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Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Family problems of an unusual kind make life complicated for Kevin. With vampires for parents, he does his best to control them but things can’t help getting out of hand… Blood is their favourite drink so it isn’t surprising that they attack his teacher and, if he’s not careful, will cause very serious damage at the school disco. The adventures of Kevin’s original family are wildly funny. Without exception dyslexia-friendly books published by Barrington Stoke get off to an exciting start and maintain the impetus throughout, with a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter. The plot is clear, the characters appealing and there are plenty of visual clues, as dyslexics like to run a story like a video in their heads. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. There’s plenty of gory humour as Vlad frets about his school parents' evening. Having vampire parents makes Vlad’s evening a night to worry about. While Mrs Fottle, his teacher, thinks Vlad’s pictures of his parents are just a little too bloodthirsty, Vlad knows that he is only painting a true likeness. And, at parents' evening, it doesn’t take Mrs Frottle long to find out the truth the hard way.…Jeremy Strong keeps readers laughing – even when the blood flows. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.
Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 8+It's the Cup Final and Pudding Lane are set to win. They have Mad Iris as their mascot! But what will they do when - Mad Iris goes Missing? A new adventure with the maddest ostrich on the planet. New package for the fun sequel to Mad Iris from the King of comedy.
Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with children, these Early Reader chapter books have words and colour pictures on every page. This wicked and naughty story of Henry together with the funny pictures and lively design make it hugely appealing to both boys and girls. Perfect for children from 5-7. ... And from the author, Francesca Simon: 'I hope these beautiful new editions of my stories will welcome the next generation to the joy of books.'
The author has just been named as winner of the Blue Peter Book Award for 2012. Meerkats are everywhere in films and commercials at the moment so it seems quite normal for a terrific little series to be created for 5+ year olds that features meerkats in disguise as Ninjas! They're goodies who are sworn to protect the world against the awful Ringmaster. However, the latest evil plans of the Ringmaster could just be a fight too many for the four mighty meerkats. Click here for the whole series.
March 2012 Book of the Month. Wherever Penny goes chaos tends to ensue particularly when she tries to put all her 'brilliant ideas' into practice! With four great stories in this, the third of the Penny Dreadful titles there will be no shortage of laugh-out-loud fun to enjoy. Interspersed throughout with some great black and white illustrations, this is sure to appeal greatly to children aged 6+. But don't just take our word for it - this is what some readers think: 'Penny Dreadful stories are very exciting. It is a brilliant series' Polly, aged 10 'I wanted to read on and on and on...it was soooo good' Matt, aged 8 (yes boys love Penny Dreadful too) 'I liked Penny because she's naughty, but in a way she is also funny' Millie, aged 8 'A hilariously brilliant read' Anastasia, aged 11 ' I think Penny Dreadful is, well, dreadfully funny. PS I'm turning a little dreadful too' Islay, aged 8 I love Penny Dreadful, she is brilliant and very funny' Iona, aged 6 The first Penny Dreadful book, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011. Click here to see the whole series.
March 2012 Book of the Month. From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize comes the third amazing instalment of this brilliant series. This again takes the form of Tom's battered homework diary - crammed with his scribbles and stories. Totally accessible for boys and girls and reluctant readers, honest, silly, and laugh-out-loud funny, Tom Gates is a superb voice for kids of 9+ and perfect for anyone who loves Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Tom's blog can be found by clicking here.
The world’s fastest and best-selling dog Streaker is back going for gold in the town’s Animal Games. Surely he’s a shoe-in? But there’s one problem. Although Streaker is fast, he is also, according to Mum, less obedient than a carrot. Streaker needs some serious training and Trevor has to work hard to get him to stick to the course. In doing so, Trevor and his friend Tina uncover a plot to put their hero in the real Games off his course… It’s a hurtlingly good read for those training to enjoy the Olympics. The Lovereading Comment: A great story which is so fall of belly laughs be sure to be sitting securely so you can't fall over! Jeremy Strong's brilliant books have been responsible for getting more young kids reading thn almost any other. Visit Jeremy Strong's website for more about this hilarious author, including the Krazy Klub fanclub - click here.
Vampire jokes abound in this entertaining story about three young vampires and their unusual education at St Orlok’s primary school: when’s Lee’s class have a cookery competition he wins for his Dracoroni Cheese because the cookery teacher, Miss Batula, loves burnt cheese and crunchy pasta. But will he win when it is the interschool competition? Competing against a mummy and a werewolf, the stakes are high but Lee and the other young vampires are determined that they can win! A Piece of Passion from Publisher, David Bennett, Boxer Books When I was a kid I loved books that were silly! (I still do!) I wish I could have had these when I was a boy.
April 2012 Book of the Month A boy, an alien and football - without any shadow of doubt it's a match made in heaven for boys in particular and if you have a reluctant reader in the house aged from 6-9 then you just might get him or her reading as a result of EEEK! Apart from the storyline being a real page-turner it's also laugh-out-loud funny. Just how and why a football mad alien turns up on Charlie's doorstep one day and stays with him will have you in stitches. Eeek may be fluorescent green with smoke coming out of his ears but just like ET he's a wonderfully loveable alien, but this time for the 21st century. By Theo Barker - aged 7: I loved the football in this book and I also loved the alien because he was so funny. The alien is just like a human boy apart from being tidy because he loves football and gets very excited when he is watching the matches. He is very good at hiding himself so only a few people know that there is an alien. The book is very funny and mummy was even laughing when she was reading it and we were all shocked by the surprise at the end. I will definitely tell my friends about this book - it is great. If you've enjoyed Eeek, then check out the author's other story for 7+ year olds called The Secret Lake.
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. A romping comedy of catastrophes, this version of the Cinderella story comes straight from the mouths of the step sisters. They make no apology for their terrible behaviour as they greedily pursue their own ends while doing down their step sister. But, as everyone knows, Cinderella has the last laugh. Without exception dyslexia-friendly books published by Barrington Stoke get off to an exciting start and maintain the impetus throughout, with a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter. The plot is clear, the characters appealing and there are plenty of visual clues, as dyslexics like to run a story like a video in their heads. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.
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