Tuesday, 3 July 2018

The Book With No Pictures

Eleanor has really loved reading this book, which as the title suggests has no pictures!
Instead, the reader (which has to be a grown up or an older child to get the full effect) has to read every single word in the book - which leads to some hilarious sound effects that have the listener in absolute stitches!
And although to get the full effect you have to play along, I did it dead pan once and it was just as funny.
Not long ago I had to read this to Eleanor and her friend FIVE times in one sitting because they thought it was amazing.

Eleanor says: "It's really funny and it makes the grown up make silly noises"



9780141361796
£6.99
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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Relaunching This Week Eleanor Loves...!


Originally, This Week Eleanor Loves feature was done every week in the book shop.
When the shop closed its doors to the public, I tried to carry on doing the feature each week, but for various reasons it didn't happen.

So, now Eleanor is a strapping 6 year old!
She's in Beavers; she goes to a fantastic school that loves books, and she's now on the Accelerated Reader programme (AR).
AR is a cool literacy programme that lots of schools do - the child reads a book at their comprehension and reading level, then they take a quiz on it to make sure they've understood it. They get points, leading to wristbands and certificates. The best thing about AR is that every child can get the rewards, because it's based on their own level of understanding.
Not all schools follow it, and that's fine, but the reason I'm talking about it is because I might base the future This Week Eleanor Loves on the books she's reading for that.
So, I'll put the interest age, reading "age", and AR level in each post (if it's available for that book), which I hope will help you choose the book that your child can read for themselves.
Nothing is stopping you choosing books that you can read to your child whilst they listen and watch! There'll still be plenty of those in this feature, as we read to Eleanor every night before bed, and of course, at random stages during the day whenever she wants to read something or wants us to read to her.

I'm also going to intersperse the feature with recommendations for all ages, so you don't have to wait until Eleanor's been the right age for your child!
I hope to include information about book awards and special events and features.

Please note, that although I will try to put things into my own words, especially when it's books that we are reading at home or school, I will not always use my own words. If I don't use my own words, it will be publishers' blurbs and their public information. I'll try to put these in a different colour or a different font when I do this. (If I can find a "quote" feature on this blog, I'll use that)

To start with, I'm going to upload previous This Week Eleanor Loves posts, but in a format that will show you the age range and interest, rather than a week-by-week account from the website.

I hope you enjoy the relaunch!

Watch this Space!


Saturday, 24 November 2012

Aged 49½ Weeks (23rd November 2012)


My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes


It was Gaby's last story-time this week, and she read us this book, which daddy thought was really funny.
Everyone laughed and so did I.
Gaby is one of my best friends, and the Story-Time Gang visit me every week to read stories to me (well, the mummies read stories to the children, and we all have lots of fun)
The story gets more hard as it goes on - my Cat likes to hide in boxes, but there are cats that can't get through the door and cats that play the violin and all other sorts of things. The Gang did all the actions.
I'm going to miss Gaby, but I do still enjoy Story-Time with  the rest of the Gang.


Paperback 9780140502428 £6.99






Aged 48½ weeks (16th November 2012)


Wibbly Pig Loves Presents

Mummy is going to do her Christmas window next week, so she thought I might like this one.
I read it all by myself with no help.
Wibbly Pig is given lots of presents and he showed me what they all are.
He got some books and a ball and lots of other things.
The pictures are funny - Wibbly Pig is little and cuddly.


Board Book 9780340999042 £4.99







Friday, 9 November 2012

Aged 47½ weeks (9th November 2012)


Ladybird First Favourite Nursery Rhymes

This week Penguin merged with Random House.
I chose this lovely nursery rhyme book this week. It's got all my favourite nursery rhymes in it, (fifteen in total) and some make songs and some don't.
There are some very bright colour pictures, and the words are on the other side. IT's got big round tabs, and the pages are board, so they're really easy to turn by myself. It was Daddy'sd day off today, so he and Mummy both sang and read the nursery rhymes. I love Pat-a-cake and Twinkle Twinkle best.

Board Book 9781409305729  £9.99












Aged 46½ weeks (2nd November 2012


Happy Christmas, Boris!

It's my Auntie Katherine's birthday on Sunday, so we've chosen this Christmas book to celebrate.
It's another Sam Lloyd.
Oh! How exciting this book is! Boris is a orange-haired furry monster, and Santa needs his help to deliver the Christmas presents. Boris is fluffy and strokey, and funny! And he gives me big kisses.


Board Book 9781840117110  £8.99





Aged 45½ Weeks (26th October 2012)


Hello Kitty Piano Book

I can already play the piano, of course. Daddy lets me play the one at church. So I was really excited when Mummy opened this one from the box! I played with it straight away!
It's not a story, but it's a book of musical notes, and you press the keyboard to make sounds. If you don't know how to make the notes, you press the pictures and it plays you a tune.

Daddy played the piano bit for me using the book.
It's colour-coded, so anyone can play it, all the way up to 6 or 7, I think.


Board Book 9781450825429  £11.99