Reading Newsletter Eagle PrimarY school - February 2019

Welcome to the Eagle Primary Reading Newsletter for February.

I do hope that you are finding these little insights interesting and useful. I really enjoy taking the opportunity to share some ideas with you about the wonderful world of children's literature; the amazing books and authors that are out there.

It doesn't feel like January's newsletter was so long ago - although I have had to buy a new bookcase since then, and immediately filled it! The comfort for me, is that it looks really nice!

For this month, I want to share some special books with you - Graphic Novels. A graphic novel is a book made up of content that includes comics and storytelling through narrative texts and detailed illustration. It is not quite the same as a "comic", which is generally used for serialised illustrated comics. So, I hope that there is something that can be discovered that you can enjoy!

Whether you share the books with your children or if you encourage them to read them for themselves, it doesn't matter. I would simply like to see children get the opportunity to develop the breadth and depth of books that they have access to.

You can use the 'Book Sorter' activity to look at some different book reviews and choices if you don't know what to choose.

Click the button above to try it out...

All of the books in the Book Sorter have been added by children. Now you can find out what other children have recommended. Just click on the coloured boxes and drag your choices into the Book Sorter.

Mr Watson

EY-Y1 Book of the Month

Akissi: Tales of Mischief - Marguerite Abouet

The three volumes of the Akissi series by critically acclaimed author Marguerite Abouet are collected in this first English edition.

Poor Akissi! The neighbourhood cats are trying to steal her fish, her little monkey Boubou almost ends up in a frying pan and she's nothing but a pest to her older brother Fofana...

But Akissi is a true adventurer full of silliness and mischief, and nothing will scare her for long!

MR WATSON SAYS: The Akissi stories are a simple introduction into a graphic novel format - interesting characters and funny story lines allow for brilliant storytelling opportunities. Definitely stories to make you laugh and smile - but often with an important lesson for Akissi (and you) to learn.

Y2-Y3 Book of the Month

Fungus the Bogeyman - Raymond Briggs

Life in Bogeydom is full of snot, smells, slime, scum and other unspeakable things, and Bogeymen live under the ground revelling in all the nastiness imaginable.

Briggs has created a whole new world in this sophisticated cartoon-strip picture book for children which will entice the most reluctant of readers into books.

MR WATSON SAYS: I grew up with this book (yes, it is THAT old!) If you like your stories full of all things grim, gruesome, grotty and grimy... you need this book! Find out where the bogeymen go in the day and how they prepare to scare you at night - perhaps though there is something more endearing than you think about your average Bogeyman and family.

Y4-Y6 Book of the Month

Hilda & the Hidden People - Luke Pearson & Stephen Davies

Introducing the novel based on the Netflix animated series, Hilda, which came to our screens in Autumn 2018.

Hilda started her life in beautiful picture books about her life and adventures in the Nordic landscape.

Join her as she encounters her very first troll, negotiates peace with some very persnickety elves, and reunites two lovelorn ancient giants.

Fantastic creatures and daring adventures are all just part of another average day for Hilda... but what will she do if she is forced to move to Trolberg city, far away from her beloved valley home?

MR WATSON SAYS: I have always been a big Hilda fan - a smart, funny and determined character who stands up for what she believes and what is right. OK, so this book isn't a truly graphic novel but it fits loosely into the category. This book isn't the most challenging of reads, but will be one that you find yourself wanting to read again.

Oh, and the sequel was released on New Year's Day - so you get two reads for the recommendation of one!

Author of the Month

Guy Bass

Books by Guy Bass

Guy is an award-winning author, whose children's books series include Stitch Head, Spynosaur The Legend of Frog, Dinkin Dings and Atomic!

In 2010 Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things won the Blue Peter Award for Most Fun Book with Pictures.

Guy's has also written plays for both adults and children. He has previously been a theatre producer, illustrator, gerbil whisperer and has acted his way out of several paper bags. Guy's work has been translated into more than ten languages.

Guy lives in London with his wife and no dog - yet.

MR WATSON SAYS: I was introduced to Guy's books a couple of years ago in a conversation on social media. The Atomic series was suggested and were so good I read them both as class stories. They are fantastic fun and good stories, that address the questions:

What if your Dad is a Superhero?

What if you had superpowers to?

What if your Mum is a powerful Supervillian?

What if Dad won't let you help because might be in danger?

Guy Bass is a really good gateway author. His books give a great way into this type of story and style of book, which can become a really fun way to read.

Great stories that mix text and comic sections brilliantly... if you like superheroes, you could read them with James Bishop's Iguana Boy stories.

Your Recommendations...

What book adventures have you been on?

Of course this Newsletter shouldn't be just about my choices.

I would love to hear recommendations from you too.

If you have read and enjoyed a book and think that someone else might enjoy it too, then share the name of the book and author with me, along with a brief summary of the plot and why you think someone else would enjoy the book.

Share the love of books.

You can E-mail your ideas, recommendations and reviews to: mike.watson@eagle.lincs.sch.uk

Remember as always, reading is a beautifully subjective thing... if you don't like a book, think about why before giving up.

Might it be worth another chapter?

Do you understand what is happening?

Use these thoughts to shape your future choices.

Mr Watson

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Created with images by Jonas Jacobsson - "untitled image" Book synopsis and author biography from Amazon.co.uk

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