We’re getting ready for the LOLLIES!


Yesterday, this year’s shortlisted books for Scholastic’s LOLLIES awards were announced, and I am delighted to say that we will be shadowing them in the Library!

Last year, we voted for ourfavourite title in the picture book category – the ever-popular I Need a Wee by Sue Hendra, which won overall in its category. This book is still rarely on our shelves which is proof of how children love it.

This year, we have a range of different books to choose from, as follows:


Picture book category:

  • The Prince of Pants – by Alan MacDonald and Sarah McIntyre
  • Eat Your People! – by Lou Kuenzler and David Wojtowycz
  • Oi Dog! – by Kes and Claire Gray and Jim Field
  • Danny McGee – by Andy Stanton and Neal Layton

You can watch Michael Rosen announcing the shortlist here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV_GkxOemIs

6-8 category:

  • Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom Noms – by Jim Smith
  • Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up – by Simon Cherry
  • Thimble Monkey Superstar – by Jon Blake and Martin Chatterton
  • Hamish and the Neverpeople – by Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler

You can watch Katie Thistleton announcing the shortlist here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKkUpsBNxXs

9-13 category:

  • AniMalcom – by David Baddiel and Jim Field
  • I Don’t Like Poetry – by Joshua Seigal
  • The Best Medicine – by Christine Hamill
  • My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord – by David Solomons

You can watch Nicolette Jones announcing the shortlist here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qsd5_mgxMZo

We are waiting for the titles to be delivered so watch this space! I’d love as many people as possible to get involved so I’ll look at arranging some lunchtime sessions where we can take a look at them altogether.

If you’ve already read some of these – or maybe ALL of these – come to see me and tell me what you thought!



Review of Clover Moon

Today, Abby in Year 5 is reviewing Clover Moon by Jacqueline Wilson.

Published by Random House Children’s Publishers



The book is about a girl called Clover who loves to play with her sister Megs, especially when her cruel stepmother is being horrible. But when Scarlet Fever takes Meg away, Clover seeks the help of Mr Dolly and his artist friend, Mr Rivers.

I loved this book because Jacqueline Wilson let Hetty Feather meet Clover and I love how she linked it. It also has lots of ADVENTURE!! I would give it 9/10 stars and say it is suitable from age 10 because there is a sad bit in it.



Seasons Readings

We’ve been busy reading Christmas stories in the Library this week. Below are a few that the children have enjoyed!

Merry Christmas, Splat! by Rob Scotton

Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books


The popular, manic-furred cat Splat is back in this seasonal tale (or should I say ‘tail’?) and this time, he’s worried that he’s not been good enough for Santa to bring him a massive present. (His teasing sister doesn’t help matters by stoking the flames.) Splat therefore decides to be as helpful as possible around the house to ensure that he’s in Father Christmas’s good books, much to his mother’s chagrin. Splat washes clean dishes, over-decorates the Christmas tree and, in an attempt to clear snow from the path to the front door, actually only succeeds in letting the snow in the front door. When Splat goes to bed on Christmas Eve, he waits up all night to see if he’s done enough…

The children loved this story, with its crazy drawings (Splat is just so ‘in your face’!) and his well-intended by misguided attempts to prove what a good cat he is. We used the story as a basis for an activity to guess what Splat wanted for a big present and the following were some of the suggestions:


  • robots (suggested twice – I think these must be on some of the children’s Christmas lists this year)
  • a giant mouse that Splat can eat (poor Seymour must be quaking in his Santa hat)
  • a giant mouse woolly toy for cats
  • a starfish
  • a woolly mammoth
  • a photo box with coloured photos


Here’s a small selection of drawings from the children:


Madeline’s Christmas, by Ludwig Bemelmans

Published by Puffin Books


The mischievous, sweet-natured convent girl Madeline is the only one who’s feeling fine in the old house in Paris that was covered in vines, for everyone in the house, even the mouse, has gone down with a terrible cold. She’s cleaning and cooking and waiting on everyone, even Miss Clavell, when a mysterious rug merchant appears at the door with, fortuitously, 12 rugs that Madeline purchases to keep everyone’s feet warm in bed. However, the rug merchant is not so lucky and becomes frozen without his wares. He is forced to return to ask for them back and, in exchange, he helps Madeline give everyone a Christmas they will all remember.

This book is a joy to read aloud. The children loved the rhymes (and when they stared at me when I prompted them for the end rhyme, and I suggested ‘Bob’ at random, this was also hilarious). Most of the children were familiar with the story from the film version so I hope they have gone away with a desire to read more about the adventures of Madeline in other books.

The Smelly Sprout, by Allan Plenderleith

Published by Ravette Publishing Limited


I haven’t seen this book in many bookshops but it’s a firm favourite in our Library. Poor Little Sprout has been chucked out of his house at Christmas because no one likes him, so he goes on a quest to find his destiny. Along the way, he encounters a grumpy Christmas tree, an irritable snowman and a greedy fox, who all reject him with the rhyming refrain, “Out, smelly sprout!” In the end, the sprout meets another lonely soul who looks relieved to see him. Will they be best of friends?

The children love this. Many say they hate sprouts, and like to join in with the refrain, but they’re glad by the end of the story. I’m not sure that this will make them eat their sprouts on Christmas Day or at any other time, but it’s worth a try if you want them to see sprouts as anything except an evil vegetable. I still won’t eat them though…




Laila’s review of ‘To Be a Cat’ by Matt Haig

Today’s Top Pick From Year 6 is from Laila, who has chosen To Be a Cat by Matt Haig as her favourite book.



What is the book about?

A boy named Barney is having a rough time because his dad is missing and his headmistress is acting very mean to Barney. Just when his life couldn’t get any worse, he wakes up one morning and discovers that he’s a cat.

Who would like this book?

This book would be suitable for animal/adventure lovers. This book would be good for ages 8-11.

Would you recommend this book?

I would recommend this book because it has a bit of suspense and adventures.


Nell’s favourite story – Moon Riders

Today’s third book review is by Nell, in Year 6. She has chosen Theresa Tomlinson’s novel The Moon Riders as the book she would recommend to friends.


What is the book about?

The book is about a girl who travels to places to dance and hunt. She goes on a lot of adventures with her friend, a Trojan princess.

Who would like this book?

Ages 9 to adults. People who like Greek myths and warriors.

Would you recommend this book?

I would recommend this book because it has fun and adventure.


Samuel picks Tom Gates as his top pick!

Continuing in our series of top picks by Year 6 (ooh, that rhymes!) here is Samuel’s review of Liz Pichon’s hilarious Tom Gates, A Tiny Bit Lucky.


What’s the book about?

Tom’s dad wants to make a kite to get ‘fresh air’ but he has to practise with the band.

Who would like this book?

I would say children aged 8 to 14.

Would you recommend this book?

Yes and I would rate it 5 out of 5 stars because it’s kinda like my friends’ school life.

Thank you, Samuel. I’ll try to scan in your amazing drawing of Tom Gates soon!


Tracy Beaker is Lydia’s top choice

Yesterday, children in Year 6 were encouraged to write a review of their favourite books. Within fifteen minutes, I had several great reviews, and I thought I’d start sharing them with you right away!

The first is from Lydia, who chose The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson as her top choice. Over to you, Lydia…


What the book is about

Tracy Beaker is about a really funny girl that lives in a care home but she was also naughty as well, like when she went into Adele’s bedroom and put her make-up on without asking.

Who would like this book?

I think it would be suitable for ages six to ten.

Would you recommend this book?

I would recommend this book to my best friends because they are always up to something mysterious!