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This is my current read. I've only just started it, it was recommended to me by another teacher. Probably another one for Bramley Class. Check back for a review soon!

A lovely story for Pippin and Russet classes containing 2 short stories about Alfies adventures with mum. The author uses language really effectively to set the scene of her story and make you feel like you are there with them.


I picked this book up around Mother's Day, Shirley Hughes is one of my most favourite authors and in my opinion her illustrations are some of the most beautiful picture book drawings in the world. Of all of Shirley Hughes wonderful books - Alfie and Annie Rose stories are the absolute best.


Pictures books are not just for KS1, I enjoyed this very much as an adult. Older children perhaps you could read it to a younger brother or sister? I think you'll enjoy it too.



A brilliant read! Fast paced action/adventure story. I would say it's quite a challenging read, not only in terms of the language but also the story, I'd recommend it for confident readers in Bramley Class.


This book was the waterstones book of the week a little while ago and recommended for people pho had enjoyed Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy. I loved those so was really drawn to this. If you enjoy reading something its always worth telling the librarian or someone in a bookshop and asking them what they might recommend for you next.


It took me a while to get into, some of the language is quite challenging as the author has created some new vocabulary and phrases as part of her world which take some getting used to.  That said, its worth sticking with the first couple of chapters because once I got into it I was hooked. The story is fast moving and exciting and I couldn't put it down! I was really sad when it ended as the next story in the trilogy isn't out yet. I enjoyed this one so much that I have the next pre-ordered on Amazon for its release date of 7th September!

We have a new rule in our house, screens off an hour before bed, which helps me sleep really well so I can be wide awake for school in the morning. So instead of the TV laptop, phone or iPad, I snuggle up on the sofa with Jasper and have an hours relaxing reading time!


This is the first book I am going to review for you; Grandpa's Great Escape by David Walliams.


I had a fun time in Waterstones yesterday choosing my book for this week, I was really torn between this book and the Waterstones book of the week; 'Sea - The huntress' by Sarah Driver. I bought both and will read 'Sea' next week. I decided I would go for Grandpa's great escape first because of the WWII theme, which links in well with our discovery topic. I'm 9 chapters in and currently enjoying it more than I was expecting, its touching, sad in places and funny too. I'll write a more complete review when I've finished and will then put the book in the school library for you to borrow should you wish. Miss Brain



I loved this book. I've never been too sure if i'd enjoy David Walliams writing, I thought I might find the humour a bit silly for me but I was really wrong. I found this book easy to read, funny, moving and really hard to put down! There were a few good twists and turns, it made me laugh out loud and it made me feel sad in parts too. The language is simple and easy to read so I was able to read it and enjoy it even when I was feeling a bit tired. Over all I would really recommend it.


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