Top Ten Books That I Want My Nephew To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about books we’d want our children/future children/niece/nephews to read! So here are mine…

My nephew is almost 6 and I can’t wait for him to get to the age where he might read/hear these books. All of these books I either loved as a child or read to my current class who are 6/7 years old!

The BFG- Roald Dahl

The BFG

I absolutely adore this book. I think he would love it too. He’d love the whizzpoppers!

George’s Marvellous Medicine- Roald Dahl

George's Marvellous Medicine

Loved this book. It’s always my first class book with Year 2. I hope he wouldn’t get ideas to make a medicine for his Gran!

The Witches- Roald Dahl

The Witches

This one would scare him at the moment, but I hope he eventually gets to read it!

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)

The World’s Worst Children and World’s Worst Children 2- David Walliams

The World's Worst Children

I have a feeling he’d love some of these disgusting tales!

The Invention Of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Definitely for when he’s older! 🙂 I think he’d love this mixture of pictures and words!

The Demon Headmaster- Gillian Cross

The Demon Headmaster (Demon Headmaster, #1)

Such a classic from my childhood. I’d love him to read this one day.

Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mister Tom

Another classic. My current school reads this with 10-11 year olds. It’s such a fantastic book.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Again, this book wouldn’t be suitable right now, but years down the line it will be. I feel its educative too. Can’t escape the teacher in me.

What did you post this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The Prime Minister’s Brain (The Demon Headmaster #2)

The Prime Minister's Brain (Demon Headmaster, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Demon Headmaster

Synopsis:

Everyone at school is playing the new computer game, Octopus Dare – but only Dinah is good enough to beat it. As it begins to take hold, Dinah realizes that the game is trying to control her. But why is it happening, and how is the Demon Headmaster involved?

Thoughts:

I absolutely loved The Demon Headmaster when I was younger and reread it many times. I enjoyed re-reading it last year. I remember not being as fond of The Prime Minister’s Brain, but couldn’t quite remember why. Having read it this week, I totally remember why I wasn’t as keen on it.

The story centres around Dinah, her brothers and some school friends. Everyone at school is obsessed with playing the new game Octopus Dare at school. Only Dinah is good enough to beat the game. The game seems to be pulling Dinah in and attempting to control her. Before long, Dinah finds out that the Demon Headmaster is involved in the game. They need to find out why, what his motive is and how on Earth they’ll stop him again…

I do find Gillian Cross easy to read, but the story didn’t excite me as much as its predecessor did. It may be because I’m not that interested by computers. I just wasn’t as gripped by it as I wanted to be. I remember that I never read the following books in the series and I think that’s down to my impressions of this book. I didn’t feel compelled to read on. Being controlled by computers would seem incredibly modern when this book was first released (1987). However, reading it currently makes it not seem as fresh as it was back then. I do think this means this book can date really easily and not seem as relevant.

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

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit Challenge (July):
The Reptile Room (A Series Of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The 2017 books are revealed!

2017 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- Prince Caspian- C.S. Lewis

FEBRUARY- The Cuckoo Sister- Vivian Alcock

MARCH- Awful Auntie- David Walliams

APRIL- A Snicker of Magic- Natalie Lloyd

MAY- The Sea Of Monsters (Percy Jackson and The Olympians #2)- Rick Riordan

JUNE- The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross

JULY- The Reptile Room (A Series Of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket

AUGUST- Fortunately, the Milk- Neil Gaiman

SEPTEMBER- Saffy’s Angel – Hilary McKay

OCTOBER- Black Hearts in Battersea- Joan Aiken

NOVEMBER- Witch Child – Celia Rees

DECEMBER- Finding Jennifer Jones- Anne Cassidy

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

Round up of The British Book Challenge 2016

It’s that time of year again… time to reflect on the British Books I’ve read this year for the British Books Challenge. I read a grand total of 66 British books! (I shall add anymore to this post if I read more between now and 1st January) Yay!

The challenge involves reading 12 books from British authors, so I think we can safely say I smashed that number! 😉 I really enjoy finding British authors to read as much of my reading is dominated by US authors (they are amazing though!) Linked below are the reviews of the 66 British books that I read!

  1. Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green
  2. For Holly– Tanya Byrne
  3. Am I Normal Yet?– Holly Bourne
  4. The Demon Headmaster– Gillian Cross
  5. The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig– Emer Stamp
  6. The Haunting– Alex Bell
  7. In A Dark, Dark Wood– Ruth Ware
  8. The Number One Rule For Girls– Rachel McIntyre
  9. Carrie’s War-Nina Bawden
  10. The Sin Eater’s Daughter– Melinda Salisbury
  11. Radio Silence– Alice Oseman
  12. The Samaritan– Mason Cross
  13. Moving– Jenny Eclair
  14. More Of Me– Kathryn Evans
  15. The Next Together– Lauren James
  16. The Boy In The Dress– David Walliams
  17. Consumed– Abbie Rushton
  18. V is for Violet– Alison Rattle
  19. Read Me Like A Book– Liz Kessler
  20. Follow Me Back– Nicci Cloke
  21. Noble Conflict– Malorie Blackman
  22. When I Was Invisible– Dorothy Koomson
  23. Poppy’s Place– Karina Charman
  24. The Horse and His Boy– C.S. Lewis
  25. Orangeboy– Patrice Lawrence
  26. Always With Love– Giovanna Fletcher
  27. The Moonlight Dreamers– Siobhan Curham
  28. According To Yes-Dawn French
  29. The Borrowers– Mary Norton
  30. Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson
  31. The Castle– Sophia Bennett
  32. The Woman Next Door– Cass Green
  33. Songs About A Girl– Chris Russell
  34. Maggot Moon– Sally Gardner
  35. Shtum– Jem Lester
  36. The One We Fell In Love With– Paige Toon
  37. My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral– Ben Davis
  38. Cuckoo– Keren David
  39. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child– J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
  40. All About The Hype– Paige Toon
  41. The Girls– Lisa Jewell
  42. Head Over Heels– Holly Smale
  43. Crush– Eve Ainsworth
  44. Perijee and Me– Ross Montgomery
  45. How Not To Disappear– Clare Furniss
  46. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding– Jackie Copleton
  47. Looking for JJ– Anne Cassidy
  48. A Boy Made Of Bricks– Keith Stuart
  49. Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimes– Paula Harrison
  50. Isadora Moon Goes To School- Harriet Muncaster
  51. The Last Act of Love– Cathy Rentzenbrink
  52. Time To Say Goodbye– S.D. Robertson
  53. On The Other Side– Carrie Hope Fletcher
  54. Beautiful Broken Things– Sara Barnard
  55. The Widow– Fiona Barton
  56. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase– Joan Aiken
  57. Dead Romantic– C.J.Skuse
  58. Haunt Me– Liz Kessler
  59. Missing, Presumed– Susie Steiner
  60. Strange Star– Emma Carroll
  61. Ballet Shoes– Noel Streatfeild
  62. The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge
  63. Into The Trees– Robert Williams
  64. Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson
  65. Infinite Sky– C.J. Flood
  66. The Sleeping Prince– Melinda Salisbury

A massive thank you to Kirsty from Overflowing Library for hosting this challenge this year.

As this is one of my favourite challenges, I am definitely on board for 2017. In 2017, the challenge will be hosted by Michelle from Tales of Yesterday. Sign up here!

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit: The Demon Headmaster

The Demon Headmaster

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

Synopsis:

On Dinah’s first day at school she senses something is wrong. The kids work even during playtime, and are neat and behave well but what is the secret of the Headmaster’s control over them, and why are they afraid?

Thoughts:

When I think of Gillian Cross, I think of The Demon Headmaster, a book that I read numerous times when I was younger. I have such strong, fond memories of this book, thanks to Beth introducing me to the book. I enjoyed rereading it as an adult, I totally think that this book will still suit children even now! 

The Demon Headmaster centres around Dinah and her two foster brothers, Lloyd and Harvey. They go to a school where something is very, very wrong. Most of the school are so neat, well behaved and they work during playtime. The headmaster seems to have a crazy amount of control over the school, but why? Dinah, Lloyd and Harvey are determined to find out.

Despite the title, the headteacher in this book is certainly not demonic. He is creepy and mean though. I remember absolutely loving this book and devouring it page by page. Going back to it as an adult is great fun, especially as this book was published in 1982 (this book is older than me!) so some of the language choices are fantastically old-fashioned and made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Of course, visiting this book as an adult is a completely different reading experience. It wasn’t as flawless as I thought, yet I still think it’s an entertaining read, packed full of adventure. I can imagine could inspire some fantastic role play/creative writing (Damn, I’ve always got my teacher head on nowadays 😉 )

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

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge (February):
Carrie’s War- Nina Bawden

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The 2016 books are revealed!

2016 brings 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. In 2015, we enjoyed having a 6 modern options and 6 ‘old’ kid-lit classics.

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

JANUARY- The Demon Headmaster- Gillian Cross

FEBRUARY- Carrie’s War- Nina Bawden

MARCH- The Boy In The Dress- David Walliams

APRIL- Noble Conflict- Malorie Blackman

MAY- The Horse and His Boy- C.S Lewis

JUNE- The Borrowers- Mary Norton

JULY- Maggot Moon- Sally Gardner

AUGUST- Looking For JJ- Anne Cassidy

SEPTEMBER – The Wolves of Willoughby Chase-Joan Aiken

OCTOBER- Ballet Shoes- Noel Streatfeild

NOVEMBER- A Series of Unfortunate Events- Lemony Snicket 

DECEMBER- The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean In An Armchair- Lara Williamson

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

Top Ten Books From My Childhood (or teen years) that I’d love to revisit!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic are the top ten books from my childhood or teen years that I’d love to revisit.

As ever, click the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

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The Demon Headmaster- Gillian Cross– I recently reread this book for University and I still loved it as much as I did as a young child. I have fond memories of my sister reading this book (amongst many she read to me).

Matilda- Roald Dahl- It wouldn’t be a post about my favourite books as a child/teen without Roald Dahl. His books WERE my childhood. Matilda is one of my absolute favourites!

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Anything Enid Blyton. She was one of my favourites! Her books may feel a little dated now, but I think children still enjoy them!

I adored the Goosebumps series! Just SO good!

Double Act Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, #1)

My sister isn’t responsible for getting me into Jacqueline Wilson as a child. She had influenced a lot of my reading choices, but definitely not Jacqueline Wilson. She was far too mature for that when Jacqueline Wilson was gaining massive popularity. I still see Jacqueline’s books in the classroom and it makes my heart so happy! 😀

However, she totally influenced The Babysitter’s Club. I have so much nostalgia for this series. ❤

529252  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Another sisterly recommendation was Sweet Valley High. These covers look oh so dated now!

I started the Harry Potter series in my teens. I grew up with it!

To Kill a Mockingbird Lord of the Flies

Both To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of The Flies were my English Literature reads when I was fifteen. I absolutely adored both of them and have revisited them since. I’m sure I’ll revisit them again in the future.

Which books were your childhood/teen favourites? Do you like/dislike any on my list? Let me know! 🙂 Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by.