Chrissi’s Class Reads #5

Over the past two terms (7 months) my class have loved being read to. Now I am teaching older children, I don’t get a chance to read to them as much as I used to read to my old class. However, me being me, manages to read to them at least once a day if only for 10 minutes.

The children always have a choice of 4 books to vote from. I ask for ideas of what could be our class book and then they vote from them. This year my class are very into David Walliams as you will see!

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The World’s Worst Children- David Walliams

The World's Worst Children

This kicked off our class read! The children absolutely loved this book which talks about some pretty disgusting children. It is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully gross. I loved reading it to them. I’m happy to find out there’s a sequel too. I’ll be getting that!

Billionaire Boy- David Walliams

Billionaire Boy

This was another hit with my class! They loved the antics. They found it hilarious in places and literally laughed out loud!

Cloud Busting- Malorie Blackman

Cloud Busting

This is a book that I picked myself for them to study in their reading lessons. It’s such a powerful, powerful read about bullying. There was a moment where the children gasped out loud. I absolutely love when a book can have that much impact. That’s when you know you’ve captured their attention.

Oliver and The Seawigs- Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Oliver and the Seawigs

This was another book that we read whole class. The idea is that every child reads a part of the book together. My class have absolutely adored this way of reading and the work that they got out of these lessons was absolutely fantastic. We read it in under four weeks.

Gangsta Granny- David Walliams

Gangsta Granny

This one was a bit of a slow burner for my class. They didn’t seem as enthused as they were by the other books so far this year. However, towards the middle of the book they started to gain interest and hated when I stopped reading (for lunch time) at the end of the chapter. This book does have a very sad scene which also made my class gasp and I noticed some eyes watering. Bless them ❤

Our next read is another David Walliams (surprise, surprise…) they’re going to be reading Grandpa’s Great Escape. It’s one I haven’t read before, so I’m intrigued to see what it’s like!

This Week In Books #59

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

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Goodbye Days Awful Auntie The Upside of Unrequited

NOWGoodbye DaysJeff Zentner– I’m almost finished this book which releases tomorrow (look out for my review then!) It’s not been an easy book to read, but it’s been worth it!

THENAwful AuntieDavid Walliams– I adored this book. It was darker than David’s usual books, but still a great read!

NEXTThe Upside of UnrequitedBecky Albertalli- I’m far too excited to read this book. I loved Becky’s debut!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your post or answer in the comments below! Happy Reading!

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- Awful Auntie

Awful Auntie

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Gangsta Granny
The Boy In The Dress

Synopsis:

From larger than life, tiddlywinks obsessed Awful Aunt Alberta to her pet owl, Wagner – this is an adventure with a difference. Aunt Alberta is on a mission to cheat the young Lady Stella Saxby out of her inheritance – Saxby Hall. But with mischievous and irrepressible Soot, the cockney ghost of a chimney sweep, alongside her Stella is determined to fight back… And sometimes a special friend, however different, is all you need to win through.

Thoughts:

As many regular readers of my blog know, I’m a primary school teacher, so I really enjoy this kid-lit challenge, because it helps me find new material for my class. With my class (which reminds me, I must sort some reviews!) we’ve read The World’s Worst Children and Billionaire Boy, we’re currently reading Gangsta Granny, so you might say in one way or another I’m making my way through David’s books.

David Walliams does come into some criticism in the teaching world, because his books aren’t technically brilliant and can be a little samey. However, those complaints don’t come from me. I absolutely adore his books. They make my class smile, laugh out loud and read more of his books. If any author can encourage children to read (no matter who they are) I’m a very happy teacher.

This book is actually quite dark! It involves an awful auntie determined to get the deeds to Saxby Hall. To get this, she has carried out something terrible and she’s determined to get her niece Lady Stella Saxby to sign over the deeds. Alongside a cockney ghost named Soot, Stella refuses to back down and fights back against her auntie.

I absolutely loved the characters in this book. Stella was a great heroine! She was clever, brave and determined to keep what was hers. Aunt Alberta was Trunchbull-esque in her manner. She really was an awful auntie. She was pure evil and I love characters like that. I also enjoyed the characters of Gibbon and Soot.

I don’t know whether this would be too dark for some younger children. There’s death, car crashes, murder, poison, torture… I know we can’t protect children from everything but I don’t know if some of it was too much. I feel some of David’s other books were more heart-warming than this one. However, I don’t think that should put you off. Awful Auntie’s themes might go over the heads of many young children. I’d just approach it with caution if you have sensitive children.

For Beth’s wonderful review, check out her blog HERE.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next in the Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit Challenge (April):
A Snicker of Magic- Natalie Lloyd

This Week In Books #58

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

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Awful Auntie Letters to the Lost Goodbye Days

NOWAwful AuntieDavid Walliams– I’m currently reading this book for the Kid-Lit Challenge with my sister, Beth! Our review will be out on Friday!

THENLetters To The LostBrigid Kemmerer– I absolutely adored this book. I’m pushing my review forward, so look out for it tomorrow, if you’re interested! It’s such a moving, thoughtful book.

NEXTGoodbye DaysJeff Zentner– I’ve heard so much hype around this book! I can’t wait to read it!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to a similar post that you do!

Top Ten Authors I’d LOVE To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about authors. Authors we’d love to meet or can’t believe we’ve met. I’ve decided to go for author’s that I’d love to meet even if I would go a little fangirly on them.

Jojo Moyes-  Me Before You is one of my favourite books of all time. I’d be happy to be able to tell Jojo just how much I loved her books!

Jolene Perry- I have enjoyed Jolene’s books so much! They’re much deeper than you’d expect which is great.

Cecelia Ahern- I have loved Cecelia’s writing since P.S. I Love You. Her writing is just so magical.

Alison Rattle- I adore Alison Rattle. Her books are so evocative.

Emma Carroll- Another writer I adore. I nearly got to meet her last year but I was too nervous to say hi!

Giovanna Fletcher- I love Giovanna’s writing and she seems like a lovely, bubbly person.

David Walliams- My class adore David’s books. I’d love to tell them I met him!

Michael Rosen- I adore Michael Rosen. I saw him talking at a conference the other weekend, but didn’t have chance to meet him. Sad times.

Kate Karyus Quinn- It would be interesting to have a conversation with Kate to see what she’s like as a person as her books are WEIRD (but wonderful!)

Markus Zusak- I think he would also be fascinating to talk to!

Who have you met before? Have you met any of these authors? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A mixed bag!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching Lower Key Stage 2. My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

This week has been a real mixed bag! It started off really well with the children working incredibly hard and really taking on our poetry module. From my previous experience, some children can find poetry difficult, so I think I was approaching it with slightly lower expectations than usual. They really got on board with it and all was good! I still do Science Club on a Monday, and that went really well this week too!

Tuesday was a great day professionally for me. I organised a reading event which was all about reading for pleasure. Something that is incredibly close to my heart. We had SO many children turn up with their parents and it was lovely to see children reading closely with their parents. 🙂 It made this teacher bookworm very happy indeed. I think hot chocolate enticed them but they were genuinely interested in the books.

I had an ICT conference on the Wednesday in London which was great fun. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did, but it was great to see what’s about for education. I’m not sure if I’ll get any of the apps/programs that I want (money is so tight in schools at the moment) but it’s good to know what is out there!

My class behaved on that day for their supply teacher, however, they didn’t do as well in their work as usual. It was frustrating but I guess I should take it as flattering that they work their best for me! 😉

So all in all, a good if mixed week! We’ve started our new class book Gangsta Granny and we’ve had some much better behaviour which I’m pleased about.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- I secretly missed them!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching Lower Key Stage 2. My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

I don’t think I’ve made any secret of the fact that I’ve found my current class a lot more challenging than my first class, but I think we’ve finally got that bond because over the Christmas holidays I did miss them! Shock horror! (I joke about the shock horror, I do adore them!) It was great to see their faces this week and get back to our learning. They seem really excited about being back at school and many of them said they missed me! (Sweet!)

My plan for this term is to really crack on with their reading comprehension. Many of them are fantastic readers, but they don’t always understand what it is they’re actually reading! So I’m going to put a focus on reading comprehension this term. Let’s see if it works!

We’re reading Around The World In 80 Days as our book in English for our topic and carrying on with our class book Billionaire Boy. My class enjoy being read to…which makes me VERY happy. I really am trying to make every class I teach into bookworms.