The Antlered Ship: A Voyage Into Whole Class Reading

This year, in June and July, my final six whole class reading sessions with my Year 2 class focused on a profoundly moving, exciting picture book called ‘The Antlered Ship’, written by Dashka Slater and illustrated by The Fan Brothers. It’s published by Beach Lane Books. I had read Rob Smith’s review and blog about…

Book Review: On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah and Benji Davies

Synopsis: Birt and Etho spend their days playing on Sudden Hill. They use their cardboard boxes to imagine different worlds – they fight dragons, journey into space and dance on top of skyscrapers. But one day, Shu arrives. He has finally plucked up the courage to ask them if he can join in too. The three…

Book Review: Prince Cinders by Babette Cole

Synopsis: Poor, poor Prince Cinders! Not only is he spotty and skinny, but he’s also  forced to cook, clean, mop, sew and tidy up after his awful, hairy, horrible brothers. One night, a dirty fairy falls down his chimney and grants him a wish. What could possibly go wrong? Themes: Fairy tales, bullying, dreams, magic. Why you…

Book Review: Stanley’s Stick by John Hegley and Neal Layton

Watch Simon Pegg read Stanley’s Stick here! Synopsis: Stanley takes his special stick everywhere with him. It can be anything he desires: a banana, a dinosaur and even a rocket. Themes: Creativity, imagination, the outdoors, play. Why you should read it: A touching, lyrical, spirited story about creativity and imagination. It’s quirky, funny and inspiring. Cross-curricular links: Forest Schools…

Book Review: Fergal is Fuming by Robert Starling

Synopsis: Fergal has a fiery temper that is always getting him in trouble! This isn’t good, especially as Fergal is a dragon! He just cannot seem to control his angry outbursts and soon everyone is ignoring him. Luckily, Mum is there to offer advice and support, help Fergal control his emotions and win back his friends….

Book Review: Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival

Synopsis: Ruby loves being Ruby! She is an enthusiastic, happy child who loves swinging, play and exploring. However, one day she discovers a Worry. A yellow, menacing creature that just won’t go away. Ruby tries to ignore it but it gets bigger and bigger. Will she ever be happy and carefree again? Themes: Worries, anxiety, the…

Book Review: The 1000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford

Synopsis: Alfie is 1000 years old. He has seen Viking invasions, watched Shakespeare’s plays and experienced the horror of the Second World War. When a tragic fire occurs, Alfie must find a new way of living. With his new friends Aidan and Roxy, he sets out on an epic adventure to find a way to reverse…