Monday, 2 July 2018

Monthly Book Roundup - What we have been Reading in June

Each month I write about which books we have been reading during the month. I usually introduce Lily to 4 or 5 new books each month while at the same time reading some of our favourites. We have story time each night and always read 2-4 stories, depending on how tired she is. 

You can read all the other book roundups from the last 2 years here

Another month and so here is another selection of books.

This month we made sure there was one book all about dad in the selection due to having Fathers day this month. But the rest were chosen by Lily. 


1. Shopping with dad by Matt Harvey 
This was our favourite from this months selection. The story is quite a comical story all about dad getting sent out to the supermarket with his daughter and a shopping list. While they are there the daughter causes all sorts of chaos which lands dad into trouble. But dad doesn't mind as he finds all his daughters antics funny. The book has great rhyming to it and after you have read it a few times, it gets easier to read, as to begin with some of the sentences were a little tricky to roll off the tongue. Lily really enjoyed this and though lots of it was funny. She asked me to read this story many times. This is a really good book for fathers day if you are not looking for a lovey dovey type dad book. My partner enjoyed reading this story to Lily just for that reason. I picked this book up on a book stall at a market but it can be bought online. 

2. The Amazing Journey by Cheryl Hawkinson & Mary Eakin
This is a great story that is perfect for bedtime. It is all about a little boy who is about to go to sleep and starts to dream all about the toys around his room coming to life. He then has adventure after adventure with these toys including his favourite stuffed animal dragon that flies him through the sky. It is a great story for any child with a great imagination. The illustrations are also really colourful which also help keep a child engaged in the story. Lily enjoyed this story and thought it was excited that the toys were coming alive in his dream. I got sent this book by Igloo Books and you can buy this from their website. 

3. Superworm by Julia Donaldson 
I had heard really great things about this story and Julia Donaldson is one of our favourite authors but I must admit I wasn't carried away with this story. It is all about Superworm who is great at doing lots of things, and his friends all love him. He gets captured and then his friends go to rescue him. I didn't find the storyline as exciting as I had with other Julia Donaldson books and Lily didn't either. She didn't seem to understand the storyline and kept asking questions all the way through the book. Mostly asking why all the time. I find at bedtime it is better that Lily can relax and sit back and enjoy the story rather than having to ask questions. But just because Lily didn't like or understand the story doesn't mean other children wont. I have heard that it is some children's favourite book so it may be worth giving it a go. You can buy this book at most story book retailers. 

Which of the above stories do you like the sound of the best? 

8 comments:

  1. Shopping with Dad, nice theme. Thanks for including this book in Celebration of Fathers Day.

    Rachel Craig

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  2. The Amazing Journey :- Sounds good, think I would read it during the day. As with it being adventurous and exciting, little ones might be keen to chat about the book, share their views, etc.

    Rachel Craig

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  3. Superworm - would certaintly fure up imaginative chat

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  4. Superworm:- Probably so, so different from what children are used to, by the sounds of your review. As Superheros in children's cartoons, films and books:- Have Super Powers and can do Fantastic things. They do not come to harm, they Rescue people, etc.

    In Reality people, animals, plants, etc :- Live and die. Have limitations, etc, etc.

    Though an animal is the main character:- Seems there is a bit of Humanity. Superworm hit a barrier or limitation. He was captured, and didn't manage to get himself free. His friends who seemed lesser than him ( maybe in abilities, hierarchically, etc). Yet they care enough to attempt to free up their friend, and are Sucessful. Wonderful Friends, True Friendship. Maybe those who seem ordinary have unknown ( unexpected, unexpressed) talents, skills, etc.

    Possibly the aim of the book is to get the readers thinking, enquiriing, questioning. It is by being curious that we learn ( in my opinion). By sharing views etc :- We learn more about each other, the wider world, etc). Most Certainly seems like a book for during the day when we are likely to be alert, possibly able to put our minds into an enquiriing, thoughtful, considerate mode. Your Lily seems keen to learn lots.

    Rachel Craig

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  5. Anything Julia Donaldson is a winner with us - we love reading them together x

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  6. The Amazing Journey sounds really good. When buying books for children, I appreciate honest and thorough reviews like yours. Thank you.

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  7. Shopping with Dad looks fun and will rmind my grandchildren of Grandad too!

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  8. Shopping with Dad sounds funny

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