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The Covers of My Book are Too Far Apart (And Other Grumbles)

Written by Vivian French

Illustrated by Nigel Baines

Dyslexia Friendly Books for Interest age 5+ Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers General Fiction

LoveReading View on The Covers of My Book are Too Far Apart (And Other Grumbles)

A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child |

Whisper it, but not everyone automatically loves reading. Some people think they’re too busy to read, or that reading is just for school, or even say that reading is rubbish. This book points out just how wrong they are, countering each anti-book statement page by page in lively, funny text and illustrations. It’s an irrefutable argument, especially when presented with so much wit and invention. The book also poses some interesting questions for authors and publishers about those people we don’t see in our books and challenges them to think again too. A book to read, and a book to share.

Andrea Reece

Other Info

Publisher Barrington Stoke was inspired to create the Picture Squirrel Books titles after meeting a man with dyslexia at a book event.  “We were approached by a gentleman who told us that it broke his heart that he couldn’t read to his child because of his dyslexia,” M.D. Mairi Kidd told The Bookseller. “So we talked to Michael Morpurgo, who we were already working with on low text books [textbooks that use a limited number of words]."  The layout of picture books can be difficult for adults with dyslexia as the language and typeface are often very varied, the text can be cut into small chunks or is sometimes spun around a picture, which can make a book tricky if you don’t have good reading skills. Barrington Stoke worked with the authors and illustrators to ensure that the books are suitable for dyslexic readers and thereby helping more families grow a love of reading.

On the Picture Squirrels...Michael Morpurgo says: “I was immediately taken with the idea of the Picture Squirrel books, a picture book list that dyslexic parents and less confident readers can read with their children too.”

The Covers of My Book are Too Far Apart (And Other Grumbles) Synopsis

Is there such a thing as a ‘girl’s book’?

Does the Prime Minister read in bed?

If you don’t like a book, do you have to finish it? 

All these questions and more are tackled by a huge cast of diverse characters in award-winning author Vivian French’s witty celebration of books and reading, the right we all have to access the printed word, and the power of the story. This deliciously fun picture book presents a hilarious cast of Scarry-esque characters from illustration genius Nigel Baines.

Part of Barrington Stoke's picture book range for all the family, with easy-read font.

Sharing stories is one of the best things families can do for their children and the Picture Squirrel books published by Barrington Stoke all contain a cluster of dyslexia-friendly features to help and support parents and carers with dyslexia so that they too can enjoy great books with children in their care.

The Covers of My Book are Too Far Apart (And Other Grumbles) Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Amatullah Khatun, age 7 - 'What a brilliant title! You know it's going to be a fun book...It's very colourful and the illustrator, Nigel Baines has included all types of people from less-abled children to girls wearing hijab. For once Amatullah could say someone looks like her mum in the book.'
  • Christopher, Alessandro & Timotei, age 9 - Whitemoor Academy - You're never too busy to read....this book tells you why. Get ready for the ride of your life (or should I say read of your life).'
  • Aimee Whitemoor, age 9 - Whitemoor Academy - 'Reading is fun!  This book is about reading for everyone no matter if you're small or big you can still learn to read.'
  • Ollie Hopwood and Toby Hopwood, age 7 and 5 - 'This is a bright, wittily written and engagingly illustrated picture book. The analogy that learning to read is like learning to ride a bike caused a lightbulb moment for my kids.'

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ISBN: 9781781126028
Publication date: 15/03/2017
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781126028
Publication date: 15th March 2017
Author: Vivian French
Illustrator: Nigel Baines
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, General Fiction
Recommendations: Reluctant Readers, Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: Dyslexia Friendly Books for Interest age 5+

About Vivian French

Vivian French is a highly acclaimed children's author who has written more than 250 books during the course of  her career, including Caterpillar, Butterfly, The Tales from the Five Kingdoms series and Yucky Worms. Her recent work includes the critically acclaimed picture  book The Most Wonderful Thing in the World. Vivian teaches on the  illustration course at Edinburgh School of Art, and helped to found the  mentoring scheme Picture Hooks for aspiring young illustrators. She  lives in Edinburgh. Read further information about Vivian French here.  

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