Friday, 3 July 2015

Reading round-up

First this time comes The Amazing Human Body Detectives - facts, myths and quirks of the human body - by Maggie Li.

What is skin made of? What is inside a bogie? How do we grow? How do our eyes work? If these are the kind of questions you get asked then this book might just save your sanity as well as educate your offspring. The interactive visual guide to the human body for children aged 5+ is beautifully illustrated and packed-full of amazing facts about how our body works.

Next, a fun and engaging sci-fi adventure with strong themes about friendship and bullying. Danny Chaucer's Flying Saucer by Christopher Peter is a fantastic sci-fi adventure for children 7+ either for home or in the school.

Danny Chaucer is lonely. Life's boring since his best friend moved away. Nat Ford is the new girl in class and spends half her time trying to dodge the school bullies.

Nothing interesting ever happens in their dead-end village. Nothing that is until one still, starry night when something lands in the trees behind Danny's house. And then the sinister Captain Frost turns up, looking for something. There might be only one way to escape - and that's up...

With the holidays almost upon us and the possibility of trips to London in the offing, The London Activity Book by Esther Coombs - giving kids the chance to draw, doodle, colour in and cut out their own London adventure could well be a life- or harmony - saver.

What better way to interact with your environment on a trip to the Capital than by drawing it, (re)designing it, mapping it, spotting it and plotting it? And when you've finished, you can colour and send up to eight postcards telling all your friends about it!

Of course, no trip to London would be complete without a trip to London Zoo. But what if it rains? What if it's closed? What if you haven't the time or you simply hate the smell? Well, here's a wonderfully creative alternative - make your own. With Paper Zoo by Oscar Sabini (to be published in August) you can create a collage collection of your own zoo animals.

Finally, a book with a difference. Leap and the Lost Dinosaur in another interactive title from Leap Frog for use with the Leap Reader - especially useful if getting the weird and wonderful world of prehistoric names proves something of a tongue-twister? (How do you say Hypacrosaurus? And when was the Cretaceous period?)

Thanks to the Leap Reader this and a host of other fascinating facts will be at your little one's finger tips. And the words - long words, impressive words, Latin words - will be on the tips of their precocious little tongues.


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