The Bolds by Julian Clary

The Bolds by Julian Clary is based on the premise that animals are actually much more intelligent than us humans give them credit for, which let’s face it, is most probably true. I was really attracted to the look of this book, the style of the illustrator is pretty unique and more detailed than illustrations I…

If you go down to the library today…

This year, I have been asked to be in charge of the library at my school. Over the summer holidays I have had lots of ideas for themes, interactive displays and ways to get all children into reading a range of texts. This first term, it made sense to have a Roald Dahl theme as…

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

I became interested in this book when seeing that Netflix had made a film version and it had got some really good reviews. I watched the advert to see what the big deal was about and instantly knew that I would watch the whole film. And that’s what I ended up doing. Twice. Before I…

Roald Dahl Day!

Today would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! At school, we celebrated in style, dressing as our favourite characters from his books. I was impressed at the time and effort spent in many of the costumes that the children came in – the teachers too! I was very excited to get all dressed up and…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

At the weekend, I went to go and see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It was, quite frankly, one of the most magical and exciting days of my life. Both part one and two were absolutely stunning. It was amazing to see the play script come to life, to get to know new characters…

Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Written in 1865, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland started a new era of children’s books and is the epitome of a children’s classic. I’d only ever watched the animated Disney film, so when I saw that it was free to listen to on Librivox, I downloaded it and listened whilst waking to and from town at the weekends….

Magyk by Angie Sage

If you have been reading my blog over the last few months, you will know that I am a fan of fantasy fiction. I loved immersing myself in The Ranger’s Apprentice,  a book recommended to me by a school governor. In response to my love of that book, the govenor’s daughter, Hannah, suggested that I…

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

One of my closest friends, Nicki, asked me to do a reading at her wedding. I was really chuffed and honoured when she asked me and of course I accepted! There was another reading during the ceremony, an extract from The Velveteen Rabbit, written by American author Margery Williams in 1922. It was a beautiful excerpt describing…

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Whilst feasting on a mass of Sushi in Spokane, I had a great chat with my husband’s cousin, Sabby, about what books she has enjoyed reading recently. I wondered if there were any American authors I was missing out on. As a leaving gift to say thank you for hosting us on part of our…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II

Being a Harry Potter fan, I was a bit apprehensive when I found out that Harry’s tale would be continued. I was anxious as I didn’t want the magical world I had grown up in to change when this new work by JK and co. came out. I was concerned for them, knowing that some die…

Back from America!

After being away for three action packed weeks in America, I am now finally home. I had an amazing time travelling down the western side of the US, visiting the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and California. There was so much to do and see, but I won’t bore you with my holiday photos……