I’m back today with a few more book reviews for children of different reading stages and ages.
I am reviewing three books covering toddlers, young children and tweens … with a little help from my three daughters. I hope that by offering opinions from my own children, it essentially gives other parents a really insight into what kids really think of some of the books that are available to them – these are essentially book reviews by kids for kids.
Previously on the blog, I have covered the topics of how to encourage young people to read throughout their school years, even during the school holidays – I learned a great deal from these guest posts by Dymocks Literacy Expert Ryan Spencer.
At my request, Dymocks also provided a list of book recommendations for different age groups in these posts and I recently received a book for each of my girls, who are aged one, seven and 11, to review.
You can also read my past book reviews for different reading stages here.
Let’s begin with emerging readers (aged under five years)…
Hello Little Babies by Alison Lester
This cute picture book celebrates the differences and similarities between six babies and the ways they play, eat, explore and sleep as they grow from babies to toddlers.
Beautiful, soft and relaxing illustrations accompany the rhyming story of this book, which is perfect for families with young children or expecting a little one of their own.
It is a particularly lovely book to read before bedtime as it ends with a goodnight farewell.
Now let’s move on to beginner readers (aged 5-7+ years)…
Weirdo7 Mega Weird! by Anh Do
Miss 7 loves the Weirdo series of books. So much so, she devoured this entire book in one sitting during the last school holidays – a day well spent in my opinion!
“It was funny and I think they are good books. (In this book) they have a garage sale day and after that they go into a writing competition because they want to get some money to get Grandma Do over from Vietnam because they haven’t seen her in ages,” she said.
The books are thoroughly entertaining, with simple illustrations to maintain children’s interest in the storyline.
Miss 7 is a keen reader so this was a pretty quick read for her, and it may even be slightly easy for her reading level, but she really enjoys these books. These books are a little longer than some of the others she reads so I think it helps balance it all out.
Finally for fluent readers (aged 10-11+ years)…
The Song From Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold
There’s only one word for this book – terrific. It was definitely my favourite of the titles we were given to review. The storyline features some mild supernatural, otherworldly themes, but ultimately the book is about true friendship, resilience and rising above the dark shadows of life. I truly loved this book and I would highly recommend it for children aged 10-13, but it’s even a good read for adults.
Miss 11 was equally impressed and loved the book too:
“There’s a girl who gets bullied and a boy helps her. She goes over to his house and she hears music and tries to find out where it’s coming from and realises that there’s more to this boy than you can see,” she said.
“I really liked this book and found it interesting, sad and awesome. All these spooky things happen at the end of the book. It kept getting more interesting as you read. There are also some really good illustrations in the book.”
The illustrations she mentions are some truly fabulous, detailed black and white sketches by Levi Pinfold that feature throughout the book and really help set the dark tone of the story. My daughter was rather mesmerised by these drawings and often called me over just to show me how good they were.
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*This is not a sponsored post, however I was gifted three books from Dymocks for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.