Welcome back to another ‘What we are Reading’ update. You have probably already guessed that as a family of 6 we always have a good collection of books and firm favourites each week. We are pleased with how Finlay and Daisy have really enjoyed reviewing their own books on here and putting their comprehension skills to the test. I’m also really pleased that they have come to realise that they enjoy a wider genre of reading matter then they had previously thought. So here we are, me and my mini books reviewers to share with you some of our May and June favourite reads with you.
Books marked with a * have been chosen by us and then gifted in exchange for an honest review.
Book review by Daisy stein age 10
I chose this book as the illustrations were eye catching and I really wanted a change from reading a fictional chapter book. First off, I think the easy to use content page is very useful, as you can find pages of the text you would most be interested in reading. There were two topics that straight away were of keen interest to me. ‘Discipline’ and ‘health & medicine’. This book tells a story about what it is like to grow up in ancient Egypt. This is no boring and ordinary reference book, This book is great, gross and full of entertaining drawings. For example I would rather have calpol than cow-poo-col wouldn’t you? As well as all the intriguing facts such as how would you like your daily dunk being swimming in a river with crocs and giant man eating hippos? Or would you enjoy walking your pet lion? Well you too can learn all about that in this wonderful book. So if you still think you’ve got it bad after reading this book than try living like a Egyptian, because I bet you won’t survive a day! I would aim this book at 7 to 11 year olds.
Mummy’s (Team Stein Mummy not Egyptian Mummy!) words – Daisy really did enjoy chilling out and giggling away to this book over half term and I feel that she gained some fun educational facts and a good insight to ancient Egypt at the same time. Daisy has also enjoyed starting the Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton. After trying to encourage her into these books, she happened off her own back to pick one up and is enjoying it so far.
Finlay Stein (13)
This fiction book is a new adventure series, the reader gets to join the 4 cousins and a dog on holiday at their Grandparents cottage in a small village surrounded by woods, moors and wild beaches. The cousins initially find it hard to get along, being thrown together with only their bikes and the countryside to entertain them. They soon enjoy their new freedom and with the exciting anticipation that they have uncovered one of the biggest jewel heist gangs of our time. The unsuspecting children soon cleverly follow and unfold the truth about the the ugly gang and the children are always one step ahead of the police.
I found this the perfect Summer holiday read and I look forward to reading more from the Clifftoppers when I go camping this year. I especially identified myself in Josh, as he is adventurous and rushing ahead top speed on his bike giving the others blisters to keep up! I also found this book reminding me of an Enid Blyton style adventure, for me it was a more relatable modern version. I would advise that readers of age 8 plus would enjoy and inspire them to get adventuring this Summer!
Finlay Stein (13)
At first glance I was intrigued to find out more, from the simple yet intricate illustrated front cover and secretive book synopsis on the back cover. I have never read a book like this before, I struggled to put it down at night as it is so unique. Magically written without any real magic we get to know Maggie the middler (the middle child) struggling to find out the truth behind a quiet war and what they have all been led to believe amongst their township. The town called Fenniswick has sibling terms of eldest, middler and youngest. The eldest get all the glory and are hero worshipped amongst town folk for what they are born to do, in fighting the quiet war. The youngests and especially the middlers are usually invisible and their voices aren’t heard. Maggie sets out to be different from the average middler. She stumbles upon a wanderer on the boundary of this oppressive town and this makes her question everything she has ever known. This book keeps you guessing and the twist in the plot makes this intriguing tale one of a kind. I found this book got me feeling empathy for Maggie and other characters and also got me thinking about how this story could relate to political, country and human struggles our world is or could soon be facing. It has challenged the way I could view leaders of our world to behave. I also drew similarities on what a post apocalyptic environment would be like. I give a huge thanks to Kirsty Applebaum for creating this book that I wouldn’t usually choose as it has become one of my greatest reads so far.
Mummy’s Words Finlay has thoroughly enjoyed reading books that usually he wouldn’t class as his genre of interest. I’m so pleased that the Middler has evoked such an impact on him. The Clifftoppers has been a light hearted adventurous holiday read for him and I’m pleased that he would like to continue this series in the Summer holidays. He is also enjoying reading his latest Alex Ryder story.
A sweet toddler board book about Ludo the cat who is eager to get his friends out of the house to come and play outside. Florence really loves studying the pictures and lifting the easy to turn flaps on this book. I have found her several times lying on the sofa chatting about the animals and what they’re doing in their home. I particularly like the detailing in the illustrations as they are so homely; full of plants, baking, messy activities, gardening and cozy home time. I feel that this book really depicts how Florence spends her time at home and then at the end there is a lovely message to getting outdoors with friends. A special little board book to share with your little one.
50 Things to do before you’re 5 3/4- Egmont Publishing
Similar to the National Trust and their list of things to do before you’re 11 3/4 this one is for under 6s. This book is packed full of Christopher Robin and his cuddly gang’s adventures for you to do at home and outdoors. With some great art ideas such as making a kite, forest bottles and tree monsters to stargazing, making a sun dial, cloud shapes and building nests. It to me is your early years of childhood summed up in an activity book with the well known illustrations and language of our much loved Pooh Bear.
For young budding scientists, this chapter book encourages readers to keep asking questions on how things work. Rosie Revere’s Uncle Ned gets caught in a mid air predicament wearing helium pantaloons. Ada, the main character of the book, uses her scientific knowledge to get him down with the help of her friends. Armed with her trusty notebook she shares with the reader her experiments and hypotheses in an easy to understand format of doodling illustrations and explanations, all the time having to bear in mind that she doesn’t annoy her own family (in particular her older brother). This book is full of facts, doodles and scientific questioning. If you have young children around 6 plus who are developing a thirst for STEM knowledge then this is a suitable read for them.
Teddy is also currently enjoying listening to Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. Florence a keen nature toddler is also enjoying sharing the Percy the Park keeper series at bedtime.
We would love to hear from you on what books your family are enjoying reading and sharing together. I really could talk about children’s book titles for hours!