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Review – Possum Magic, How to Train a Viking & Birds

| September 20, 2010 | 3 Comments

Welcome back to Review Monday. Today I bring you books for under 5s, as well a book for over 5s. As my children are still little, the over 5s will be brought to you by Guest Posters – lovely children in my network of friends and readers aged 7-11yrs old. These are their favourite books and their words! I do hope you enjoy them! If you have a child in this age group, that would like to write a review for me, do get in touch! All books continue to feature on my amazon shop.

Don’t forget that I have a FABULOUS iphone App for you below: Birds: recognising their sounds + some lovely images and poems and general information.

Book Review – <5s Possum Magic

Possum MagicPossum Magic, by Mem Fox & Julie Vivas.  Read Together Age: from 2.5yrs

This is a lovely book, that we received as a gift from a lovely lady originally from Australia. She is a great source of book recommendations, as she is a primary school teacher and well read! Red Ted is just coming into the age of reading “proper stories”. No longer just picture books with simple storylines, but slightly more complex content. This book fit the bill perfectly.

It is a lovely story of 2 possums, Hush and Grandma Poss. Grandma Poss has magic powers and is able to turn Hush invisible to keep her safe from danger. One day though, Hush gets bored of being invisible and wants to be like everyone else again. But Grandma Poss can’t find the magic to turn Hush back to normal. She remembers that it has something to do with food and off they go on an adventure…

Beautifully illustrated, this is a lovely story. I love how it highlights the special relationship with a grandparent and that it is exciting without being frightening. Red Ted took to it straight away and requested repeat reading.

I also LOVE the fact that this is an “Australian” book. I love literature around the world and find this an excellent way to talk to Red Ted about different parts of the world and what they do there (like eat Anzac Biscuits) and where they go (like Melbourne) and what animals you may find (like crocs and of course possums). It also provides lovely and fresh variety to our library which has a strong British, German and American bias!

Book review – 5yrs+ How to Train Your Viking – Guest Post

How to Train Your Viking, by Toothless: Translated from the Dragonese by Cressida CowellHow to Train Your Viking, by Toothless: Translated from the Dragonese, by Cressida Cowell This is about a boy called Hiccup and his pet dragon called Toothless. This book is extremely funny. It features a special dragon language called Dragonese which is very funny. The Dragonese language creates funny situations. There are words like Menawashdibum and Menawashdiface which togethere mean “I do not want to have a bath”. A chocolate biscuit is a Chocolasnacksnack. I like all the Dragonese words, they make me and my younger brother laugh a lot. One night my brother couldn’t stop laughing about them.

I recommend this book to everyone. I think boys will like this book more. Though some girls might like it too. Age from earliest 5yrs to mum and dad age. Even mummy’s cousin likes it (who is over 50!)

Review written by The Boy Next Door nearly  8 yrs.

This is also the book that he Film “How train your dragon” is based on.

iphone App Review – Birds by Once Upon An App

Since starting the iphone app reviews at the beginning of the summer, I was lucky enough to get in touch with “Once Upon An App”. They kindly let me have a number of their Apps to review. What they all have in common, is that they all use beautiful old or old style illustrations to bring their Apps to life.

Our current favourite is “Birds”. This is an App designed to teach you about the songs of birds and a little bit about each one. You tap on a bird photo. You then hear 3 sounds and you have to pick the correct one. There is usually one “obviously” wrong one (like clapping) and two birds sounds, one of which is correct. Once you have found the right one, you are rewarded with said “Old style” illustration, a lovely little poem about that bird and background info. Lovely. I always let Red Ted “test” new Apps, by loading it and then leaving him to it. i.e. he soon sees if I have a new one or not. I then listen to which game he is playing. He comes back to the bird one frequently! So obviously a hit! Lovely. I love that he is learning, but not “just” about numbers and ABCs, but our enviornment and nature.

For more info on Once Upon An App, visit their blog here.

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  1. Holly says:

    Great reviews, especially from The Boy Next Door. I’ll have to show it to my nearly 8-year-old boy–that is definitely his kind of book.

  2. Hear hear on what you say about getting a different perspective with books away from the UK and US.

    As to How to train your viking, M (a girl, 5) ADORES the whole series by Cressida Cowell. Please treat yourself to any of the audiobooks David tennant has done for the series – they are really excellent!

  3. Love that you’re inviting older kids to share their perspective on books! If you’re anything like me, you’ll be keeping a collection of books to grow into!

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