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A former teacher, Margaret Ryan is now one of Scotland’s most prolific and imaginative writers for young people. She has written the Fat Alfie and Airy Fairy series for Scholastic, the Operation Boyfriend and Little Blue series for Hodder, and two Littlest Dragon titles for HarperCollins. In 2000, she won the Scottish Arts Council
Award for The Queen’s Birthday Hat.
Entertainingly spooky and delightfully peculiar, Jonny Smith recounts the problem he has on his round when it comes to delivering in Weird Street. He knows he shouldn’t really be frightened of the people who live there but trying even to find the front door of Dr Sphinx’s house can prove pretty tricky. An entertaining and complete first short book. To view other titles set on Weird Street, click here.
Weird Street is a terrific little four book series that will get 6-9 year old boys (in particular) and girls really reading and enjoying it. Weird Street is on Johnny's paper round, a bizarre, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he meets and befriends a whole range of oddballs and mysterious neighbours. The books are wonderfully imaginative and best of all, particularly for the reluctant reader, quite short. Check out the rest of the Weird Street series. Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
Weird Street is a terrific little four book series that will get 6-9 year old boys (in particular) and girls really reading and enjoying the experience. Weird Street is on Johnny's paper round, a bizarre, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he meets and befriends a whole range of oddballs and mysterious neighbours. The books are wonderfully imaginative and best of all, particularly for the reluctant reader, quite short. Check out the first in the Weird Street series - The Curse of Captain Cross-eye. Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds features exciting fiction and non-fiction decodable readers to enthuse and inspire children. They are fully aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 1-6 and contain notes in the back. The Handbooks provide support in demonstration and modelling, monitoring comprehension and expanding vocabulary. Down in the farmyard the frogs sing cheep , but Little frog can only bark gruff and the other frogs don't like it. Will he find any frogs who will accept him? This sweet, patterned story is beautifully illustrated and written by Margaret Ryan. Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language Pages 14 and 15 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. This book focuses on adjacent consonants with short vowel phonemes. Reading notes within the book provide practical support for reading Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds with children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
Amelia and Rory set up the Pet Finders Agency to earn some money. Their first job is to look for Mrs Collins's cat Nelson. Their search leads them to a cave and a pair of thieves as well as the cat. Part of the Bug Club reading series used in over 3500 schools Helps your child develop reading fluency and confidence Suitable for children age 8-9 (Year 4) Book band: Grey A Phonics phase: n/a
When Zara wishes for a new dress for the school party she doesn't expect to see a fairy godbrother land in her room, especially when he tries to text-a-spell with unpredictable results! Will Zara ever get her dream dress? * Collins Big Cat Progress builds confidence, helping struggling pupils not only to read, but to love reading * Dual-banded books provide age-appropriate interest level material matched with a lower reading ability level * Every book is levelled by reading expert Cliff Moon to ensure precise, systematic, measurable progression to help close the ability gap * The books use a range of reading strategies: phonic, graphic, syntactic and contextual to build confident, accurate, fluent readers * Designed to build speaking and listening skills, as well as reading skills, the books are highly visual and include incredible illustrations and photographs * Every book has a Key Stage 2 look-and-feel to engage older pupils and avoid stigmatisation * Topics are relevant for children in years 3-6 and connected to the curriculum and framework objectives for these years to support inclusion * Progress titles contain a Reader Response page to encourage the pupil to respond to and recall what they have read. This offers an ideal opportunity to check comprehension * Ideas for Reading, written by primary literacy expert Gill Howell are included in the back of every book to help you support the reading needs of each child * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader
The paper boys on Weir Street don't normally stick around for long ...It's definitely weirder than your average street. After venturing past all the strange houses, number 57 looks suspiciously normal. The garden is neat and the letterbox is gleaming. But then the letterbox nearly snaps his fingers off and the door opens to reveal the tall and imposing figure of Violet King. If Miss King's connection with Viking warriors is only through her ancestry then why has she got a helmet on the table? The Weird Street mini-series follows Jonny on his bizzare, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he bumps into a whole range of oddballs and mysterious neighbours.
Jonny Smith's paper round takes him along Weir Street. The paper boys don't normally stick around for long and he soon understands why ...It's definitely weirder than your average street. And this time Jonny has to deliver a paper to Doctor Sphinx. Will he be brave enough to find out what is lurking in the deep jungly garden? The Weird Street mini-series follows Jonny on his bizzare, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he bumps into a whole range of oddballs and mysterious neighbours.
The paper boys on Weir Street don't normally stick around for long ...It's definitely weirder than your average street. Jonny has already encountered the pirate at number 13 but there are some even stranger people in Weird Street. Like Mr Tipp at 34 and a half. When Jonny ventures into Mr Tipp's house, he finds it full of strange inventions and ingenious uses for everyone else's junk. The Weird Street mini-series follows Jonny on his bizzare, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he bumps into a whole range of oddballs and mysterious neighbours.
Scratch and Sniff is a cops and robbers story with a difference. Scratch and Sniff are a collie and a dachshund belonging to W.P.C Rosy Penrose. She is a little bit ditsy and is always given the rotten jobs to do by Sergeant Snide. When there's been a big robbery at Doogood's department store, Rosy is left behind to count traffic cones. As usual, she never gets to see any of the real police action. Until, that is, Scratch and Sniff decide to help out...
Abby can't wait for the arrival of her wild Grandma Aphrodite from Oz - and when they meet, she's not disappointed! In her sheepskin coat, crocodile boots and sixties' clothes (not to mention that mysterious trunk - what could be inside it?), Aphrodite walks into Abby and her mum's life and turns it upside down. Soon they're dancing to The Beatles, bringing chaos to the neighbourhood, and hatching a brilliant plan to find Mum a man ...
The second book about the Littlest Dragon who has the biggest and best ideas. Familiar family stories for beginner readers. Two more stories about the Littlest Dragon who is the tenth child in the Dragon family. With nine older brothers, No 10 has to be ever more resourceful to get what he wants. In the first story, he is determined to get to the breakfast table before his brothers, so he can get the freebie gift from the cereal box. After three attempts, he manages it, with the help of a feather duster and 9 pairs of tickly toes. In the second story, the Littlest Dragon is left at home while his older brothers go to the big dragons' swimming pool. In his resourceful way, the Littlest Dragon wins the day when the only pool open that day, is the one for younger dragons. With plenty of repetition and alliteration, this book is perfect for children who are just able to read on their own. Hugely popular with Year 2s throughout the UK.
A third title about the little dragon with the big ideas! Although he's the littlest, he has the biggest and funniest ideas for getting his own way. Two more stories about the Littlest Dragon who is the tenth child in the Dragon family. With nine older brothers, No 10 has to be ever more resourceful to get what he wants. In the first story, it's Littlest Dragon's birthday. But he never gets to play with any of his birthday presents because his big brothers get there first. Fed up with this, he and his cousin Emerald hatch a plot to get them out of the way... and, as usual, he wins the day! In the second story the littlest dragon wins Dragon McFeet's football boots in a raffle - much to his older brothers disgust. Perfect for children who are just reading on their own. There's plenty of repetition and alliteration, illustrations on every page and a lively story to follow the first two successful books.
Part of the Rigby Star Family|, this Rigby Star Independent reader is levelled for independent, follow-on reading from the KS1 guided reading sessions. |, this reader is levelled for independent, follow-on reading from the KS1 guided reading sessions.
Rigby Rocket offers a wide range of engaging stories and non-fiction texts. Written by much-loved children's authors, the books have been expertly levelled to ensure your children are able to read them independently.
Genre: Mystery story Learning Objectives: Language Comprehension Strand 8: Explain their reactions to the text, commenting on important aspects. Writing Opportunities Strand 9: Sustain form in narrative, including use of person and time (e.g. writing an alternative story ending).
The Rockets series contains lively and humorous stories for children who are just beginning to enjoy reading. The series is aimed at developing reading ability and the text is integrated with illustrations using speech bubbles, thought bubbles and sound effects.
Genre: A simple play in a traditional story setting. Learning Objectives: Word Recognition Strand 5: Read more challenging texts which can be decoded using their acquired phonic knowledge and skills, along with automatic recognition of high frequency words. Language Comprehension Strand 4: Act out their own and well-known stories, using voices for characters.