Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books that we’re thankful for! Here are mine…

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

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I’m thankful that this beautiful book is out there for everyone to enjoy. It’s an incredible book with such wonderful characters.

Harry Potter- J.K.Rowling

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

I absolutely loved growing up with this amazing series.

One- Sarah Crossan

One

Such a heart-warming read.

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

A simply beautiful book!

Reasons To Stay Alive- Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

I’m forever thankful that Matt was so honest in this memoir.

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

This book broke my heart. I absolutely adored it. It’s a book I highly recommend to many, even those that don’t enjoy women’s fiction.

The Reason I Jump-Naoki Higashida

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

This book struck a chord with me. It made me think differently about autism.

Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

I was happy to discover Matilda, the wonderful bookworm, when I was younger! I still love her now!

Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mister Tom

I remember reading this for the first time in secondary (high) school. I was absolutely blown away by this book. It captured my attention and has a very special place in my heart.

Lord Of The Flies- William Golding

Lord of the Flies

Another book I discovered at school. I loved it then and it’s a book I’ve reread a few times.

Which books are you thankful for? Let me know! Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating this week!

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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!

Top Ten Books I Aim To Read To My Class This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a back to school freebie. Now, I don’t start back until September, but I thought I’d mention 10 books I’m going to read to my class this year! This year I’m teaching 6-7 year olds!

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

Lost and Found (The Boy, #2)

This is the first book I’m going to read with my class. It’s a quick read about a boy and a penguin who become good friends!

Up and Down (The Boy, #4)

I’ve heard that this book goes beautifully with Lost and Found! 

George's Marvellous Medicine

I enjoyed reading this book with my first class! So I’m looking forward to going back to it.

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

I really like twists on fairy tales, so I’m intrigued to see what this one is like!

The Bolds

I’m looking forward to reading this book as I’ve heard great things. I’m wondering if I should pre-read it as Julian Clary is known for being full of innuendos. I’m sure the children won’t get it, but I have an inner worry! 😉

Beware Of The Storybook Wolves

This book sounds super cute! 🙂 I like Lauren Child’s writing so I’m sure this’ll be a hit!

Meerkat Mail

I have heard good things about this book! 🙂 It does look like a sweet read.

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

I adore this book and my first class loved it too, so I’m excited to see what they make of it!

There Is No Dragon In This Story

LOVE the look of this one.

The Three Bears ... Sort Of

I love combining well known stories and reading them with a twist!

What have you done for your back to school freebie? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post this week and I’ll stop by.

Ten Memorable Dads In Literature

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Father’s Day freebie. I decided to go with some of the most memorable father’s in literature…so here goes!

  • Mr WormwoodMatilda– Roald Dahl- He’s an awful father. He doesn’t care about his wonderfully intelligent daughter!
  • Lucius MalfoyHarry Potter– J.K. Rowling- He encourages Draco to be unkind to others. He makes Draco think he’s far superior. I don’t like that!
  • George Mole- Adrian Mole– Sue Townsend- George is hardly a role model to Adrian!
  • Old Nick- Room– Emma Donoghue- Thinking of the character just makes my blood boil.

Now some memorable in a good way fathers! 

  • Otto Frank- The Diary of Anne Frank– Anne Frank- Without Otto, we wouldn’t have Anne’s diary.
  • Hans HubermannThe Book Thief– Markus Zusak- I featured Rosa in my mother list, so I couldn’t help but mention Hans too. He’s a super sweet father.
  • Atticus FinchTo Kill A Mockingbird– Harper Lee- I couldn’t put together a list about fathers and not include Atticus. He’s super special. Kind, caring, respectful and he truly loves his children.
  • Bob CratchitA Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens- He just wanted to do well by his family!
  • Arthur WeasleyHarry Potter- J.K. Rowling- Loved his wife, mentioned his wife in my mothers list, so of course had to include him. A set of wonderful (present) parents!
  • Carson DrewNancy Drew- Carolyn Keene- I loved reading about Nancy’s father when I was younger. I remember always thinking he sounded amazing!

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

Top Ten Freebie- Ten Books I’ve Recently Read To Children

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s a freebie which means we can pick what we’d like to list! I’ve decided to pick ten books I’ve recently read to my class. If you don’t know already, I’m a primary school teacher- I teach 7-9 year olds. I absolutely love reading to them and I’ve read some gems with them since 2015 when I started with my first class.

The World’s Worst Children- David Walliams

The World's Worst Children

They absolutely adored this book. There’s loads of characters who all get a chapter each. These children are horrendous and so fun to read about like Nigel Nit Boy and Windy Mindy.

Billionaire Boy- David Walliams

Billionaire Boy

This is a book that we’ve recently finished. They absolutely adored it and it had them laughing out loud many a time. It’s all about a boy who comes from a rich family who is desperately trying to fit in.

Stone Age Boy- Satoshi Kitamura

Stone Age Boy

This book was great as a hook into our topic of the Stone Age.

Stone Age, Bone Age- Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom

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This is factual but great fun.

Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

I will always love Roald Dahl and this book warms my heart. They absolutely adored it and loved to hate the Trunchbull.

The B.F.G.- Roald Dahl

The BFG

Another one they loved. They still talk about whizzpoppers now, it’s amazing!

George’s Marvellous Medicine- Roald Dahl

George's Marvellous Medicine

They loved to hate the wonderfully awful Grandma!

The Twits- Roald Dahl

The Twits

The Twits is such a great read. They were howling with laughter.

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl

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

Another one they lapped up quickly. My class were so immersed in Roald Dahl.

My Brother’s Famous Bottom- Jeremy Strong

My Brother's Famous Bottom

I tried this book with my class as the author is said to be similar to Roald Dahl. They liked it and of course, loved the word bottom!

Have you read any of these books? Who is your favourite children’s author? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by.

Top Ten Tuesday: All About The Villains!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all about the villains! I loved putting this list together. I love a bookish villain!

Voldemort and Dolores Umbridge- Harry Potter

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Voldemort has to be one of the ultimate villains in children’s literature. He’s so evil, I love to hate him. Dolores Umbridge also drove me mad but I loved it. J.K. Rowling sure knows how to write a villain!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda

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I used to be terrified of Miss Trunchbull when I was younger. She scared my class too, but they loved it at the same time.

The Grand High Witch- The Witches

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The Grand High Witch is such a fantastic character. I really wanted to read this book to my last class but I think it would have scared them.

Amy- Gone Girl

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Amy is a messed up character. She freaked me but I LOVED it.

The White Witch- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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Ooh, The White Witch was evil and powerful. Loved to read about her.

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca

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I found Mrs Danvers to be so creepy. She got under my skin.

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles

Love Queen Levana. I felt like Fairest helped to get to know the character more. I think she’s a fantastic villain.

President Snow- The Hunger Games

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You have to have a great villain in a series like The Hunger Games. I think President Snow was a perfect villain.

Ty- Stolen

Ty got under my skin because he was so awful yet somehow you ended up feeling sorry for him? How does that work!?

Who are your favourite villains? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

The BFG- A film review

As several might know I am a HUGE Roald Dahl fan. I’ve used his books in the classroom. I devoured them as a child. I’ve watched all of the adaptations. When I heard that they were remaking The B.F.G I was a little worried. This book is one of my favourites. I worried that it would be ruined. Whilst I don’t think it’s a flawless film, I was pleasantly surprised.

Things I liked:

  • Mark Rylance was a fabulous BFG. He was endearing, funny and true to the character in the book.
  • Ruby Barnhill was a fantastic Sophie.
  • The wonderful BFG-isms were present.
  • Fantastic imagery.
  • Some scenes (namely the whizzpopper scenes, especially the one at the palace) were done so well.

Things I didn’t like:

  • Sophie was a little bit too fiesty in places.
  • Added extras. I understand it’s for the movie ‘experience’ but I didn’t think the inclusion of another child added much to the story. I know it’s going to confuse my class who are so familiar with the book.
  • The giants weren’t nearly scary enough. Quentin Blake’s illustrations terrified me as a child! Even in the 1989 cartoon version they were scarier.

Would I recommend it?:
Despite my reservations and little niggles- yes!