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Pittipat's Saucer of Moon
Geraldine McCaughrean

Hodder Children's Books

ISBN 9781444904666

Picture books by Geraldine McCaughrean are always a treat and guaranteed to offer children something a little different, and this picture book met all our expectations. The story is about a small kitten with big dreams who decides to follow his siblings who he believes have gone to the moon because it is 'a saucer of cream'. He has various adventures along the way before ending up where he wanted to be, on the moon. This story is suitable for Key Stage One children who would enjoy talking about the little kittens dreams and all the obstacles he overcomes in the story. The story is beautifully illustrated and demonstrates some great literary techniques. For example, the story could be used as an introduction to metaphors with older Key Stage One or Lower Key Stage Two children as the text refers to the moon as a 'saucer of cream'. The author also personifies both the moon and the dark; for example referring to how 'the Moon grew even paler with fright' and 'the Dark stood up....' These are great for younger, less experienced children to be exposed to and children may be able to demonstrate some of these techniques in their writing. Animals are usually an engaging factor with children in Key Stage One and my class were enthralled by the endearing illustrations of the kittens. It fitted in well with our Space theme this Half Term, as we have been looking at different planets and the First Moon Landing. Picture book format / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Catherine Langthorne, KS1 teacher

Pittipat's Saucer of Moon
How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth
Michelle Robinson

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9780857075796

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth is a warm and funny story about a small girl's attempts to wash her enormous woolly mammoth. It is told as a step-by-step guide through a series of textual instructions whose illustrations underscore the reality that washing a mammoth is never going to be an easy task.... The author Michelle Robinson has cited the internet story, 'how to give a cat a pill', as inspiration for her story, which also adopts a guide-like approach with increasingly unpredictable outcomes; although when your lead character is a woolly mammoth, nothing is going to be that predictable... Will it be a crane, or cake, that entices the mammoth into the bath? What happens when the mammoth decides to climb a tree? How useful are trampolines for getting mammoths out of trees? - just some of the unexpected scenarios readers will enjoy. Through the clever and entertaining illustrations by Kate Hindley, we see the girl's relationship with the mammoth as a patient and kindly one - despite all mammoth's attempts to evade the bath she perseveres and, eventually, succeeds in delivering a clean and happy mammoth. This is a strong story to share at Reception, encouraging children to understand the interplay between the words and the pictures, while at KS1 the book can inspire children to explore written instructions, for example recipes or building a toy model. Children could discuss or write their own 'step by step' guide to having a bath or making a cake etc and have fun suggesting what the actual outcomes could be.... Picture book format / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by ReadingZone

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth
The Toucan Brothers
Tor Freeman

Macmillan Children's Books

ISBN 9781447218630

The author was the winner of the last Maurice Sendak fellowship and has a very distinctive style. Her anthropomorphic animals are instantly recognisable, quirky and expressive and the incredibly well detailed small town settings are used to brilliant effect in this rollicking rhyming story of the plumbing brothers whose livelihood is threatened by Flash Rover - the dog who steals all their customers with his cheap prices and flashy gimmicks. But when one after another of his shoddy repairs fail and the town could drown, needless to say Sammy and Paul spring to the rescue and the townsfolk learn to value loyalty and honesty above all. The text is a joy to read, full of punning humour with a rhyme that never falters and there is so much visual humour to appreciate in the colourful and characterful pages. Adults may have to explain just why it is so funny that Flash Rover is dressed as a cowboy, but even non readers will be able to tell the story for themselves and enjoy the visual jokes. The book is obviously perfectly suited to People Who Help Us projects, but will mainly just be enjoyed for its exuberant language and humour. The author has published a great downloadable worksheet where plumber-to-be can solve the puzzle and help the brothers turn off the right tap! http://tormalore.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/toucans-pipesheet.html Picture book format / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Joy Court, SLS librarian

The Toucan Brothers
Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes: Split-Page Book
Hilary Robinson

Hodder Children's Books

ISBN 9781444904642

Following on from Mixed Up Fairy Tales comes Mixed up Nursery Rhymes, a book of nursery rhymes like no other. Each page of nursery rhymes is split into three sections so it is possible for readers to mix up different Nursery Rhymes; the outcome of this can be very humorous nonsense, for example when Jack and Jill sit in a corner, eating a Christmas pie they pull out a night gown. The book is appropriate for children in Reception, but will be more enjoyable for children who have previously had some understanding of Nursery Rhymes so it is perfect for children in Key Stage One. This is a fun and enjoyable book which would probably be best enjoyed with a small group or by independent readers. Children love playing with the book and changing the next part of the sentence and this also supports young children's comprehension and understanding of what a sentence should be made up of. It has also been enjoyed by some of my class during reading buddies, when children from Key Stage 2 come and share a book with their buddy in KS1. Picture book format / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Catherine Langthorne (KS1 teacher)

Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes: Split-Page Book
Yucky Mucky Manners
Sam Lloyd

Orchard Books

ISBN 9781846169489

This vibrant, colourful rhyming story is perfect for children in Key Stage One but is also appropriate for children in Reception. The story looks at different animals and comments on their rude and somewhat undesirable habits. I have found this book useful to read to my new Year 1 class (currently Reception) at their 'Meet the Teacher' transition to Year 1. It was really good to illicit a discussion about behaviour and rules and sanctions in Year 1. We discussed things like the parrot who wouldn't stop talking over others and how that would be annoying in class. The children were then able to come up with suggestions to solve this issue in our class rules in September e.g. put your hand up when you want to talk. Picture book format / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Catherine Langthorne, KS1 teacher

Yucky Mucky Manners

ISBN 9780857550835

Publisher Jonathan Cape has created a delux edition of this classic picture book by John Burningham, some 50 years after it was first published - you might find you want to keep this version for your own personal library.... Borka, 'the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers' takes the theme of the Ugly Duckling and gives it a twist. Borka is indeed a goose but is born without any feathers. When she is teased because of this, she hides away and doesn't learn to fly and to swim with the other young geese and is left behind as the migration gets underway. Eventually, however, Borka finds herself at Kew Park where there are many different kinds of geese and she is welcomed, despite her differences. Borka's story helps us learn the value of kindness and to accept differences but children will also enjoy the visual wonder of Borka's story, from moments like the geese taking flight to the wintery landscapes and glimpses of life on board a cosy boat. This story really is a treat to share and to revisit. Picture book format / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by ReadingZone

Early Reader: Cudweed's Time Machine
Marcus Sedgwick

Orion Children's Books

ISBN 9781444004847

Orion Books' Early Reader series, featuring blue titles that are perfect for reading and sharing together and red titles promoting the start of independent reading, has attracted some well-known authors and some great stories have resulted. Junior and teen readers will be familiar with the strange and creepy novels penned by Marcus Sedgwick, now it is the turn of the younger reader to benefit. Sedgwick has drawn on the family he created for the Raven Mysteries series for this Early Reader title, focusing on the character Cudweed, as well as his sister Solstice and his pet monkey, Fellah. Cudweed's Time Machine finds him test driving, without permission I must add, his inventor father's time machine! Of course doing anything without permission is exciting and daring but using a time machine? Well it just spells trouble with a capital T! For Cudweed and Fellah who just want to travel to teatime, there are Roman soldiers, pirates and more to escape from before they can even try to make sure they are home in time for chocolate cake - will they manage to make the time machine work or will they be stranded without cake? A hilarious story with short, snappy sentences and chapters that are perfect for emerging readers. Colourful and bright illustration help the imagination and develops the understanding. An all-round great book, highly recommended for all fans of the odd and exciting! 80 pages / Newly independent reader, ages 6+/7+ / Reviewed by Louise Ellis-Barrett, school librarian

Early Reader: Cudweed's Time Machine