Category Archives: Reading with the kids

The Day the Crayons Came Home

It’s been a while since I’ve written a ‘reading with the kids’ post, and whilst wrestling with novel revision I remembered it was about time I did a blog update. It was that or make a cup of tea 😦 … Continue reading

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The Stone Cage – Nicholas Stuart Gray

I loved this book as a child. I have no idea of how many times I read it, over and over. It’s the story of Rapunzel, told from the point of view of the witch’s cat and is probably the … Continue reading

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Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

Hurray for Chris Riddell becoming the new Children’s Laureate!!! He first came to my attention a couple of years ago when I spotted Goth Girl in my local Waterstones. I didn’t buy it as I thought I might be indulging … Continue reading

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You Choose

I’m beginning to suspect my 5 year old, Jason, of telepathy. During a recent stealth-ninja room tidy (because if the kids are involved they want to keep every bit of tat that really should have gone to landfill-heaven ages ago), … Continue reading

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Narnia (III)

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle. It’s about time we finished talking about the Narnia books. Frankie and I actually finished them a while back, I just hadn’t gotten around to blogging about … Continue reading

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The grimness of fairy tales

I’ve had a few blips recently when reading with the kids. Exhibit A – The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Anderson. One night, attempting to divert Jason from the umpteenth re-read of something dire I grabbed up the book of fairy … Continue reading

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Narnia (II)

The Horse and His Boy (revisited) and Prince Caspian. In an earlier post I mentioned how Frankie and I had stopped partway through The Horse and His Boy because we were having trouble with the archaic language and understanding of … Continue reading

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Goodbye Mog – Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr is probably best known for The Tiger Who Came to Tea.  She has an interesting, slightly abrupt writing style which is endearing. I used to think that this was because English is not her native language, but having … Continue reading

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My Friend Walter – Michael Morpurgo

I’d never read anything by Michael Morpurgo. Obviously everyone knows him for Warhorse (which I haven’t read), I’d heard that his books were ‘a bit dark’ and had assumed that his writing was probably a bit old for my kids yet. I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Beware of the Bears!

My five year old boy, Jason isn’t too fussed about great works of literature as yet. Tony (my husband) is determined to plough through all of the original ‘Thomas’ stories with him (my personal favourite is the one where Henry … Continue reading

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