Use YOUR IMAGINATION and this will take you a LOONG way....
A beautiful book (Journey by Aaron Becker) for your start of term or for your end of holiday stuck for something to do on a rainy day-so perfect for today where I am. The most exquisite drawings - just looking at one would give plenty of scope for some themed work and deep thinking at the beginning of term. Perfect for assemblies for everybody and an instant display with thought bubbles. Even better there's a sequel where the girl is joined by a friend in Quest.
Use YOUR IMAGINATION and this will take you a LOONG way....
PS I have it on totally good authority-not from a grown up but from a very inspired Yr 6 about to go into Yr 7 pupil. THANK YOU MATTHEW for showing me this little corker.
"I choose life over death for myself and my friends....I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown. The only true failure would be to not explore at all."
I feel I should have blogged about this book much sooner and I'm sure many of you already have it and/or know about it but William Grill's 'Shackleton's Journey' is a must have. Poppy remembered learning about Shackleton in primary school and I know she was quite fascinated by this explorer. Even if Shackleton's adventures didn't interest you before I think they will now. The book rightly won the Kate Greenaway medal this year and if you click on the link you can read all about the author and see many more of his fine illustrations. The book is full of tiny, intricate details which give it a kind of sketchbook, journal feel, drawing you into reading more. For example there are tiny drawings of the crew and then of all the dogs on board the Endurance.
This is the perfect book for inspiring young explorers and readers to finding out more and once again confirms that you dismiss 'picture books' at your peril. Books with words in and or pictures are great-please don't dismiss picture books as babyish. I did have a recent conversation with somebody who said their grand daughter was way beyond picture books now as he spurned the array laid out before him and only sought the books without pictures at all. Oh dear I said (and a lot more besides) and promptly picked up 'Flotsam' by David Wiesner for starters.
If you 'd like to browse through Shackleton or , let's face it just pop in and READ the whole thing at FOLK EAST this weekend that's where this book-and many others besides-will be so come and find STORYSHACK and read for yourself.
Storyshack will be open for much button deliberation with all the new lovely buttons and ribbons for book making this MONDAY 10-12pm. Now obviously this won't be appealing to you if you suffer from Koumpounophobia (there's one for a quiz question) but I can move them out of your way if it's tricky.
There are some lovely spots in the garden to book make, read outside and enjoy this glorious weather we're having :-)
'UnLondon is at war. We're under attack. And it's been written, for centuries, that you will come and save us.'
A fantasy, quirky read for readers from 11+ 'UnLunDun' by China Mieville is a really clever read with quite bizarre images and lots of humour. You have to concentrate, particularly on the word play. It's really clever-sometimes you need to read, assimilate and cogitate for a little bit because there's lots of detail to take in. The story is about two girls who stumble upon another world, the world of UnLunDun where bad things are happening and need to be stopped. The jumping Ninja dustbins are just a small part of this very eclectic mix of characters.
There are lots of favourite parts but I really liked the clever idea of words being in charge of themselves and how we are not necessarily in charge of their meaning even though we've said them:
"Or even,' Deeba said, 'like some words that mean something but they've got like a feeling of something else, so if you say them you might be saying something you don't mean to. Like if I say someone's really nice then I might mean it , but it sounds a little bit like they're boring. You know?'
'Yeah,' said Hemi. 'Yeah'.
'The thing is,' Deeba said, eyeing Mr Speaker, 'you could only make words do what you wanted if it was just you deciding what they mean. But it isn't. It's everyone else too. Which means you might want to give them orders, but you aren't in total control. No one is.'
It's a good read for the holidays-you can escape into a different world and you have the time to give to it too. I think ti's one you need to read in big chunks so you are in the swing of all the clever quirkiness :-)
'She showed that the answers to everything can be found in one of 3 places....your books, your brain or your heart'
So you can come and use all 3 at Storyshack and create a beautiful book for journalling in the holidays, for drawing in, writing jokes in, make comic strips in, writing in...just like these:
Two picture books for Father's Day or any day, for that matter. 'Daddy I can't sleep' by Alan Durant and Judi Abbot is the first one. A sweet little book about a little panda who can't sleep. Yes there are a few books about not being able to sleep but not being able to sleep when you're little is horrible for everyone so I don't think there's anything wrong with having different small creatures who are facing the same issue. In this case Panda Daddy takes the little panda out to see what is really out about in the dark. It reminds me a little of Plop who discovers that dark is kinder than he thought in the end. The pictures are very charming and natural-a sweet read and also some ideas to try in case you have a non sleeper.
The second is "My Dad's the Best'' by Nicholas Allan. I first came across Nicholas Allan with 'The Queen's Knickers' which has made many a good present over the years. This one is a rhyming, funny and touching book about Dad and doesn't really need much explanation. It's jolly, quirky and feel good and will make you smile.
Here is Daisy, star of Eat your peas but then some very popular chapter books and lots of things to do right at the end of the book too-quizzes and all sorts. Tilly is a big fan and knows much more about Daisy than me. She's also a discerning young reader who is really starting to think about why she likes books SO if she recommends DAISY it'll be GOOD. So these are her thoughts on the Daisy books. You have to imagine the grinning and giggling that went on when she was telling me about the silly things that Daisy gets up to-they are definitely LAUGH OUT LOUD.
Daisy books: 'I love them all. 9/10 THey’re really funny and surprising. Daisy steals penguins, throws maggots in someone’s pants. She picks a dib dab off the ground and eats it and then has a tummy ache.THere’s forcefields around coconuts as she tries to knock them off the stand and they don’t come off. Daisy uses the word actually a lot.'
I think it's worth reading about any young lady who steals penguins from the zoo and basically does what everybody has probably thought when they see them there.
'The Invisible Boy' By Sally Gardner:
"This book is really good and a bit scary but I still enjoyed it a lot. It is fun to read and I love it. It is about a boy whose mum and dad go to the moon and he has to go and stay somewhere. He was going to stay with his friend but his friend was ill so he had to go and stay with his evil next door neighbour......"
BOTH REVIEWS COURTESY OF TILLY DEDICOAT. THANK YOU TILLY AND VERY HAPPY READING :-) We look forward to sharing some more of your recommendations
Never fear, there are still some Oliver Jeffers very special tattoos and lovely stickers all the way from his studio in NY at STORYSHACK. We haven't used them all up :-) Had a lovely visit from some old STORYSHACK friends today. Amy and Joe are old hands are playing, creating and imagining and really I didn't need to be here at all. Joe got on with fishing and creating a village whilst Amy created the most delightful book with a very ingenious way of keeping all the pages in.
"I had a lovely time in Storyshack + it is a great place if you want to read by yourself. I would really recommend it. "
Lovely lovely books made at Wednesday's Storyshack and more fun to be had tomorrow if you'd like to come along. Lovely family new to Storyshack have been book making since : "My daughters, Isabella and Amelie, enjoyed very much and already asking to be back at yours soon. They were so inspired by you so much, they "made" notebooks for their daddy for Father's day!"
As I'm sure you'll agree here are some more very beautiful books of different shapes and sizes withe plenty of room for interesting writing.
SO COME AND CURL UP WITH A BOOK TOMORROW INSIDE OR OUT-you know you want to...
Rainy day but sunny inside with cosy books, company and book making. Here's a very smart looking book made by a very dapper young chap who is going to be a writer in residence later on at Storyshack with his portable typewriter. As you can see the book already has plenty of writing in which just goes to show how making a book does really IMMEDIATELY inspire you into just creating. There is even an interview with Storyshack in there too.
Avid reader, sometimes a headteacher AND founder of Story shack. A place where you can release your imagination and see where it takes you....