Making Supertatoes! (and carrots, and pretend evil peas…)

Yesterday, in the Key Stage 1 library lunchtime session, we decided to have some fun based on the book Supertato, by Sue Hendra, which we had recently read together.

In the story (full review below), a brave Supertato rescues the other vegetables in his supermarket from the evil doings of a pea, so we thought we could have a go at creating our own versions of Supertato and the evil pea, with a carrot or two thrown in for good measure. The results were fantastic!

The super veg are here!

The super veg are here!

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This is more like a pirate potato!


A ghostly pea

This supertato had a lovely decoration around him.

This supertato had a lovely decoration around him.

Yay! A brave carrot!

Yay! A brave carrot!

This carrot's cape is billowing in the breeze!

This carrot’s cape is billowing in the breeze!

We liked the 'baseball stitching' effect on this fine supertato.

We liked the ‘baseball stitching’ effect on this fine supertato.

Wow - this supertato has mutated into a ninja-tato!

Wow – this supertato has mutated into a ninja-tato!

For anyone who has not yet read the book, here’s a review.

Image courtesy of waterstones.com

What it’s about:

All is quiet in the supermarket, until a veggie villain breaks loose and starts terrorizing carrots, broccoli, and cucumbers (amongst others). Will the vegetables be doomed to chaos or can Supertato save the day?

Our review: Key Stage 1 has listened to this book several times now in storytime and, on each occasion, we’ve all been reduced to excitement and laughter at the bright and entertaining images and the fast-paced, fun text. The spreads are laid out intelligently so, where there’s a moment of tension, it is maintained till the page is turned over (something which I have struggled with in other picture books, where the cliffhanger is on the facing page to the resolution!).

The idea of a tiny pea terrorizing massive vegetables is one that tickles most children’s sense of humour, and Supertato is high up there in the league of Super Heroes (except he’s not really able to see small details that children, even sitting a foot or two away on the carpet can spot). This is the hallmark of a good picture book – the tiny details that children always seem to pick up on that adult eyes glide over. I have read this story several times this week and the children always leap up at the end, at the last spread, to share with me what they have noticed; I can’t say too much here in case I spoil the surprise!


The Belfry Witches, a review by Lily Waddy

Lily Waddy (Year 4) has written this great review of Kate Saunders’ The Belfry Witches.


I loved The Belfry Witches it’s a great story, but I don’t thin many people would have read it. Here is the blurb:

Meet old Noshie and Skirty Marm – the naughtiest witches in the world!

Old Noshie and Skirty Marm have committed a terrible crime. They’ve sung a very rude song about the Queen of the Witches. Now they are to be banished from Witch Island forever! But where can they go?

The sleepy village of Tranters End is about to become home to two wacky witches, a cat who tells VERY big fibs – and a whole lot of trouble.

As you can see this book is about two very naughty witches named Old Noshie and Skirty Marm. Old Noshie is quite short and plump, while Skirty Marm is tall and very skinny. They do seem to have quite weird names at first but you get used to them!

I loved The Belfry Witches. I give it five stars.


War Horse, review by Isaac Band (Year 2)

Isaac Band in Year 2 has written a lovely book review of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, complete with a stunning drawing.


Isaac Band's review of War Horse

Isaac Band’s review of War Horse

Just in case this image is hard to read, I’ve copied Isaac’s review below:

What is the book about?

A horse Joey being brought up by his friend, being sold off to the Army and surviving WWII as a cavalry horse then a hospital horse and ends up pulling a gun.

Who would this book be suitable for? Age/interests?

8 years. People that care in horses.

Would you / would you not recommend this book? Why?

No maybe they might not want to read it because of the cover, but you should never judge a book by its cover!

Rating: 5 stars

Thank you, Isaac, for a well-considered review and an amazing picture!


Well I Never!

A couple of weeks back, the children enjoyed a picture book called Well I Never! by Tony Ross and Heather Eyles (Andersen Press,1997).

What the book is about:

When little Polly refuses to get dressed in the morning, for fear of vampires, witches, ghosts and werewolves lurking in the house, her mother tells her not to be so silly. Monsters don’t exist.

Or do they?

What the children thought

The Year 1 pupils were divided as to whether these ghastly beings were really in the house. Some made a clever observation that maybe Polly was playing tricks on her mother. The joy of this book is that we never really know for sure who was telling the truth. This might not seem the most helpful of books if you are ever trying to reassure a child that there is no monster hiding in the closet, but the children loved it!