Reading Newsletter Eagle PrimarY school - February 2020

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!

After last month's bumper collection of award winning books, this month I am going back to a simple 3 recommendations for each phase and a 'special' mention for one particular author.

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.

Mr Watson

EY/KS1 Book of the Month

Jumanji - Chris van Allsburg

The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peter and Judy had at home. But they were bored and restless and, looking for something interesting to do, thought they'd give Jumanji a try. Little did they know when they unfolded its ordinary-looking playing board that they were about to be plunged into the most exciting and bizzare adventure of their lives.

Bestselling Polar Express creator and Caldecott Medal winning Chris Van Allsburg explores the ever-shifting line between fantasy and reality with this story about a game that comes startlingly to life.

MR WATSON SAYS: It is no secret that i love Chris van Allsberg's books. They are universally brilliant. This is the book that inspired the film, and the other films! It is fast paced, full of drama, surprises and scary moments... Once you start reading Jumanji - you cannot stop until you reach the end!

LKS2 Book of the Month

Podkin One-Ear - Kieran Larwood

A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills known as the Razorback Downs . . .

Podkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. He knows that one day it will be up to him to lead his warren and guard it in times of danger. But for now, he's quite happy to laze around annoying his older sister Paz, and playing with his baby brother Pook. Then Podkin's home is brutally attacked, and the young rabbits are forced to flee.

The terrifying Gorm are on the rampage, and no one and nowhere is safe. With danger all around them, Podkin must protect his family, uncover his destiny, and attempt to defeat the most horrifying enemy rabbitkind has ever known.

MR WATSON SAYS: What an amazing story - is it in the past? the future? another world? You decide because you will never quite know! It is simply a rip roaring adventure tale, with peril around every turn and a chance for Podkin to grow and mature as his tale of bravery and adventure is told... and told and told. Fantastic read, with equally good sequels to follow!

The Five Realms by Kieran Larwood

UKS2 Book of the Month

I, Cosmo - Carlie Sorosiak

The story of one dog's attempt to save his family, become a star, and eat a lot of bacon. Cosmo's family is falling apart. And it's up to Cosmo to keep them together. He knows exactly what to do. There's only one problem. Cosmo is a Golden Retriever.

Wise, funny, and filled with warmth and heart, this is Charlotte's Web meets Little Miss Sunshine - a moving, beautiful story, with a wonderfully unique hero, from an incredible new voice in middle grade fiction - perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead and Kate DiCamillo.

MR WATSON SAYS: Animal stories are not normally my thing, they simply don't usually appeal to me, but I had heard so much hype from friends that I had to give it a try. I barely put it down... hooked instantly and simply had to keep going. Cosmo has a really tough job on his hands trying to hold his family, his boy and his ambitions together. Carlie Sorosiak does a fabulous job of telling this tale through Cosmo's eyes and you do sometimes forgot he's a dog... until bacon happens!

Author of the Month


helena duggan

The 'Perfect' Series by Helena Duggan

Helena Duggan is from Kilkenny, a medieval, haunted city in the south of Ireland. She's pretty old, like 31 or something but her friends say she's never grown up, so like she's probably really only 13 in brain years. She writes stories for people her brain age and they are always full of adventure because she gets bored really easy.

She's also a graphic designer, that means she draws pictures for a living, she also colours the pictures in though so it's pretty tough work.

Lately, a lot of new things have happened in her life. She got a puppy – he limped out in front of her car one morning and she couldn't leave him behind. She married Robbie in her parents’ hay barn, and welcomed baby Jo, born just months before the launch of her book.

She's enjoying settling down with all these things and creating lots of new memories.

MR WATSON SAYS: I read A Place Called Perfect sometime ago and am now preparing myself to read the next two in the series! If you like a mystery, with a slightly creepy and sinister undertone then the 'Perfect' books might just be perfect for you. The story builds slowly and keeps throwing you clues, but never enough to give the plot away completely. It is a bit of a rollercoaster that you will, like me, find hard to put down.

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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Mike Watson


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