Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The 2019 books are revealed!

2019 brings yet another year of Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit, which has been a fun feature on our blog! As usual, Beth and I have picked 6 books each.

Here are the choices…my choices are in purple, Beth’s in red!

JANUARY – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret- Judy Blume

FEBRUARY- The BFG -Roald Dahl

MARCH – The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)- Rick Riordan

APRIL- Demon Dentist- David Walliams

MAY – The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree #1)- Enid Blyton

JUNE- What Katy Did- Susan Coolidge

JULY – The Dreamsnatcher (Dreamsnatcher #1) Abi Elphinstone

AUGUST- The Royal Rabbits of London- Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore

SEPTEMBER – I Capture The Castle- Dodie Smith

OCTOBER- Just So- Rudyard Kipling

NOVEMBER – The Worst Witch- Jill Murphy

DECEMBER- The Christmasaurus- Tom Fletcher

Have you read any of this books? Can you spot a favourite in there? Let us know!

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Beth and Chrissi Do Kid Lit 2018- The Round Up

So, in the style of the “Talking About…” reviews we normally do, we thought we’d answer a quick few questions about our year in Kid-Lit blogging.

JANUARY – The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader -C.S. Lewis

FEBRUARY- Matilda-Roald Dahl

MARCH – The Girl Of Ink And Stars- Kiran Millwood Hargrave 

APRIL- Ratburger- David Walliams

MAY – The Wide Window (A Series Of Unfortunate Events #3)-Lemony Snicket

JUNE- The Face On The Milk Carton-Caroline B. Cooney

JULY – Murder Most Unladylike- Robin Stevens

AUGUST- The Creakers- Tom Fletcher

SEPTEMBER – Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing -Judy Blume

OCTOBER- Nightbirds on Nantucket  (The Wolves Chronicles #3)- Joan Aiken

NOVEMBER – Number The Stars- Lois Lowry

DECEMBER- Time Travelling With A Hamster- Ross Welford

1) What was your favourite Kid-Lit book of 2018 and why?

BETH: This is such an easy one for me! It would be Matilda by Roald Dahl. It was a childhood favourite of mine and each time I re-read it I fall more and more in love with it. Sorry other kid-lit authors on this list – it was always going to be a no-brainer with the king that is Roald Dahl.

CHRISSI: It has to be the legendary Matilda. It’s a wonderful story that is one of my all time favourites. I don’t think many will ever beat it. I found out recently that my 6 year old nephew loves Matilda which is amazing!

2) What was your least favourite Kid-Lit book of 2018 and why?

BETH: This is so tough but I would have to pick something that might be controversial – The Girl Of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. It was so gorgeously written but unfortunately I just didn’t connect with it as much as I was hoping to.

CHRISSI: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. I wasn’t the biggest fan of it, if I’m honest. I don’t recall reading this one as a child and I wouldn’t be surprised if I started it and gave up! Young Chrissi had no problems DNF-ing books.

3) What was the Kid-Lit book of 2018 that surprised you the most?

BETH: Perhaps The Face On The Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney? I was eagerly anticipating this book as both Chrissi and I were huge Cooney fans back when she wrote Point Horror. However, I believe we were both a bit disappointed with this particular offering and unfortunately, it surprised us in a bad way. 😦

CHRISSI: I have to agree with Beth. I had such high expectations for The Face On The Milk Carton but I really did find it to be a quite unremarkable read which was a shame.

4) Have you been inspired to read any other books from a Kid-Lit author of 2018?

BETH: Most definitely, from Tom Fletcher. I was really excited to read something from him as I had heard such great things about his children’s books. The Creakers was everything I had anticipated and who knows, perhaps there will be something else on our Kid-Lit list for 2019 from him?

CHRISSI: Ooh yes. I want to read more from Tom Fletcher and David Walliams for sure. I’m loving that young children (and young at heart adults!) have so many wonderful authors out there to explore.

For anyone who reads these posts, thank you so much for your continued support, we love doing this challenge and hope to continue it indefinitely. Coming on January 2nd – the big reveal for Kid-Lit 2019! Which titles made it this year? And which titles are we going to have to do er…. another year?!

Top Ten Authors That I’d Love To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week it’s all about authors that we’d love to meet! I’ve pretty much went for my auto-buy, favourite authors!

If you click on the image, it’ll give you the author’s name! 🙂

Dorothy Koomson- Dorothy’s books are fabulous. I’ve really enjoyed every single thing she’s published so far. She’s a wonderful writer of women’s fiction. I feel like she’s very social with her fans and I like that.

Jojo Moyes- Me Before You is one of my favourite books, but she’s written some other amazing stories too. I’d love to see what she’s like as she comes across so well on Twitter.

Matt Haig- Love Matt Haig’s writing. I think it would be fascinating to chat to him.

David Walliams- I think he’d be hilarious!

Cecelia Ahern- I love her stories and think she’d be a sweet lady!

Emma Carroll- I have almost met Emma before, but I got too shy!

Heather Demetrios- I would love to speak to Heather to find out her inspiration behind her books.

Paula Daly- I have a feeling Paula would be fascinating to speak to!

J.K. Rowling- I’m sure she’ll be on many people’s lists this week, but I certainly would love to meet her.

Giovanna Fletcher- Giovanna comes across as so bubbly and kind. I’d love to chat to her!

Top Ten Authors Who Can Get Me Out Of A Reading Slump

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

I’ve decided to slightly adapt the prompt this week and instead of books that’ll get me out of a slump… authors I can rely on to get me out of a reading slump!

  1. Roald Dahl– His books are just so fun to read!
  2. J.K. Rowling– If it’s a serious slump, I sometimes need to re-read a Harry Potter book!
  3. Kasie West– I can always guarantee that her books will be fun!
  4. Heather Demetrios– Her books are quite deep but they always engross me.
  5. Ceceila Ahern– I love how magical her books are.
  6. Jojo Moyes– She’s a terrific writer.
  7. Paula Daly– She’s one of my favourite thriller writers. Her books always grip me.
  8. Emma Carroll– I can never go wrong with a Emma Carroll book. Her books are enchanting.
  9. David Walliams– David is the closest recent writer to Roald Dahl. His books are fabulous.
  10. Patrick Ness– I do enjoy Patrick’s writing, so the thought of reading one of his books can encourage me to climb out of the slump!

What brings you out of a slump? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books With Sensory Reading Memories

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about books that hold a sensory reading memory for us. It could be where we were, what time of year it was, who I was with or what I was eating. In no particular order, here are my choices. Book images go to Goodreads!

The Class That Went Wild- Ruth Thomas

The Class That Went Wild

I remember my sister reading me this book multiple times as a young child. I feel so nostalgic when I re-read this one.

The Other Hand (a.k.a Little Bee)- Chris Cleave

The Other Hand

This book gives me throwbacks to Malta. I was on holiday there when I read this book in a special room the hotel had. A reading room! Yes! A reading room!

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

I remember my sister bought me this book on my birthday. I read it and wept on my birthday.

The BFG- Roald Dahl

The BFG

I LOVED sharing this book with my class. It brings special memories back from when I was a child and I love seeing their reactions.

Gangsta Granny- David Walliams

Gangsta Granny

There’s a particularly poignant part of this book. When I read this to my class last year, they were silent as I revealed it. Then one girl who had experienced the same thing actually welled up. 😦

The Book With No Pictures

The Book with No Pictures

I adore this book. It’s so funny and ridiculous. Children love it!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

This definitely brings back sensory reading memories for me. I poured over the pages.

Coraline- Neil Gaiman

Coraline

At the time of writing this, I’ve only read the graphic novel of this book. The pictures will stay with me for a long time!

Legally Blonde- Amanda Brown

Legally Blonde

I have a weird sensory reading memory with this book. I read it the night before I was admitted to hospital with suspected appendicitis!

Geekerella- Ashley Poston

Geekerella

The same goes for this book. I was reading it when I felt very unwell!

Tell me about the books that hold sensory reading memories for you! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Beth and Chrissi Do Kit Lit- Ratburger

Ratburger

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

“Meet Zoe. She’s got a lot of things to be unhappy about:
* Her stepmother Sheila is so lazy she asks Zoe to pick her nose for her.
* The school bully Tina Trotts makes her life a misery – mainly by flobbing on her head.
* And on top of it all, the dastardly Burt has terrible plans for her pet rat.

I can’t tell you what those plans are, but there’s a clue in the title of this book…”

Thoughts:

I really enjoy David Walliams’ writing, so I try to ensure we have one on our reading list for the kid-lit challenge. Being a primary school teacher, I love reading current children’s literature to find perfect, modern stories for them. As much as they love Roald Dahl, they adore David Walliams too. He really is the closest thing to Roald Dahl than the man himself.

Ratburger tells the story of a girl called Zoe. She’s having a tough time at school. She comes from a poor background, she’s small and an instant target for bullies. Zoe lives with her father and her awful stepmother, Sheila. Zoe’s dad has lost his job and spends most of the time in the pub. Zoe is left at home, with the lazy stepmother, living in a leaning tower block of flats. Zoe’s hamster has just died. She was convinced that she was going to find fame with her hamster as she had spent some time training it. When Zoe comes across a baby rat, she knows she won’t have to give up on her dreams. However, Zoe has to keep Armitage (the rat) away from her terrible stepmother and Burt an evil burger van driver which gives the story a much darker twist.

I felt like Ratburger had some amazing characters in the story. Zoe was wonderful and a fantastic character to follow. Burt and Sheila are so awful that it’s fun to read about them. I always love Raj, the newsagent, who appears in so many of David’s books. I also loved the school teacher, Miss Midge. I love how David Walliams wrote her character. God knows I love a terrible teacher in a story!

I love David Walliams’ books because there are moments that really make you smile or laugh out loud. I also love how there’s something in there for the adults that are reading the book to a child. I’ve noticed with David’s books that some comments can be a bit risque but only if you know the meaning behind it. It goes over most children’s heads.

The reason why I love David Walliams’ books is that they can encourage the most reluctant of readers. They’re genuinely a joy to read out to children. I could easily see myself reading this to a class and it is a definite contender for a class book come September. David’s books also give me inspiration for teaching. There’s so much that can be done with this book if you’re reading it as a class read! 🙂 It made this teacher very happy.

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

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge (May):
The Wide Window (A Series Of Unfortunate Events #3)-Lemony Snicket

This Week In Books #108

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

RatBurger The Stranger In My Home The Escape

NOW- Ratburger- David Walliams– I’m just about to start Ratburger for my kid-lit feature with my sister, Beth.

THENThe Stranger In My HomeAdele Parks– This book took me a week to read! I thought it was okay, but not amazing.

NEXTThe EscapeC.L Taylor– I had to squeeze Ratburger in before The Escape. I’m looking forward to this one!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!