We had some visitors to our office at the beginning of this week!
Visitors are of course nothing new but these ones were particularly special, because it was a class of 27 children from a local school- the FIRST full class we’ve ever had come and see us! They were here as part of North Norfolk Stories, a project partnership from Museums Norfolk. Their day began at the Norfolk Record Office learning about the history of their town and in the afternoon, we ran an activity looking at railways in the past. A great time was had by all and it was so lovely to see how children reacted when presented with the vastness of our stock- they were amazed!
(Our office, ready for the arrival of 27 excitable children and some of the class hard at work!)
We’re pleased to report that the visit was a real success and we’re excited to have another school visit soon!
Now, this week’s friday reads!
Apryl: Star Wars: The Complete Saga by Jason Fry
I’m very excited for ‘The Force Awakens’ and after buying my tickets for a midnight screening on December’s release day, I decided to have a quick look through this full-colour retrospective of the Star Wars saga. Packed with pictures from the previous six films, the book is a great visual introduction to the two trilogies, accompanied with narrative text succinctly summarising the story’s lengthy plot. Great for new and old fans alike!
(Scholastic, £9.99 paperback, ISBN 9780545356312, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)
Harriet: Where’s the Elephant? by Barroux
This is a most stylish, simple and colourful way of demonstrating the enormous threats that hang over the wildlife of our planet, caused by our destruction of habitats. Inspired by Where’s Wally?, as it contains a puzzle element, it also reminds me of the wonderful novelty book ‘Into the Forest’ by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud.
(Egmont Books, £10.99 hardback, ISBN 9781405276481)
Mandy: Bird by Crystal Chan
Bird is an impressive first novel, for your sophisticated Y6 readers and up to Y8. Jewel’s family is devastated by her older brothers’ death on the day Jewel was born. Each locked into sadness and silence and with Grandad’s mute presence in the house the tension is unbearable for 12 year old Jewel. A boy comes to town, staying with his Uncle, and befriends Jewel, but is he all he seems? From the moment they meet in Jewel’s oak tree everything starts to change.
(Tamarid Books, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9781848531253, find it here on the NLIS catalogue),
Zoë: Shark in the Park on a Windy Day by Nick Sharratt
This is a thoroughly enjoyable rhyming story about a little boy, Timothy Pope, who, with his favourite toy, a telescope, goes to the park. There is lots of repetition which will add interest and excitement for readers and/or listeners.
Timothy is a keen observer and informs everyone when he keeps seeing something that looks like a shark’s fin. Nick Sharratt’s excellent illustrations are bold and bright. The hole pages encourage imaginative thinking and there is a surprise ending for Timothy. This would be a great story to read aloud!
(Picture Corgi, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780552573108, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)