The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart (and other grumbles) by Vivian French and Nigel Baines
|The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart (and other grumbles) by Vivian French and Nigel Baines|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Anne Thompson|
|Summary: Original, funny and invaluable, this brilliant book answers every possible reason given for not enjoying reading. Perfect for sharing with everyone particularly those who think reading is not for them. Dyslexia friendly too.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: March 2017|
|Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd.|
|External links: Author's website|
I'm too old for bedtime stories, That's a girl's book!, I hate this book but I've got to finish it, I can't find a book that I like. You've probably heard at least one of the grumbles in this book before but have you known how to respond to it? This brilliant picture book will do it for you and is a joyful celebration of all that's wonderful about books and reading.
From the eye-catching cover to the ending which isn't really an ending at all but hopefully a beginning this is a very special book. Vivian French and Nigel Baines have managed to make this a very inclusive book and it will be reassuring for those who find reading a chore and also for those who want to read but find it a struggle. Every possible question about reading or excuse for not reading given by both children and adults is tackled by a wide range of characters. The diversity of those featured is another major plus of this original book as it ensures that everyone sharing the book can readily identify with at least one of them. The illustrations by Nigel Baines are bright, colourful and engaging and these together with the witty writing add to the book's overall appeal.
This is part of the Picture Squirrels range from Barrington Stoke and has a dyslexia-friendly layout and typeface to help adults with dyslexia or those less confident of their reading ability to enjoy it with their children too. However, as with so much of the Barrington Stoke range, this is wonderful to share for everyone. I particularly like the fact that it encourages children to enjoy stories in any form be that audiobooks, listening to stories read aloud, e-books, comics or picture books at any age and stresses that it's fine to read favourite books again and again if you want to. The advice given is wise and sensible but is presented in an amusing and enjoyable manner.
I love this and think it deserves a place on every bookshelf but perhaps most importantly on school bookshelves as a reminder that Reading isn't a competition! It's fun!
Thank you to the publishers for supplying this copy for review. If you are looking for something to nurture a love of books in even younger children you may like to try It's a Little Book by Lane Smith. As a school librarian I also highly recommend How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour and Rebecca Ashdown. Slightly older children will love Blood and Guts and Rats' Tail Pizza by Vivian French and Chris Fisher.
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