The Girl Who Drank the Moon #BookReview

Book: The Girl Who Drank the MoonAuthor: Kelly Barnhill This is the story of a town, a cursed town. On its outskirts lies a greater forest. In this forest lives a wicked old witch. The witch demands sacrifice and so each year an infant is taken away by the town elders and left in the …

The World’s Worst Children 3 #Review

Book Title: The World's Worst Children 3Author: David Walliams Here is a book that’s quintessentially David Walliams. What? Haven’t read Walliams yet? Well then, this is a good place to start. The World’s Worst Children 3, is the third book (obviously!) in this series of the terriblest children you’re ever going to meet. There are …

What’s the deal with Walliams, Allen and the like?

Some of my favourite childhood buddies lived up among the dense branches of a tree that went Wisha Wisha Wisha. Silky, Moonface, the Saucepanman and Dame Washalot. Eager to have the kids befriend them too I picked up this book at the Landmark store. Once I brought it home, however, I realised it wasn’t an Enid …

Wonder – A Review

Wonder by RJ Palacio Let me begin with a warning - this is going to be a rather long post (by my standards).The book more than deserves it. This one came highly recommended. It has won several awards too and I’d planned to read it with the kids. One chapter down the line I decided I couldn’t …

Books, movies and I

Is there anything more satisfying than bullying a bully? For that pleasure alone, if I had to choose a film character to play, I would pick Matilda Wormwood from Matilda. You know her, right? From Roald Dahl’s novel, if not from the film of the same name? I fell in love with the idea of this little …

Go Read a Book

As I pack a gift for your friend’s birthday I hear you groan, “A book, again?” I hear it, though you think you're being discreet, trying to spare my feelings. And yes, it’s going to be a book every time. When you come to me and say. ‘I’m bored,’ I know you have your eye on the iPad. …

The Reader

Craft class was in progress. Forty girls sat on either side of a long table bent diligently over their embroidery frames. At the head of the table sat Ms Mathew, The Dragon. That's what the students called her, for she breathed fire at the littlest opportunity. Did I say 40? Well, I meant 39, for the …

Yertle the Turtle

Do you know Yertle the Turtle? That self-centred turtle who made his throne out of his fellowmen.. err fellow turtles? If you don't, well here's his story: Yertle was the king of turtles, king of all he could see. One day he decided that from his seat on a stone he couldn't see too much hence his kingdom was too …

Making a Case for the Grinch

All the maudlin love that’s been on this blog for the past two weeks would have made this week’s character wrinkle his much wrinkled and very green nose in disgust. He would probably have dunked a big bucket of gunk on Elizabeth and Darcy for good measure. Ladies and gentlemen! Presenting ….. The Grinch from How The Grinch …

Ms Daisy is Crazy (My Weird School series) – A review

Miss Daisy is Crazy (My Weird School) Dan Gutman A teacher who doesn't know how to spell and read, or add and subtract. Weird, isn't it? Well it should be, since this is the first book of the 'My Weird School' series by Dan Gutman. Miss Daisy takes second grade by surprise when on the first day …

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