Reading Newsletter Eagle PrimarY school - jUNE 2019

I am pretty sure June qualifies as 'Summer', so this is the first of the Summer Reading Newsletters.

Y2 and Y6 have completed SATs and now can breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the learning of the rest of the school year and maybe sneak in some bonus reading!

I have been thoroughly engrossed in a series of Graphic Novels over the past few weeks that have been on my shelf for a really long time - I cannot believe that I haven't read them sooner. Better late than never!

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.

Thanks for reading!

Mr Watson

EY/KS1 Book of the Month

The Dark - Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen

A universal and empowering story about conquering your fears, from Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen.

Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo but mostly it spends its time in the basement. It doesn't visit Laszlo in his room. Until one night it does . . . Join Lazlo on his journey to meet the dark, and find out why it will never bother him again.

With emotional insight and poetic economy, two world-renowned talents of children's literature bring to light a powerful story about overcoming fears.

The originality of The Dark is breathtaking - The Times

A reassuring story for any children who may be afraid of the dark - Sunday Express

If ever there was a perfect creative pairing of words and pictures, surely this is it - Daily Mail

Thoughtful, perceptive and very reassuring - Parents In Touch

MR WATSON SAYS: I discovered this beauty in the library. A fab story looking at fear and dealing with it. Laszlo is every child who has ever worried about the dark, and here he learns how the dark can be more of a friend than an enemy.

LKS2 Book of the Month

Fortunately The Milk... - Neil Gaiman

You know what it's like when your mum goes away on a business trip and Dad's in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he's got to do. And the most important thing is DON'T FORGET TO GET THE MILK.

Unfortunately, Dad forgets. So the next morning, before breakfast, he has to go to the corner shop, and this is the story of why it takes him a very, very long time to get back.

Featuring: Professor Steg (a time-travelling dinosaur), some green globby things, the Queen of the Pirates, the famed jewel that is the Eye of Splod, some wumpires, and a perfectly normal but very important carton of milk.

The award-laden, bestselling Neil Gaiman, author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Stardust, Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book and Coraline, brings his biggest ever publishing year to a spectacular conclusion with this gloriously entertaining novel about time-travel, dinosaurs, milk and dads.

MR WATSON SAYS: I loved this book. Mind you, I love Neil Gaiman. This book is clever, funny, weird, ridiculous, nonsensical and utterly brilliant! Such a simple concept for a tale, taken and expanded into a hilarious yarn that will amuse and puzzle you all the way through. Pair that with Chris Riddell's fabulous illustrations and you have a classic.

UKS2 Book of the Month

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods - Samuel J. Halpin

"A thrilling read... flavoured with fairy tales, drizzled with a syrup of fear and sprinkled with heart." M.G. Leonard

This is the story of a sleepy town called Suds. A place where stories fill the air of children who keep turning grey and disappearing without a trace…

Poppy and Erasmus are certain there's something peculiar going on in Suds, and they're determined to unravel its secrets. But when they discover the answers might lie in the dark and twisting woods, can they find the courage to creep inside and solve this riddling mystery?

MR WATSON SAYS: This was a pot luck book - I liked the cover and took a chance. Perhaps because the main character was Poppy, my daughter's name and they share some characteristics... I don't know, but this is a really well set up story. It has some great twists and turns along the way; it takes you on a great journey scattering breadcrumbs along the way for you to pick up.

Author of the Month

Image & Bio from www.vashtihardy.com/about-the-author (Link Below)

Vashti Hardy

“I love tales of adventure and invention, and have always been fascinated by real life explorers and inventors from history. I love to get out and about in nature whenever I can, but most of the exploring and adventuring I do goes on in my imagination. My stories begin with a big ‘what if?’ and everything springs from there - I am definitely a world builder!” - Vashti

Books by Vashti Hardy

Vashti Hardy is a writer of children's books living near Brighton in Sussex with her husband and three teens. She was a primary school teacher for several years, and has a special interest in children’s writing, especially free-writing and the use of journals and creating fantasy worlds.

She has a first-class honours teaching degree with English specialism and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. After leaving teaching to focus more on her writing, she became a copywriter and digital marketing executive.

Vashti is an alumni member and writing buddy of The Golden Egg Academy and is represented by Kate Shaw of The Viney Shaw Agency, and her books BRIGHTSTORM and WILDSPARK are published in the UK by Scholastic.

MR WATSON SAYS: Class 3 had a great adventure in the Autumn exploring with Arthur and Maudie Brightstorm. Vashti was lovely commenting on the children's writing and even sharing a snippet of her new unpublished book - Wildspark. Well, now I am reading Wildspark - and so far... I love it. Brightstorm was my favourite read of 2018, and maybe, just maybe Wildspark can get the same praise for 2019... we shall see!

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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