Not one, not two, three or four, but FIVE Friday Read recommendations for you this week, not just because we’ve all been reading lots but because it’s a bank holiday- and what better way to spend a bank holiday than reading books? Especially as the weather is likely to be awful (in Norfolk, at least- we’ve checked several weather reports!) If you spend your extra day with a book, why not let us know in the comments?
Apryl: The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade by Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpoys
I’m currently trying to juggle catching up with the CKG shortlist with another 700+ page novel but somehow, in amongst all of those long reads, this picture book caught my eye this week. It’s hard to tell what I liked most about it: the striking colour palate (pale and bright blues contrasted with bright peach and shiny silver and greys), the wonderful illustrations or the story itself, about a boy called Alfie struggling with shyness and anxiety (and his bedroom has amazing cowboy wallpaper!)
(Scribe Publications, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781925228472)
Gail: Mythological Monsters of Ancient Greece by Sara Fanelli
Yesterday I shared this book with a KS2 class and they loved it! I hadn’t appreciated how much fun the quirky collage-style illustrations were. Great if you’re studying Ancient Greek Myths. Each page has little snippets of information and there’s even a short quiz at the back.
(Walker Books, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9781844285600)
Harriet: Quick Quack Quentin by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field
A brilliant read aloud picture book about PHONICS! This is literacy made fun. It’s a simple idea; our hero, having lost the vowel sound in his ‘quack’, goes around trying to find another animal who can give him a spare one, with a lot of verbal fun en route.
(Hodder, £11.99 hardback, ISBN 9781444919561, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)
Mandy: Solomon and Mortimer by Catherine Rayner
Following the adventures of Solomon, he is joined in this sequel by his friend Mortimer and these two naughty young crocodiles are trying all sorts of adventurous things because they are bored. Climbing trees, chasing lizards and flying have all proved far too tricky, so when they catch sight of the biggest hippo wallowing in the river they know he will make a very big splash. Of course he indulges them, and of course they get more than they bargained for. Plenty of suspense, gorgeous use of colour and space and a lovely rhythm to the story make this a great readaloud.
(Macmillan, £11.99 hardback, ISBN 9780230742512)
Zoë: The Case of the Weeping Mermaid by Holly Webb
This is the eighth and final installment of the series about Maisie Hitchins and her adventures with Alice, Eddie and George, which I downloaded as an eBook from the public library using the Overdrive app; very user-friendly. The illustrations are clear on the screen, although small as I read on my phone, with text breaks being indicated clearly by the magnifying glass which also features in the paperbacks.
Alice’s father is a wealthy merchant but lately he has suffered losses, with three of his ships rumoured to have been lost at sea. Mr Lacey decides he and his new wife must sail to China in order to discover what has happened and in the meantime, Maisie receives a beautifully carved Chinese box from Daniel Hitchins, a sailor, which contains his papers. In his letter he explains the box was bought at Peking and she must keep the papers safe and that night, Maisie reads the intriguing documents from her father. Instead of going with her parents, Alice comes to stay with Maisie and during one conversation, Maisie thinks the mystery about Alice’s father’s missing ships sounds very like the notes her father had made. Are the two puzzles linked and if so, can the girls find a solution?
(Stripes, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9781847155979, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)
Our previous Friday Reads can all be found here.