Written by the much-loved Julia Donaldson this is a charming story about the adventures of five paper dolls, created by a little girl and her nice mother. The dolls dance, jump, sing and escape the clutches of various predators including a dinosaur, a tiger and a crocodile. But unfortunately a cheeky little boy manages to snip them into pieces...except the dolls survive in the little girl's memory. while the little girl grows into a mother who helps her own little girl make some paper dolls.
Monday, 25 November 2013
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Set in Dull-on-Sea (twinned with Ennui-sur-Mer!), bored Matilda is beside herself with excitement when a pirate boy moves in next door with the rest of his pirate family - the Jolley-Rogers - and their pirate ship. But her mum and dad aren't so impressed, and neither are the rest of the neighbourhood. It turns out the residents of Dull-on-Sea harbour a bunch of bigoted views about the newcomers:
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013
I loved Hallowe'en when I was a child. Dressing up, bobbing for apples, knocking on the neighbours' doors asking for a penny or a sweet (old fashioned trick or treating!), it was all great fun. But strangely I don't particularly remember Hallowe'en books. I wonder if that's a new thing, tied into the so-called commercialisation of this ancient pagan festival? Whatever, if a spooky book inspires a few more kids to read then it's got to be a good thing. Here are some spooktacular picture books that we've been enjoying in the Bookaholic house recently:
Monday, 21 October 2013
As I found out from my recent visit to the New York Public Library, there was a big controversy in the 50s when Life magazine concluded that children weren't learning to read because their books were boring and this subsequently inspired Dr Seuss's famous The Cat in the Hat book. It was deliberately designed to be imaginative, have fantastic rhythm and rhyme and still be read by beginning readers. I hope that as S progresses through her learning to read journey she encounters a good range of interesting books at school as well as at home.
What are other people's experiences of learning to read in Reception/P1? Is is too much to expect that the process of learning to decode text can also be wrapped up in an interesting story?
Sunday, 20 October 2013
The baking frenzy currently sweeping the nation care of the Great British Bake-Off has hit the Bookaholic household and inspired me to crack out the caster sugar, crank up the Kitchen Aid and bake a batch of cupcakes!
Monday, 14 October 2013
The amazing illustrations, the quirky story, the underlying message that isn't about morals, the end papers, the hardback cover and even the scent of the paper ( one of the million reasons ebooks will/should never triumph!) ... There is so much to love about this book.
Mr Tiger lives in a drab, grey, urban world where all the animals are upright, clothed and 'proper'. But Mr Tiger is bored of being proper. He wants to loosen up, have fun and be ... wild! He starts off with little changes like walking on all fours but he becomes wilder and wilder every day until he goes too far for the other animals and is banished to the wilderness. At first he loves it there but soon starts to miss the city and his friends so he goes home. But to his delight things have changed and Mr Tiger and all the other animals feel free to be themselves.
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
But imagine my joy when I went to the library and found there was an exhibition on children's books!! The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter captivated me for a good 90 minutes. So much so that I didn't even have time to go into the actual library! Maybe next time...