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!



Book review: Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon

Today’s review is by Ana in Year 5. She read Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon, by Pamela Butchart (winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award), and illustrated by illustrated by Gemma Correll, over the Easter holidays – one of the shortlisted books for the Scholastic Lollies Award.

What is the book about?

The book is about a girl who gets the curse of the ugly pigeon and loses her BFF (best friend forever) after splurting their name to a boy she likes.

Who would this book be suitable for?

Children aged 8+ because younger people might not understand it!

Would you recommend this book?

Not sure. It’s not that interesting.

How many stars would you give it?

I’d give it 3/5 stars.

Thank you Ana!



Happy Easter!

It’s the last day of term, and I can’t quite believe how quickly it has flown past. We have been woefully remiss at writing blog posts this past term (or should I say ‘I have been woefully remiss…’) but hopefully this will be remedied next term.

We’ve read lots of excellent books this term and the children are now fired up over our Books and Beyond Read-a-thon. The number of children I have seen this week particularly who have asked me for ‘a thick book’ to take away over the fortnight’s holiday so they can meet the minimum quota for moving on a stage is astounding. And I am pleased but also ashamed to say that some of the children are beating me in the reading stakes. Time to get cracking…

We’ve enjoyed reading the picture book shortlist for the LOLLIES (Laugh out Loud) Awards, run by Scholastic, to find the funniest book. I will be sharing these after  half term, as well as pictures of our new display based on Hoot Owl – Master of Disguise, which is one of the shortlisted titles. It’s become one of my favourites to read in the Library with its blend of creativity and humour.

All that remains is for me to wish you all a very Happy Easter! Enjoy your chocolate!