Horrid Henry’s Royal Riot, review

Horrid Henry’s Royal Riot, by Francesca Simon, Illustrated by Tony Ross this is the latest book we have been sent by Orion Publishers. Horrid Henry’s Royal Riot is a lovely hardback book with 4 stories in an early reader format. This means that they are beautiful broken up with the colourful illustrations that you come to expect from Horrid Henry books. This book has Horrid Henry’s Thanks you Letter, Meets the Queen, Moody Margaret School and Sports day. Each story has been broken down into chapters and then laced with the bright illustrations.

I will confess as a parent not liking the stories at first when the boy started to bring them home from school. But I have defiantly warmed to the character of Henry. He really is the typical downtrodden child, misunderstood and not really as bad as everyone says. The boy is always reluctant to read a big book like this, but had no problem whizzing through this one as the words are clear and the stories easy to follow. we both liked the royal theme and I loved the crowns, this is a big heavy book, so best read lying on the bed! which is where I found the boy.

We give this a big thumbs up and a 4/5 it retails at £12.99 so is a bit pricey but would make a great addition to a bookshelf.
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Do you Speak English, Moon? our book review

Do you Speak English, Moon? is from Orion books, written by the author Francesca Simon and illustrated by Ben Cort. This is a lovely engaging story of a small boy and his conversations with the moon.

“It’s not lonely falling asleep when you share your days adventures with the moon…”

This is such a beautifully written and illustrated book, and when you find out the author also wrote the Horrid Henry series you can understand why. I have often asked questions to the moon when I was younger. Sometime I also found it a comfort to see it shining there in the night sky. At a time when children are often on their own, this is a lovely story of reassurance that there is someone there to listen. I loved reading about the little boys adventures, and especially love the mountain page where you need to turn the book around. I remember when the boy was small and we had a different book that you turned somehow this seemed to engage smaller children. The illustrations bring the pages to life, and looked very familiar, then I realised we had other books illustrated by Ben like the classic Aliens love underpants. I think this book is one to be read to or by all ages of children, with so much to look at and new things to spot each time you do. My favourite is the little ginger cat who hides on the pages.

Do you speak English, Moon? is a hardback book, and was published on 12th September 2013 it has a RRP £9.99, I think a standard price for a hardback book of this quality. This book has something quite magical about it and I think all children will grow to love the story. I am sure in time this book will become a bedtime classic in many a child’s home and for this reason we give it 5/5.


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Deadly 60 Factbook

Deadly 60 factbook: Fish, Squid and Jellyfish

We were sent Deadly 60, Factbook, Fish, Squid and Jellyfish to read over the summer holidays and as a family of Deadly fans this book was not going to disappoint!
This factbook is part of a series produced by Orion books and some of the other titles are Mammals, Insects & Spiders, and Reptiles & Amphibians. The factbook is a great pocket size so was great for popping in our suitcase or rucksack over the holidays, as something to dip in and out of on the go. It is a paperback book, but being good quality paper will still stand up to some abuse. We did lots of car travel and this was a good book to pop in the car to keep the boy entertained. There are 78 full coloured pages in our factbook and a great mixture of words and pictures. The fonts are nice and easy to read and I think this would be suited for children aged 4+. The facts are in manageable sections which make this book great for reading in small parts, and also great for picking up as a reference book for school projects.
I love the full colour pages to this book, it makes it very engaging and exciting for children and certainly kept the boy interested. I asked the boy what he thought of the book and he said “its weird”, I think he means it has some strange pictures, there certainly are a few weird looking squid!

We loved this book, and being a great pocket book it deserves a 5/5 from all of us.
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Ghosts of the Forest by Steve Backshall

Ghosts of the Forest by Steve Backshall is the second in a series of books called the Falcon Chronicles.

Saker and Sinter have split up. Sinter is nursing in the shanties of Ho Chi Minh city. Saker is with the peace-loving Penan helping them protect the orang utans and save their own forest homes, as unscrupulous loggers wreak destruction. But they are being watched. And hunted. The Prophet has not forgiven their betrayal. Escaping the Clan takes …

Ghosts of the forest is described as Action Danger and Adventure, and we think this is a fitting description. The boy has started to read this book, it is very grown up and at points he has struggled to read this on his own. We decided this is more of a book to read together. It is an exciting and quite thrilling story with elements of mystery in it and certainly has captured the boys imagination and has encouraged some good questions. These have mainly been about words he hadn’t understood, and have certainly enriching his vocabulary.

For Steve Backshall fans ghosts of the forest doesn’t disappoint, it is full of animals as well as some interesting characters, and you don’t have to have read the first book to be able to understand the plot. I think when we have finished reading this one we may go back and read Tiger Wars.

We think this is a good read, although I would recommend it for competent readers and slightly older children as the boy did lose interest with the size and amount of pages. I think the ideal age for this book would be 7+ and we gave this book a 4/5

Have a look at the Orion Star website HERE for lots more Deadly 60, and Steve books…

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