November 2014 – The Magic Faraway Tree

fatreeThis month’s recommended read is ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’, by the well-known author Enid Blyton. Meena Danishmal in Year 6, who is currently reading the trilogy, which includes ‘The Enchanted Wood’ and ‘The Folk of the Faraway Tree’, recommended this book. Meena is part of our KS2 book club.
This book is also Miss Jones’ and Mrs Parrish’s favourite children’s book. Enid Blyton has written many other childhood novels including ‘The Famous Five’.

Here is a blurb for our recommended read:

‘Jo, Bessie and Fanny take their cousin Rick on an adventure he’ll never forget to the magic Faraway Tree, where he meets Moon-Face, Silky the fairy and Saucepan Man, and visits all the different lands at the top of the Faraway Tree. Like the Land of Spells, the crazy Land of Topsy-Turvy, and the land of Do-As-You-Please, where the children ride a runaway train!’

Which land would you like to visit?

October 2014 – Goodnight Mister Tom

goodnightmrtomThis term, Year 6 are reading the text, ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’. Goodnight Mister Tom is a children’s novel by the English author Michelle Magorian, published in 1981. It is set in mostly rural England during World War II.

Here is the blurb:
Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War.
A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley – but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London . . .

Winner of the Guardian children’s fiction prize.

Why don’t you read it and find out if Willie Beech found happiness again in the end?

September 2014 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie_and_The_Chocolate_FactoryOn 13th September, schools across the globe celebrated ‘Roald Dahl Day’, in memory of the wonderful Welsh author. Therefore, this month’s recommended read is the creative and imaginative, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of this book and it has now been turned into a musical at Theatre Royal on Druiry Lane in London! This year, the children took part in a live broadcast on Roald Dahl Day, which included a discussion with author Michael Rosen, and they sketched Willy Wonka along with illustrator Quentin Blake.

Here is the blurb:

Charlie Bucket loves chocolate – and Mr. Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, is opening the gates of his amazing chocolate factory to five lucky children. It’s the prize of a lifetime and all you have to do is find one of the five Golden Tickets. Charlie is the last lucky winner to join Willy Wonka in a tour of his factory – where some amazing surprises, both good and bad, await the children.

July 2014 – Frankie’s Magic Football

Frankies-Magic-FootballThis book by Frank Lampard should encourage even the most reluctant readers to read. Frankie and his friends and their dog, Max, are magic-ed to Brazil where they must track down three key items to help England win the World Cup: the referee’s whistle, a football and the trophy. Their adventures take them through a jungle, a Rio carnival and onto the beach for a game that could change the history of the tournament.

June 2014 – Journey to the River Sea

seaIt is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at thirteen, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in this highly colourful, joyous adventure.

May 2014 – A First Book of Nature

A First Book of NatureFrom beach combing to stargazing, from watching squirrels, ducks and worms to making berry crumble or a winter bird feast, this is a remarkable book – part poetry, part scrapbook of recipes, facts and fragments – and a glorious reminder that the natural world is on our doorstep waiting to be discovered. Mark Hearld’s pictures beautifully reproduce the colours of the seasons on wood free paper, and Nicola Davies’ lyrical words capture the simple loveliness that is everywhere, if only we can look.

April 2014 – Dirty Bertie

DirtyBertieMeet Dirty Bertie – a boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits! He’s full to bursting with madcap plans and crazy ideas, and if it’s trouble you’re after, look no further – Bertie’s sure to be up to his neck in it. Join Bertie as he tries to get out of a pink party, fails to be polite for a whole day and a makes really rubbish entry into the summer fair’s flower arranging competition…

March 2014 – Meet the Parents

meet-the-parent (Copy)You may think your parents just boss you around and tell you what to do. And there’s no getting away from it – they do have to do quite a lot of that! But there’s so much more to them – did you realise they are also tent poles for dens that are wonky, dustbins for bits you don’t want to eat up and grandstands to make you grow tall?

February 2014 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Hard Luck.

wimpyThe Wimpy Kid is back!! Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story? This book is perfect for readers of 8+ and also reluctant readers.

January 2014 – The Gruffalo

the-gruffaloThe Gruffalo is a children’s book by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, that tells the story of a mouse taking a walk in the woods. Read this book with your children and walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake “and “a hungry gruffalo . . .

To continue the children’s love of this story you could take them to visit the Gruffalo trail at Thorndon Country Park in Brentwood.