• Category: Literacy

  • Geronimo Stilton: Singing Sensation – Book review

    ‘Singing Sensation’ is book #39 in the Geronimo Stilton series, a best-selling children’s book series, published by Edizioni Piemme of Milan, Italy, since 2000. Scholastic Corporation has published the English version of the series since February 2004. The books are intended for readers in the 6–12-year-old age range.

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    Read a book report written by Costas, age 11. 

    Plot: There are two problems. First, there is the problem when Champ heard Geronimo singing in the shower and put him in the concert, where he would be competing with the best singers in the world. The second is that he won, but the Pirate Express people who wanted to make copies hardly sold any CDs. Do Geronimo and his detective friend, Hercule Poirat, solve the mystery? You will have to read the book to find out how!

    How the characters made me feel: Benjamin made me feel love, I loved him. Geronimo Stilton made me feel brave,I loved him, too. Trap made me feel nothing and I didn’t really like him. Thea made me feel nothing, but I liked her. Champ made me feel active and I liked that. Hercule Poirot made me feel nothing, but I liked him.

    I loved the book. My favourite part was when he had a program because every hour he took a cold shower. There were no funny part. I learned never to give up. I recommend this book to all children from Year 1 to Year 6.

    What do you think of Geronimo Stilton books? Leave a comment below if you enjoy reading them, too! Before you go, check out Geronimo Stilton’s blog  by clicking HERE!

    Till next time…

  • Chips, Beans and Limousines – Book recommendation

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    Chips, Beans and Limousines is the first book of three funny, diary-style books from the point of view of a girls named Bathsheba Clarice de Trop. Written by Leila Rasheed and published by Usborne, in 2008.

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    A girl called Bathsheba Clarice de Trop lives with her mum. She has never met her father. One day she returns from school and finds her mother with a strange man. After a lot of discussions, she realises that this man is her father. Bathsheba starts spending time with him and gets to know him better and finally loves him. Bathsheba, Mum, Dad, the cleaner and Bathsheba’s friends were my favourite characters in the book because they were funny.

    I have to say this book was a real page turner!

     

    I liked this book so much. My favourite part was when Bathsheba found her father because it was very touching. The were only funny bits. I learned that we should never come to fast conclusions like Bathsheba did.

    I recommend this book because it will touch your heart. It’s about the importance of love for your family.

    by Katerina (age 11) 

    Want this book? Order it now form the Usborne representative www.kidzbooks.gr, if you are in Greece!

    Till next time…

    Peppi Orfanogianni

     

  • Matilda – Book recommendation

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    Matilda is a children’s novel by British writer Roald Dahl. It was published in 1988 by Jonathan Cape in London and the illustrations are by Quentin Blake.

    Matilda uses her magical powers to help Miss Honey get her big, old house back from Miss Trunchbull, who stole the papers for the ownership. Matilda and Miss Honey have a closer friendship as the story goes on. 

    My favourite and most amusing part was when Matilda used her powers to incredibly levitate a piece of white chalk, so she could write an important message to the terrifying Trunchbull, to help Miss Honey.

    Anything is possible!

    I totally recommend this amazing book to all children because it is so entertaining and interesting to read. 

    by Paris (age 11) 

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban – Book recommendation


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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The book follows Harry Potter, a young wizard, in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.harry-potter

    The characters are: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Minerva Mc Gonagal, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail), Sirius Black (Harry’s godfather) and many more. 

    Sirius Black is understood and was thought to have killed Harry’s parents, so he got locked up in Azkaban prison for Dark wizards. 13 years later he escaped in search for Harry and the Dementors are after him. Will the Dementors give him the soul-sucking KISS? Read the book to find out…! 

    I L-O-V-E the book! My favourite part was when Hermione and Harry used her time machine to change the past because it made me feel so relieved from what had happened. There were some extremely scary bits and some hilarious bits. I learned if your family is in danger to rush and save it. I recommend this amazing book because when you start, you can’t stop reading.

    by Dimitris (age 10) 

    Till next time…

    Peppi Orfanogianni

  • My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish

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    My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish, a New York Times bestseller, written by Mo O’Hara in 2013 and published by Macmillan Children’s Books. 

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    An Evil Scientist, turned his little brother’s goldfish into a zombie goldfish, with the ability to hypnotise people. After the experiment the fish did not like the Evil Scientist. Every time he had a plan, the zombie goldfish ruined it. The zombie goldfish, once even saved the whole world. That was my favourite part because you could imagine a fish saving the whole world.

     The main characters are Zombie Goldfish, Mark, Tom and Sanj. I loved them because they made me feel like I’m in the story. 

     

    There is no end to ones imagination…imagine a goldfish saving the world! 

     I recommend this book to people who love adventures because this book is full of actionIt’s a tonne of fun! 

    by Michael (age 10) 

    Till next time…

    Peppi Orfanogianni

  • Martin Luther King – Book Recommendation

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    Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. A thoughtful introduction to the extraordinary life of Martin Luther King for young readers, written by Rob Lloyd Jones. Part of the Usborne Young Reading Series 3, for fully confident readers.

     

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    Martin wanted to become a minister to free the black people. He graduated at Boston University in 1951. Then he gets married to Coretta and have four children. When he got back to his home country, he started a boycott. It worked, so the black people were free to do whatever they wanted, like the white people. Sadly Martin was shot.

    The characters are Martin, Coretta and E. D. I really like the characters. They made me feel happy and proud of his efforts. I really liked the book. My favourite part was when Martin gave his last speech because it was made me feel like I was there. There was no funny bit; the scary bit was when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

    I learned not to judge people by their colour. 

    I recommend this book if you want to learn about what happened back then in South America. 

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    by Andrew (11 years old) 

    You can easily order and purchase Usborne Books in Greece, from www.kidzbooks.gr .

    Till next time…

    Peppi Orfanogianni

  • Doughnuts, Dreams and Drama Queens – Children’s recommendation

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    Doughnuts, Dreams and Drama Queens, written by Leila Rasheed, published in 2009 by Usborne Books.

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    Bathsheba wants to become a star in Hollywood, so she goes to Dramarama Club. Her best friend, Keisha, was supposed to go with her, but her grandmother unfortunately fell ill and she had to go and see her, leaving Bath to go all by herself. I won’t tell you any more, it’s a Dramarama secret! If you want to find out more read this amazing book.! It’s full of perseverance, relentless competition and there is a secret passage way…

    This story made me feel happy, funny, sad, curious and excited. 

     

    Leila Rasheed has written three funny, diary-style books from the point of view of a girl called Bathsheba Clarice de Trop. Bathsheba (Bath for short) is as over the top and original as her name. Doughnuts, Dreams and Drama Queens is the third book in this series.

    I recommend this book, especially if you are into secrets. I think it’s fun to read. My favourite part was the ending because her dreams come true. There were many funny bits.

    I learned never to give up on yourself.

    by Anastasia (age 11) 

    Living in Greece? Order your book on www.kidsbookz.gr for speedy delivery and great service! ❤ 

    Till next time…

    Peppi Orfanogianni

  • The Magician’s Nephew – Book recommendation

    This 140th blog post is dedicated to an all time classic children’s author, C.S.Lewis. This book has no age and is still as exciting to read as it was when it was first published; highly recommended by young readers.

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    The Magician’s Nephew, the first book of the fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, was first published in  1955. This is a stand-alone novel, but if you want to encounter more of the wonders of Narnia, read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

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    Digory and Polly were tricked by Uncle Andrew and sent to another world. In this land there are pools that can take you to other worlds. They went into one and found an evil sorceress who followed them back to Earth, trying to enslave them. She made Uncle Andrew into her slave. The children managed to get rid of her by sending her to a new world called Narnia, created by a lion called Aslan. In Narnia anything is possible.

    I really liked the book.

     

    The main characters are: Digory, Polly, Uncle Andrew, Jadis, Aslan and Auntry Letty. I liked all the characters except Jadis and Uncle Andrew who made me feel angry.

    My favourite part was when Aslan the lion created because in the book the words that the writer used made me feel happy. There was one funny bit when the bear threw honey in Uncle Andrew’s face and then said that he does not look happy but that he would enjoy it.

    I recommend this book, especially if you want to know how Narnia was created. 

    by Andrew (age 11)

    Till next time…

    Peppi Orfanogianni

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  • Reading Signpost

    The classroom reading corner is an area liked by all students. When there is some time to spare from our busy curriculum, they love to sit on the palette couch and get engrossed in a few pages of their favourite book.

    Some children are self-motivated and have already discovered the pleasure found in reading, others however still need to be encouraged to do so. Motivating children to read is one of those challenging tasks that every parent and teacher face, at some point.

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    I believe that an environment which celebrates reading, promotes inquisitiveness and provides ample opportunity for books to be discovered, forms the foundation of learning to read for pleasure. With three-dimensional displays being my ‘thing’ at the moment, I made my own version of the reading signpost idea, to promote reading within my class. The children loved the result and were involved by colouring it in – it got them thinking about the places that were on the signs. Dare I say success…? 

    Inquisitiveness has been triggered; hopefully discovery will be next!

    One of my dreams is to travel the world. I hope my students follow me and travel to places they have never been to before, for reading will take us everywhere!

    Reading takes you places. Where will your reading take you?

     

    Till next time…

    Peppi Orfanogianni

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