Children’s books – Time Out list

It’s my daughter’s birthday next week and I’ve bought her some books.  I found these on this list published by Time Out.

Children’s books

I’ve had a quick look through them (they’re now wrapped) and I think they look pretty good.  One interesting one is the We Are All Born Free which is basically the Universal Declaration of Human Rights explained to children with pictures.  This is the sort of thing that an old boyfriend would have described as “right on” (not a compliment).  I’ll have to see whether she likes them.

Project X Alien Adventures Series 3

Earlier this year, I bought the Project X Alien Adventures (series 1 and 2) books, which my son LOVES.  His teacher has also told me that she is thrilled with his progress in reading so, frankly, it was one of the best £30 I’ve ever spent.

Recently, he has been fretting that, at some point, he will finish series 2 and have no more books to read.  Now, he does have plenty to read but all the same I’ve been looking for series 3.  Which doesn’t exist.  The Book People have told me that they have no plans to stock series 3 and the kind man from the Oxford University Press said that the easiest thing to do is to order the three sets of level 15/16, 17/18 and 19/20 books (8 books in each set so 24 in total) – if I order the three sets in one go, he will give me 20% off.  However, even with the discount, it will still be about £160 which does seem a bit heartbreaking.

Perhaps I’ll wait until he actually finishes series 2 before I start thinking of getting series 3.

Reading materials

Now that my son is halfway through the Planet Exis series (basically a set of Sci Fi books for young children), I’ve been looking out for some other things he might enjoy.  I ended up getting a couple of recommendations on Mumsnet – Beast Quest and Dirty Bertie.

Beast Quest

They don’t look very “worthy” but perhaps that doesn’t matter just yet.

Although, there was a thing in the Sunday Times about how the head of Kings College Wimbledon has banned books that he thinks are crappy from the school library and has put 300 books in each year 7 classroom.  I had a google and they actually have a list of books that they recommend to the boys (aged between 11 and 13).  Having a look through it, I am rather wreathed in shame – I thought I was well read but perhaps not as well read as these boys who have only just entered their teens.  Perhaps I’ll start reading from that list.  Just as soon as I finish Fatherland.

Roald Dahl

I was in Waterstones the other day and noticed that one of their tables was covered in Roald Dahl books.  It may be a bit early for my son but perhaps he is ready to have chapters read to him before bedtime?

Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl

I am a bad, bad woman because, instead of buying the books at Waterstones, I ordered them at Amazon (I did buy books when I was in Waterstones, just not Roald Dahl ones).  If you are a better, more virtuous person than I am, buy them at Waterstones for £7 each.  Otherwise, buy them from Amazon for £25 all in.

The Pirate Cruncher

As you know, I have rather a habit of buying children’s books.  Basically, whenever anyone recommends a book, I have to buy it.  At least they don’t have VAT.

On the ferry back from the IoW, we met another family and their son (who is a year older than my son) said that The Pirate Cruncher was his favourite book.

So here it is
So here it is

We absolutely love The Pirates Next Door (which a friend bought us) so I’m looking forward to reading this at bedtime.

Yet more children’s books

While at Pidgin, M and I swapped some recommendations for children’s books.  I ended up ordering all that she recommended.

Here they are
Here they are

She said the hat ones are quite dark but that is okay – children are far more gruesome than we realise.

I recommended Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise, which I’d read about on the Spike and like a lot (although I had to google “hubristic”).  I must admit that I also ordered the Princess and the Pony, which my son really likes.