We were sent two children’s books from Waterstones and as always eldest was keen to read the new books as soon as they arrived. He is an avid reader of both fiction and reference books. He enjoys expanding his knowledge base, telling us facts he has gleaned from the pages. You can often find him lost in a good book; to be honest I was pretty much the same as a child.
The two I selected were aimed at children 5-8 years old but my eldest is a particularly confident reader at 8, so would have been fine with the books in the 9-12 years old category. But he already has all the Wimpy Kid books and many by the author David Walliams too, so we decided to see what Claude: Lights! Camera! Action! and Mister Cleghorn's Seal would be like instead.
But eldest is not one to pass up a good book, regardless of whom it is targeted at he was quick to tuck himself in bed and start flicking through the pages.
Claude: Lights! Camera! Action! has very colourful funny illustrations that will certainly appeal to your children. I love the gorilla in a dressing gown with a dainty cup of tea especially!
There are plenty more books featuring Claude on his adventures, so I can imagine we will be adding more to our shelves as time goes by. Claude was picked for a Waterstone's Children's Book Prize which gives you some indication of the quality of the book for its audience.
The humour is a bit out there, but that will only help to capture their attention and make them want to read more and there is nothing quite like hearing the laughter of your child as they read. It is one of my most favourite sounds, when you know they are really enjoying reading.
The other book we were sent Mister Cleghorn's Seal it is very well written with Judith Kerr line illustrations bringing the book to life. It is a heart-warming tale of Mister Cleghorn trying to find a home for an abandoned seal pup. Both my boys would probably do the same; I can imagine them coming home with some animal or other in need of assistance. Not sure why eldest is wearing ear defenders possibly as he wants to focus on the book without any distractions...
Youngest is still very tentative about reading, so it is lovely having two new books I can read to him. But we keep going and slowly and surely he is getting there. We did uncover one of the reasons he was so reluctant to try and that was because he had thought that naturally at 18 everyone could suddenly read. So he had decided with his own twisted logic (bless him) that he did not need to put in all the effort as when he become an adult he would just be reading like everyone else… I am glad we had the conversation though as he seems a bit more encouraged to learn now!