Book Reviews

Here are a selection of books recommended by readunite. If you have read this book, please select the rate and review link below the book listing and leave us your feedback, here you will also be able to rate the book on behalf of your child.

Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide, Mara Bergman and Nick Maland

May 19, 2012 in Book Reviews

Quotes from the readunite community about ‘Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide’

Parent:

This book is a really good bed time books as it is quite exciting but also soothing at the same time, my little boy loves this story as it really seems to tickle his imagination!

Child:

I like this book at bed time a lot because it makes me dream, and I am on a big adventure….

Teacher:

This book is a great story to read along with KS1 children, but has an interesting enough story for it to appeal to pre school children as a storybook too. It has wonderful illustrations and great use of language to extend children’s reading vocabulary.

Mrs Wobble the Waitress, Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg

May 19, 2012 in Book Reviews

Quotes from the readunite community about ‘Mrs Wobble the Waitress’

Parent:

I read most of this collection of stories as a child and enjoyed them all, but this one was always my favourite and seems to be my children’s favourite too.

Child:

This book always makes me laugh as they are all flying around on skates, its such a good idea!

Teacher:

This collection of books are excellent for young readers, they are a good easy reading book that parents can assist their child with at home as they progress through KS1. The stories are great to read aloud to younger children also.

 

 

Monkey Puzzle, Julia Donaldson

May 19, 2012 in Book Reviews

Quotes from the readunite community about ‘Monkey Puzzle’

Parent:

I love the images in this book and it is a lovely heart warming tale, I wish I had had this to read as a child, its one of the most popular books on my child’s bookshelf!

Child:

This book is really pretty, and I feel a little bit sad when the monkey can’t find it’s mummy but it is all OK in the end!

Teacher:

Another great book from Julia Donaldson, with beautifully bold illustrations, it has rhyme and a little repetition allowing younger children to join in with the story once they have heard it a few times.

Elmer, David McKee

May 19, 2012 in Book Reviews

Quotes from the readunite community about ‘Elmer’

Parent:

A beautifully told story of a multi coloured elephant that just wants to fit in, my children love this book, and I secretly love it just as much.

Child:

This book is really bright and colourful and has really cool pictures, I laugh when mummy reads it to me as I think its really funny!

Teacher:

This is a lovely story to read with a child or a class, with wonderful illustrations and it is humorous too, it also has an underlying moral, which is a great opening to a discussion with children about the differences in appearances that we all have, and that we don’t always have to look the same to fit in…

Not Now Bernard, David McKee

May 19, 2012 in Book Reviews

Quotes from the readunite community about ‘Not Now Bernard’

Parent:

I love this book! It’s one that I used to read when I was little. I used to love having it read to me even more as my mum used to use fabulous character voices! Now as a parent I see the story differently as I am seeing myself as the parent who says “not now” to my child—and it makes me feel a little guilty.

Child:

I like this book a lot, the people in the book keep saying “not now” to Bernard and I like to say those words with my Dad, the pictures are nice too , it is my best bedtime book.

Teacher:

This is a very good book with excellent language use however it needs to be read with a child over the age of 5 to be able to appreciate the dark humour of the story. Many children can relate to Bernard as children quite frequently hear the phrase ‘not now’, from their parents and teachers. This book is a good way of discussing the importance of listening.

Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

May 19, 2012 in Book Reviews

Quotes from the readunite community about ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

Parent:

I was unsure about this story the first time I read it as it’s storyline is very unusual however my child absolutely loved it, and it seems the wackier the story, the more it captures their imagination…..

Child:

I thinks the boy in this book is very lucky to go on such fun adventures, I wish I could be king of somewhere for the day!

Teacher:

This book is unusual as it touches on themes of anger and anxiousness that all children can feel at this delicate age, however the boy in this book uses the technique of fantasy to imagine what he would do if he was in charge for a day, this book is a fabulous opener into discussions about ways children can deal with new emotions and shows them that it is normal to get cross sometimes!

Cat in the Hat, Dr Seuss

May 19, 2012 in Book Reviews

Quotes from the read unite community about ‘Cat in the Hat’

Parent:

I remember this book fondly from when I was a child, and I enjoy reading it to my child as much as I did then! The story fascinates my children and they laugh throughout it.

Child:

This is a really funny book, it has really good pictures and the cat is really naughty sometimes!

Teacher:

This is a book with excellent rhyme and rhythm making it a joy to read aloud, it has a very adventurous and somewhat unusual story line that sends children’s imaginations into overdrive. It just goes to show that sometimes, the oldest storybooks are really the best!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle

May 19, 2012 in Book Reviews

Quotes from the readunite community about ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’

Parent:

This is a wonderful story with great illustrations, it is a book that both children and parents can enjoy. It’s  been around for a long time but never loses its magic.

Child:

This is my favourite book that has lots of pretty pictures and colours, I love it when the caterpillar becomes a butterfly at the end!

Teacher:

This book by Eric Carle mixes fabulous illustrations and a heart warming story with learning. Children find out about days of the week and counting numbers at the same time as hearing a wonderful story, it has been a class favourite for many years, and can be the basis for lots of topic work around the themes in the story.

Were Going On a Bear Hunt: Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

May 19, 2012 in Book Reviews

Quotes from the readunite community about ‘Were Going On a Bear Hunt’

Parent:

This is a fabulous book to read with younger children, the repeated words at each stage of the adventure mean that children quickly remember and join in saying them with you.

Child:

I love this story, we pretend that we are in the water or the forest and mummy makes silly noises to make it fun! The best bit is when the bear scares me at the end!

Teacher:

This is a great book to develop children’s vocabulary as it is very descriptive and contains many onomatopoeic words. It is a great story that children can get involved in and using varied tones in your voice, you can build anticipation and excitement, creating a wonderful storytelling experience

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The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Aul Scheffler

May 2, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

Quotes from the readunite community about The Gruffalo:

Parent review:

The words are easily remembered, children can recite the book by just looking at the pictures…my lot know it off by heart without the book!

Child review:

It has really good pictures and it’s really funny when the mouse trick’s the Gruffalo and he runs off!

Teacher review:


This book is always popular with children, there is fantastic use of language and the story fascinates young minds! I would recommend reading this with children of all ages, and as children get older, try and uncover the moral of the story to develop comprehension skills!