Books for kids
This week’s children’s books recommendations from ReadingZone.
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Why do Farts Smell Like Rotten Eggs?
By Mitchell Symons
Published by Red Fox
Why do farts smell? Why do we burp? Do lemmings really jump off cliffs? This is a smart and funny approach to trivia with buckets-full of answers to the kinds of questions that kids ask.
You can leave them to read the book, or swot up some interesting facts to impress them. When they are doing their History homework, be ready to explain that the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme was based on King Louis XV1 of France who lost his ‘crown’, and other amazing facts.
It’s a perfect read for children who avoid fiction – or even books – as the layout invites them to ‘dip in’ to the pages when they want. Boys will, of course, be impressed by the title.
The Naughtiest Girl in the School
By Enid Blyton
Published by Hodder Children’s Books
The Naughtiest Girl in the School was Enid Blyton’s first boarding school story and it’s been republished here in a special classic edition with wonderfully old-fashioned black and white illustrations.
Elizabeth Allen is spoilt and selfish. When she is sent away to boarding school she decides to be the naughtiest pupil there – but she soon finds out that being bad isn’t that simple.
Boarding school stories continue to appeal to today’s children, especially post Harry Potter, and whether children are Blyton fans or not, this story has plenty of appeal with its page-turning action, mischief and friendships. Once you’ve got them hooked on this story, there are plenty more to follow.