Laureate Blog and Friday Reads!

A very quiet week indeed with nothing much to report other than (you guessed it!) PROJECT BOXES, though we would like to drawn your attention to Chris Riddell’s laureate’s log, which he’s been posting online since his appointment as Children’s Laureate was announced. We absolutely love his illustrations in our office so getting to see inside his sketch book on a daily basis is very exciting indeed! If you haven’t had a look, do so now- it can be viewed online here and if you’re feeling particularly tech-savvy, then you can even follow Chris on Instagram: chris_riddell

Now- let’s get to today’s Friday Reads:

HarrietThe Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

boundlessAlthough terrified I might meet a sasquatch, how I would love to have been a – first class, naturally – passenger on the Boundless, a 7 mile long steam train that crossed Canada during the pioneering years of the last century.  Complete with carriages for all class of travellers, post van, travelling circus including dangerous animals, luxurious apartments – and a coffin with valuable treasures in a special funeral car, this is the perfect setting for a thrilling adventure for the son of one of the rail company’s employees.  Suspend belief a little, but this does not take away from the grand scope of the novel or our sympathies with the young hero and his circus friends. Confession: I had to look up the definition of a ‘sasquatch’, and I advise that you do too, because you need to know when you meet one or you will suffer a very nasty end…

(David Fickling Books, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781910200193)

Gail: Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue by Angie Morgan


Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue is a fun read which would suit Y3/4. It’s set in the Dark Ages, just after the Romans have left Britain, although the facts are only vaguely historical with a Medieval castle and lots of modern colloquialisms. Written by Sedric the story is full of amusing illustrations and doodles. Good for fans of Mr Gum (Andy Stanton) and the Grunts series (Philip Ardagh).

(Egmont Books, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781405275286)
You can see our previous Friday Reads here.


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