Books for kids
This week’s children’s books recommendations from ReadingZone.
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Me and You
By Anthony Browne
Published by Doubleday
This is a wonderful retelling by Anthony Browne of the Goldilocks fairy tale, which Browne gives a contemporary twist. A girl becomes lost after chasing her balloon and, weary of walking the forbidding inner city streets, she enters the house of the three bears which looks bright and welcoming.
However, all is not well in the world of the Bears in Browne’s story. Baby Bear is well looked after but lonely – his parents are too busy thinking about work and housework – and when ‘Goldilocks’ runs safely into the arms of her mother at the end of the story, it is Baby Bear we are left feeling sorry for.
Browne shows that it is ‘Goldilocks’s’ grey cityscape that has the warmth of a real home, not the Bears’ fairytale world.
How to Survive Summer Camp
By Jacqueline Wilson
Published by Oxford University Press
With our thoughts turning to the summer holidays, Jacqueline Wilson fans will be thrilled to see this new edition of How to Survive Summer Camp in the bookshops this month.
Stella is dumped at Evergreen Summer Camp while her mum swans off to Europe on her honeymoon. Stella’s summer holiday at Evergreen doesn’t look promising and gets off to a bad start with her roommates, snobby Louise and nasty Karen, and threatens to get worse until she begins to get the better of her roommates, and her fear of swimming.
Once they’ve read the story, there are loads of quizzes and activities at the back of the book for readers to enjoy.