Tag Archives: literacy

howl’s moving castle

August 12, 2011


Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones was one of the books I had to read for a Children’s Literature subject I did at university. It’s a strange, complicated, and interesting tale, and is classified as a young adult fantasy novel. I would allow my 8 and 9 year-old boys to read it. The story plucks a plain, […]

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along came a dog

July 30, 2011


I bought this book over the internet. I thought it was a children’s picture book because Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) illustrated the book. Silly me, I should have looked at the description a bit better – 192 pages in total. I was probably blinded by the description of the story… “The friendship […]

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skulduggery pleasant

July 23, 2011


I was tidying up around the place last week, and I picked up one of the books my middle son has been reading. He borrowed it from the school library. The cover looked a bit gruesome, so I thought I’d sit down and read a few pages. Three days later, I finished the whole book. It […]

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diary of a wimpy kid – journal

July 4, 2011


My older boys (8 and 9 years old) have had their noses stuck in a book for the past week – heads down, pencils in hand. The focus of their obsession is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Do-It Yourself Book. I love books that provide prompts for journal writing, creative writing, or art activities. […]

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the island

January 20, 2011


Greder, A. (2007). The Island. Crows Nest, Australia: Allen & Unwin. This book is a jaw-dropper. It is disturbing and brilliant. There is no other way to describe it. It raises issues of prejudice, refugees, difference, detainment, and brutality. Definitely not one for the littlies, but for Grade 3 and above. It would be a great […]

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