The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart

The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart

By Author / Illustrator

Vivian French, Nigel Baines



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Barrington Stoke Ltd




Paperback / softback




Vivian French MBE explores some of the fibs we tell children and children tell us about reading and books in a fun picture book illustrated by Nigel Baines. From excuses like 'I haven't got time to read' to misconceptions about those who struggle with reading, The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart (and other grumbles) turns negatives on their head and celebrates the right we all have to access story, and the wonders of the printed page.



Vivian French has created another super book about the commonly mentioned issues when asking children to read. All the usual excuses about not reading are addressed in this book with lots of real reasons why they are not true. I love how each page of the book begins with a statement grumble from a child about why they can't or don't like reading. It is then followed by a diverse rage of responses from all sorts of people contradicting the idea. Responses come from old, young, animal, superhero, and many diverse groups throughout society. I think this book is a must for every school library and could be used as a great stimulus to promote good reading behaviours across the school. It could be used with parents, too, as sometimes it can be difficult to engage parents with reading. Sharing this book with parents and children together could be very powerful and create lots of different stimuli to engage children with reading. I would like to use the statements in the book with children in school and see what suggestions they come up with to counter that opinion and put a positive spin on reading. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to parents, teacher and children alike. Picture book / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Marie Berry, teacher.

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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