Getting my boys to read has always been a thankless task. I’m a book lover so could never understand their reluctance to bury their heads and drift off to another world. I’ve tried everything to encourage them, usually via the professional advice of my sister whose a primary school teacher. I’m fully aware how important it is that they read and it’s the precursor to a whole lot if other learning but I’m also fully aware that if I’m forcing them and bribing them to do it then they’re just going to associate it with feeling bad.
Which is why finding a good book that draws them in and keeps them wanting to come back to it is gold dust.
So whenTween was more than excited to find 2 fresh new books waiting for him when he came home from school this was a good sign and I’m lucky enough to have a nephew who is the polar opposite when it comes to reading, with the two boys the best of friends I gave one to each of them to read and share what they thought of them.
First up is:
Loves – skateboards, playing games on his XBox and Hudle, his baby brother
ShoutyKid How Harry Riddles Mega-Massively Broke the School
I like this book as it reminds me of myself. I love gaming and there are lots of things about gaming all the way through but I also like sports and my mum had a baby recently. My favourite bit was when he helps his mum get to the hospital, then finds out he’s not in trouble anymore and is going to have 2 baby brothers. It’s also really funny and I like that the chapters are quite short. It would suit boys, children who like gaming or any children who have an annoying brother or sister. I’m looking forward to swapping books with my cousin and reading the other book and sharing it with my friends in school. Great book.
And from my book-worm nephew…
Name – Willbo (not his real name!)
Age – 9 1/2
Loves – reading, cricket, Playing Nintendo DS
How Harry Riddles made a Mega-amazing Zombie Movie
I loved reading this book, I wanted to keep reading it until I’d finished. I would tell 9, 10 or 11 year olds to read it, both girls and boys. It is so easy to read because of the way it is written. It is just letters, text messages and emails that make a story.
It is about a young boy whose family is having a tough time. they are going to be kicked out of their home because they can’t afford to live there. The son, who’s called Harry, comes up with a plan to help! His hobby is video-gaming, which he wants to do all the time. So he decides to make a movie. His first movie was terrible but after hard work his second was incredible and got over 4.5 million views on the internet. I would like to be like Harry, playing video games all the time!
My favourite part was near the end when his movie was a great success. Please, please read the book!
As a parent, I found the Shoutykid website really useful, the resources section has some really good ideas for supporting learning and activities for your children to do once they’ve read the book.