop ( Phoenix Fantasy Comics local to us ! ) and they will advise you of a comic/ graphic novel that would suit your child.

Book Review by Mr Stacey

Title: Steven Gerrard - My Story

It's a real insight to how he made positive and negative relationships with team mates and managers! As well as the highs and lows with Liverpool and England!‚Äč

Book: Superworm

Author: Julia Donaldson

Reviewed by: Mr Lamprell

I love Julia Donaldson books as they always have such fascinating and exciting characters in them. This particular book is one of my favourites because it explores how 'Superworm' has all these special and 'super' powers! With lots of great pictures and rhyming language, I would recommend this to any book lover!



Book Title: Wolf Brother

Author: Michelle Paver

Reviewed by: Mrs Feuillatre

I first read this enchanting book with my son Sam and I have to say once we started reading, it was almost impossible to put down! It has become a family favourite! After a heart wrenching opening, Michelle Paver  creates an ancient, mystical yet thoroughly believable world in which Torak and his wolf cub friend, set out on a dangerous yet exciting adventure that captivates you until the very end.  Each character we meet along the way engages the reader entirely and the story is totally enthralling and beautifully written. If you are in year 5 or 6 or enjoy incredible adventures this book is for you!  

Without a doubt a 10/10 rating!

Book review: Michael Morpurgo

Reviewed by : Mrs Marks


I started reading Michael Morpurgo after I met him during a university lecture. He was one of the most entertaining, enchanting and energetic authors I have ever had the pleasure to meet. His love of writing encouraged me to read, 'Born to Run'

This book tells the story of a young boy, Patrick, who saves a litter of puppies. He begs his parents to keep at least one of them. The story tells of their life and experiences, which gripped me from the start and touched my heart in so many ways.

I have a love of animals and this is one of the reasons I enjoy reading Michael Morpurgo. I would encourage any young reader to pick up one of his books, you will be hooked the moment you turn the first page!

These books are for children who love stories about animals and I recommend any year 5 or 6 child to read them.

Book Review: The Lamb who came for Dinner

Steve Smallman & Joelle Dreidemy

Book reviewed by: Mrs Williams

I have chosen this book because it is the most recent children's picture book I have read.

I love it because the Wolf character is desperate to eat the lamb, but as the story progresses, he cant bring himself to. This is mainly because guilt gets the better of him, but also he 'needs' the lamb in his life as a friend as much as the lamb needs him. The way the story is written is hilarious. The story actually brought a tear to my eye!


Book Review: The Magic Faraway Tree

Enid Blyton

Book reviewed by: Ms Barrett

This is my favourite childhood book. I read it so many times that the pages started to fall out.

This is the story of an ordinary forest which has an extraordinary tree in it. The tree is full of unique characters, one of which is very funny as he always hears things wrong.

At the top of the tree are different magical lands that capture your imagination. I used to wish I could visit some of the lands and taste the exploding candy pops!

If you are looking to escape to an amazing land whilst you read in bed then this book is for you.


I would rate this book 10/10.

Book Review: holes by Louis Sachar

Reviewed by Mr Apps

I love this book and have read it many times. It is suitable for readers in Years 5 and 6 with brilliant use of flashbacks throughout.  The story is about a boy called Stanley Yelnats who is sent to a 'detention camp', also known as a camp for badly behaved boys!  Everyday he has to dig a big hole under the blazing Texas sunshine, without very much water at all!  It soon becomes clear that the camp's owner is searching for something valuable in the dried up lake bed.  Lots of clues are given along the way before the books reaches its climax.  A fantastic book for upper primary children and for teachers too! 


I highly recommends this book - look out for the Disney film version too!

I would rate this book 10/10.

Book Review: Wonder by R J Palacio

Reviewed by Mrs Evans

I read this book a few years ago and loved it. I thought it would be really sad but it wasn't. As you can see from the image on the front cover, the boy in this story doesn't quite look like other children. He just wants to be like everyone else. He starts the story by saying

'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'


August has always been home schooled  but is now going to join Middle School. He is understandably quite anxious and just wants to be accepted by his class mates but needs to persuade them that there is more to him than just his unusual looks.


This story is not a sad one but it is quite an emotional read. I think you will love it if you are in Year 5 or 6.


I would rate this book 10/10


The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling 


Harry Potter was the first book I can remember reading. I have a lot to thank this fabulous series of books for; before finding Harry Potter I was very much a reluctant reader who struggled to read. I feel it was the wonderful stories, characters and settings that really engaged me in reading and in turn, opened up the career path that I’m currently on. I feel I owe J K Rowling a lot.


Growing up alongside Harry Potter was great fun. I can remember sitting up for hours under my covers reading and loving all of the marvellous adventures and mischief Harry and his friends would find themselves in. Desperate to hear more, I would read them again and again reliving all of the extra bits the films couldn’t fit in. Now I find myself reading them to my son at bedtime, which has become our favourite part of the day.   


I would rate these books as 10/10

By Mr Comber

Book Review: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Book Reviewed by: Mrs Shead

My Dad used to tell me stories from a very young age about the characters in the book and for a number of years I thought he'd created them until he read me the book!
I love fantasy and the idea of other worlds that could exist along side our own. The characters are so original and bizarre, especially the nonsense of the Jabberwocky and the Mad Hatter's questions and sayings.
Alice blunders her way through a number of strange and awkward situation in an attempt to escape everyday life. That's what so many of us do when we read!

I would rate this book 10/10

Book Review: Ruby

Maggie Glen

Book Reviewed by: Mrs Collingwood

I have owned this book for about 15 years, it was my daughter's favourite, so much that when she got her first dog, she called her Ruby.
This is the story of a very wonderful bear who was made in a factory, and how she found her way to her forever home. 
I would rate this book 10/10

Book Review: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen

Book Reviewed by: Mrs C. Taylor

One of my favourite books to share is 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. I particularly enjoy the repetitive element to the story which encourages everyone to join in. When the family encounter an obstacle there are sound effects to make, for example, the grass is 'swishy swashy'. Year 2 pupils: do you think these are onomatopoeia words? The story builds to an exciting ending with the family encountering the bear and racing back home! Great fun!

I would rate this book 9/10

Book Review: The Finders

Nigel Hinton

Book Reviewed by: Mrs J-P

If you like something that makes your heart race and makes your imagination run wild then this is the book for you.  It all begins with an ordinary day with three children going to school; then Rosie meets an elderly gentleman taking a parcel to the post box.  EVERYTHING begins to go wrong once Rosie takes the parcel from the man.

I would rate this book 9/10

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams.

Recommended by Miss Kirkpatrick.

I absolutely loved reading this book with my children. Whether you are reading it yourself or an adult is reading to you, this book will have you laughing out loud (adults and children)! David Walliams has a fantastic way of telling stories. You can sympathise with Ben, a young boy who is made to frequently go to his smelly, boring granny’s house which fills him with dread each time they pull up outside her house. This is until one day, he begins to discover things about his granny which would mean he never looked at her the same way again…..

Totally Fantastic Rating - 9/10

Willy and Hugh by Anthony Browne.

Reviewed by Mr Manclark.

I am a huge fan of Anthony Browne and could have chosen any of the many fine books that he has written and illustrated to review. I love the way that his pictures say more than his words and the fact he uses chimps and gorillas as his characters is a stroke of genius as it allows us to 'feel' for our main character, 'Willy', as he looks out of place amongst the bigger, more evil looking gorillas. We all know a 'Willy', and have instant empathy for him and his desire to be accepted by his peers.


Absolutely brilliant 9.5/10.

Book Review: The Scarecrows' Wedding

Julia Donaldson  & Axel Scheffler

Book reviewed by: Miss Potter


What a lovely story. I really like the way they organise their wedding and collect the items on the farm. I read this book to my previous class and they loved it. We even had a wedding and made our own scarecrows! This book rhymes throughout and has a very happy ending. 

I would rate this book 8/10.

The Day the Crayons Quit: by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers:

Book reviewed by Mrs E. Taylor

This book is imaginative and moving. I really liked the letters that had been written by the crayons. I am going to read this story again to my class.


I would rate this book 8/10

The Story of the Little Mole: Werner Holzwarth & Wolf Erlbruch

Reviewed by Mrs Baker

This is one of my favourite children's books and it has followed me wherever I have taught. This book is funny and will make you laugh out loud.

I rate this book 10/10



Book Review: Oi Frog!

Kes Gray & Jim Field

Book reviewed by: Ms Barrett

What a funny book. I read this in the shop and it made me laugh so I bought it for my nephew. This book is full of words that rhyme with animals and some are very amusing. There are great illustrations too. I really liked the ending.

I would rate this book 9/10.