Next week we are delighted to welcome Prep children back into the library at break and lunch times on a rota basis.  This will be Monday Year 6, Tuesday Year 4, Wednesday Year 5 and Friday Year 3

However, we still want to encourage use of the Reading Cloud to reserve books and especially to write book reviews as they are a great way for children to reflect on what they have read and make recommendations to each other. 

Since we launched Reading Cloud in November there have been a stunning 670 reviews written!  These are all checked and edited for spoilers before appearing on the site.  The detail and quality of some of the reviews is fantastic – here is a sample from each year group showcasing an outstanding review and a brilliant book!

Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Sharks by Katie and Kevin Tsang.  Review by Jonathan 3HW.

All the Sam Wu books are great but read ‘Sam Wu is not afraid of sharks’ – it is particularly funny. It is a hilarious comic fiction book about Sam and his two friends as the main characters. Laugh through the story as you follow this jaw – dropping adventure where Sam overcomes his fear of sharks on a trip to the beach. 

Pages and Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James.  Review by Diya 4ET.

This is a fantasy and adventure genre of book. This book is about a girl called Tilly and she lives with her grandma and grandpa because she has no parents. Tilly’s grandparents own Pages and Co. Pages and Co is a book shop. One day Tilly is reading her favourite book and then Alice in Wonderland appears and so does Anne of Green Gables and Alice takes Tilly inside the actual Wonderland book. Then Anne takes Tilly to Green Gables!  What will happen when Tilly finds out how to go inside a book herself? This book should be about 8+. I liked this book because it has lots of mystery and magic.I hope you like it too.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr.  Review by Maya 5SW.

This is an amazing story set a few years before World War Two. Anna, Max and their parents live in Berlin, Germany and their Papa is very ill with the flu. Suddenly, the Nazis are running as candidates for the Berlin elections but as Anna’s family are Jews it seems they’ll be running. Running away! In this tale you will be able to see what it is like to be a refugee in World War Two constantly on the move. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was very eager to read the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who is older than nine or has a huge interest in history. 

Illegal: A Graphic Novel Telling One Boys Epic Journey to Europe by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin.  Review by Joel 6JR.

This heartwarming book is about one boy’s journey to freedom. Based on a real story, this book can really connect to your emotions and is very good at making you feel as though you are on the journey with this boy and that you can feel what he does. Ebo, a boy of around 12, sets off on a journey of a lifetime to make it to Europe and safety – a journey that his sister set out on months ago. While meeting new friends and faces on the way, the book keeps flashing between past and present, adding to the mood and making you think: ‘How did they get there?’ or ‘What happened between now and then?’. Personally, my favourite character is Kwame, as he is always the sensible one who also has such a kind, loving heart and will always take care of others. He is also willing to put others before himself, no matter what the cost. With plenty of devastating moments, I would suggest that this graphic novel is a good read for anyone over the age of 10. Overall this is a great story and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who loves graphic novels or just any good books at all! 

Well done to these four and the many other pupils who have written reviews.  If anyone needs it there is a link to Reading Cloud and a short video reminder of how to log in, reserve a book and write a review on the pupil intranet.  Login barcode numbers are stuck in planners or available from Ms Stacey and pupils earn two House Points for each approved review.  For those that write the most reviews of Recommended Reading List books there is a chance to attend a special event with Mr Neeson at the end of the school year.  Happy reading and reviewing!

Ms Stacey