It is May, we are almost at the halfway point in 2019!
It is the beginning of the Summer Term, hopefully the beginning of some better weather and a chance to get some reading done in the sunshine.
This month's Eagle Primary Reading Newsletter has a selection of books that I read during the Easter break (3 of the 12 I managed to get through!)
I try to maintain a variety over the months and share books that have a range of appeal, keeping the types of stories as fresh as I can. As you know, I take great pleasure sharing my passion for reading with you.
If you have any feedback for me, I would appreciate it - anything that can improve this resource for you all.
Thanks for reading!
EY/KS1 Book of the Month
This is a picture book to help children understand the concept of big numbers.
Pipkin the smallest penguin is always asking questions, but what he wants to know most of all is how big is a million?
So he sets off to find out, and along the way meets a hundred penguins, sees a thousand snowflakes and meets one new friend before being amazed to finally find out how big a million really is.
A special fold-out poster at the end of the book shows Pipkin looking at the sky, which is printed with exactly one million stars. It is gorgeously illustrated by Serena Riglietti.
MR WATSON SAYS: You know how children ask those really awkward BIG questions? How many stars are there? How big is the moon? Can I have another bag of crisps?
OK, perhaps not the last one!
But, this gorgeous picture book is wonderful for helping younger children visualise bigger and bigger numbers. How easy is it to say to anyone... "This is One Million"?
Let Pipkin help you do it - Oh, and he is really cute too!
LKS2 Book of the Month
In a world of dragons, song spells, pipers and battles...
Patch Brightwater is a boy in disgrace. Thrown in jail for playing a forbidden spell, he is no one's idea of a hero. But then he discovers a deadly truth - the evil Piper of Hamelyn is on the loose.
With the help of Wren, a girl cursed to live as a rat, and Barver, a fire-breathing dracogriff, Patch must stop the Piper sparking the biggest battle of them all.
Three accidental heroes versus one legendary villain... an epic adventure is born.
MR WATSON SAYS: A friend of mine strongly recommended I read this, and she was right. This is my favourite read of 2019 so far. It takes the story of The Pied Piper of Hamelyn and flips it into places you really don't expect. Well written with fantastic characters and action. Honestly, I couldn't put it down!
UKS2 Book of the Month
This is a powerful and timely story about one boy's epic journey across Africa to Europe, a graphic novel for all children with glorious colour artwork throughout. From Eoin Colfer, previously Irish Children's Laureate, and the team behind his bestselling Artemis Fowl graphic novels.
His sister left months ago. Now his brother has disappeared too, and Ebo knows it can only be to make the hazardous journey to Europe.
Ebo's epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his sister.
*Winner of the Judges' Special Award at the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards*
'Beautifully realised and punchily told.' Alex O'Connell, The Times Children's Book of the Week
'A powerful, compelling work, evocatively illustrated ... It would take a hard heart not to be moved by this book.' Financial Times
MR WATSON SAYS: A timely story indeed. Ebo, is an example of the growing number of children trying to flee from their homes and make perilous journeys to Europe from Africa. Colfer and Donkin tale his tale skillfully and emotively, it is a tough read in places and there are some difficult moments - but they reflect the truth of the plight of migrants and refugees. The nature of the book, a graphic novel, helps the visualization of the story. Perhaps a story that would be best shared with an adult - even for older children.
Author of the Month
Biography from Flying Eye Books (See Link Below)
Joe Todd-Stanton grew up in Brighton and studied at UWE Bristol, receiving a first class degree in Illustration. Joe has been commissioned to work for clients such as Oxford University Press, Usborne Publishing and Aquila magazine.
What inspires your work?
I normally find inspiration through reading or conversations. It’s rare that I get a fully-formed image in my mind but I will read about something strange that interests me and I will research it to see if anything grabs my attention. Normally by the time I have finished the work it has complete changed from the thing that influenced it but I think that is what makes it interesting.
Tell us a bit about your process…
I try and keep plenty of sketch books and fill them up with weird characters and life drawings so when it comes to making an actual piece of work or commission I already should have a few relevant drawings and I’m not just starting from scratch. Once I have a finished drawing I use Photoshop to colour and tweak things around.
MR WATSON SAYS: I am a HUGE fan of Joe's books. I own them all! I was lucky to recieve and read A Mouse Called Julian before it's release last month. They combine intelligent storytelling, with magical illustrations, intriguing characters and that little bit of wonder that every good book needs. He is brilliant - if you haven't already, you should check him out!
Created with an image by Jonas Jacobsson - "untitled image" Book synopsis and author biography from Amazon.co.uk