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Two by Two and a half

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Two by Two and a half by David Melling, book reviewMiss Moo Hoo asks all the animals in her nursery class to find a partner and follow her to the woods for a walk. There is a problem, however, because there is an odd number of animals, which means Little Bat Jack doesn’t have a partner. Although he is the smallest animal, he is extremely brave and says he doesn’t mind. They sing as they head towards the woods.

Every so often, one of the animals thinks they can smell, hear, or see something. Miss Moo Hoo is afraid it might be a scary dragon or a tree-climbing lion, but each time it just turns out to be Little Bat Jack.


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Meerkat Mail

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Meerkat Mail, Emily Gravett, book reviewSunny the meerkat lives in the Kalahari Desert, and he does not appreciate the hot, dry weather there. His family’s motto is “Stay safe, stay together,” but Sunny sometimes feels his siblings are too close to him. He thinks there must be better places to live, so he leaves an explanatory note for his family and sets off to visit his mongoose cousins.

Sunny’s first stop is at Uncle Bob’s, where the African red hornbill warns the mongoose family if a jackal is lurking. Sunny feels that he doesn’t quite fit in there, so he drops in on his cousins Scratch and Mitch. Their family, however, is moving house, so Sunny visits some chickens on a farm.


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The Snagglegrollop

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The Snagglegrollop , Daniel Postgate, Illustrated by Nick Price, book reviewSam asks his parents if he can have a pet, but Dad thinks he would have to keep taking a dog for walks and Mum is afraid a cat will leave bits of fur all over the house. Sam asks if he can have a snagglegrollop; he tells his parents he made the name up, so they say he can have one.

The next day Sam’s Mum and Dad are amazed when Sam comes home with an enormous, weird-looking creature. He tells them it’s a snagglegrollop, so they have to let him keep it because they said he could have one. Dad stresses, however, that Sam will have to look after his new pet himself. This turns out to be quite a chore, what with bathing the snagglegrollop and drying its hair.

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Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire

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Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire - Francesca Simon, book reviewThe book is about Horrid Henry and his perfect brother ‘Perfect Peter’. Horrid Henry hates Perfect Peter. There are four stories in this book. The main characters are Horrid Henry, Perfect Peter, mum, dad, Moody Margaret and Miss Battle-Axe. I liked Horrid Henry because he is witty and hilarious.

My favourite part was when Horrid Henry tricked Miss Battle-Axe by showing her Peter’s story. I would recommend this book to boys and girls over four years old. I would recommend it because it is interesting and amusing. The message is ‘mischief can be funny but sometimes it is too much’.


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The Jungle Book

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The Jungle Book Kindle Edition, Rudyard Kipling, book reviewFor someone who loves India and has an interest nearing on obsession with the days of the Raj and the fight for Independence, I could be expected to have an opinion on Rudyard Kipling. Perhaps I do, but it’s one until now based on ignorance because I’d never read any of his books – the odd poem in school, but never an actual book.

Similarly it would seem fair to assume that anyone who has a black cat called Bagheera and a big grey cat called Baloo, must be a fan of the Kipling’s most famous book, The Jungle Book. Sadly I have to confess that despite choosing the ‘man cub’s two best buddies the panther and the bear as names for my kitty-boys, I’d never actually got round to reading the Jungle Book. Even more shamefully I would admit that I can merrily sing all the words to ‘The Bear Necessities’ and ‘I wanna be like you-hoo-hoo’. I am a victim of knowledge by Disneyfication.

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A Bit More Bert

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A Bit More Bert,  Allan Ahlberg, Illustrated by Raymond BriggsA picture book containing six chapters might sound rather too much for young children. But Allan Ahlberg and Raymond Briggs A Bit More Bert is full of illustrations and has just a little text on each page. The chapters have a title page and then another three pages, except for Chapter 5 which has seven pages. Each chapter is actually more like a mini story, so if a child has a very short attention span, you wouldn’t have to read the whole book at once. We read about Bert and his dog, who is also called Bert, we give Bert a haircut, and then we see how Bert is constantly nagged by his mother (named Grandma Bert).

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The BFG

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The BFG, Roald Dahl, book reviewThe BFG is short for the Big Friendly Giant. There were nine bad giants. Sophie lived with the BFG in the cave. The BFG and other nine giants lived in Giant Country. My favourite characters were the BFG and the Fleshlumpeater because they were funny.


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Mr. Gum and the Goblins

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Mr. Gum and the Goblins,  Andy Stanton, Illustrated by David TazzymanThe book is about Mr. Gum having a Goblin army and how he is trying to rule Lamonic Biber (the town). The main characters are Mr. Gum, Billy William the Third and Polly. My favourite character was Mr. Gum because he was funny.

My favourite part of the book was when the Goblins sang a really funny song. I liked the song because there was a burp solo in it. This book is similar to Mr. Gum and the Cherry Tree because there was another similar song in it.

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Thrilling Ride

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Mumbai Rollercoaster (Paperback) by  Rajorshi Chakraborti, book reviewIt goes up and down, hits the lows and then just when you think that it’s stopping it begins shooting up on the upward track. Rajorshi Chakorborti’s first young adults’ book, Mumbai Rollercoaster is set in the city in which he spent the formative years of his life. Of course, Mumbai has a lot going for it apart from this – the very size makes it a great sprawling landscape for cops and robbers chases. And it has an active underworld. According to Rajorshi, in Mumbai, ‘You get the feeling that at any moment, an adventure could begin’. There are streets to be explored on foot and on bicycle and interesting twists and turns of road. And this is the philosophy that he follows in his novel. With every chapter a new adventure begins.


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How Do Dinosaurs Learn Colours and Numbers?

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How Do Dinosaurs Learn Colours and Numbers? by  Jane Yolen, Illustrated by Mark Teague, book review“How Do Dinosaurs Learn Colours and Numbers?” is a picture book divided into two sections, predictably for numbers and colours. The first section covers all the primary and secondary colours plus brown and pink one at a time, as well as white and black together. It ends with a double-page spread on rainbows. The second section introduces the numbers one to ten in order and ends saying that the dinosaur will count again. It isn’t the most thrilling ending to a book.

Jane Yolen’s text for the book is in a very clear, large font on a white background; there is no problem reading it. Perhaps one of the book’s strongest points is that the text is in rhyming verse, for example:

“a purple towel
left on the floor,
a green sign taped
to the bedroom door.”

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Matilda

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Matilda (My Roald Dahl) , Roald Dahl, book reviewThe book is about Matilda. She learnt to read when she was three. When she was five she went to school. When she was in school she got a secret power.

My favourite characters were Miss Trunchbull, Matilda and Mr Woormword. My favourite part was when Matilda got her special power. I didn’t like when Mr Wormword ripped Matilda’s book.  I would recommend this book to children similar age as me because it’s quite a long book and small children can’t read it.


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Look Out, Stripy Horse

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Look Out, Stripy Horse! by Jim Helmore and Karen Wall, book reviewThe stripy horse and his friends live in a bric-a-brac shop, where magic is causing mayhem. Stripy horse is upside-down, Hermann the sausage-dog draught excluder is tied in a knot, someone has scribbled on Muriel the bird’s lampshade and Roly and Pitch, the salt and pepper pots, have been swapped around. Mortice, the lion-shaped lock from the wooden trunk, realises that the monkeys have escaped because the trunk wasn’t locked up. They have stolen his key and are causing havoc.

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