Wet weather and what we’re reading this week

Well, we’re not sure how you’re currently fairing in the rest of the country but if where you are is anything like where we are in Norfolk, then you might be currently of the opinion that Autumn is finally here; all this wet weather and pavements lined with lovely brown leaves certainly support this theory!

The changing of the seasons means that the October half term is on the horizon and with that comes another edition of our Bookbites newsletter, which is now avaliable online here. Similarly, the latest edition of our SEN Rights newsletter has also just been published and can be read online here. Make sure you have a read of each- they both contain lots of useful information worth taking in, with Bookbites in particular giving details of our 2015 Conference, which we’re very excited about! More on that soon…!

Back to the here and now; here’s this week’s What we’re reading Wednesday!

Apryl: Flag this post as another edition of ‘what we’re reading wednesday’  in which I enthusiastically champion the Darcy Burdock series by the totally amazing Laura Dockrill. At the end of last week I treated myself to Sorry About Me – the third in the series- and proceeded to spend all weekend engrossed in the latest Darcy adventure. I couldn’t love these books anymore if I tried and I’m pleased to report that book 3 is just as funny as books 1 & 2 and that if you haven’t spent any time with Darcy and her so-very-relatable family then you really really should.

Gail: I have just read Cakes in Space, the latest book by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre- great fun with amusing illustrations. A robot responds to a request to make the ‘ultimate’ cake but these cakes turn out to have minds of their own and want to attack everyone in sight! Lots of alliterative cake names and general silliness! Probably aimed at a slightly younger reader/listener than Oliver and the Seawigs (which I think I preferred) but nevertheless very imaginative and entertaining.

Harriet: Brilliant by Roddy Doyle. A lovely heart warming story set in Dublin (I’ve read several excellent books emanating from Ireland recently: see recent posts on Siobhan Dowd and Sarah Moore Fitzgerald), this is a story about adult depression, and how children respond and come together to defeat ‘the black dog’, which becomes in their eyes a large physical beast that has to be chased and defeated.  The way they do this is by their own natural bubbly happiness, which although threatened from time to time by the ‘dog’ ultimately triumphs.  Plus I always love a map, and the endpapers show the route the children (plus assorted talking animals which join them from time to time) take on their chase through the city.

Mandy: The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, retold by Sarah Courtauld, Abigail Wheatley and Susannah Davidson. After a visit to Canterbury and having not ‘done’ Canterbury Tales at school, I decided to catch up on these entertaining stories. This version is of course sanitised, but the adult reader can still appreciate the bawdiness and humour of stories which both draw from classic literature and have themselves become classic literature. This edition would make a good introduction to the stories for Y5 and 6.

You can read all of our previous wednesday reads here.

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