Books We've Been Reading | July 2018

Monthly Childrens Book Review autistic and pregnant supporting women with autism through pregnancy and beyond uk autism blog

The local library has always been one of my favourite places. A peaceful and quiet haven. A chance to get out of the house but not expose myself to too much social pressure. I have also always found comfort in reading and wanted to share this world of wonder with Iris. We read together daily and have a collection of books at home but we love heading to the library to see what new adventures we can discover. This month we borrowed...

Alex and Lulu Two Of A Kind by Lorena Siminovich Review autistic and pregnant supporting women with autism through pregnancy and beyond uk autism blog

Alex and Lulu: Two of A Kind by Lorena Siminovich

This book is about two best friends that are very different. I like the chunky, bold illustrations, they are very appealing to children Iris's age and I like the message that just because you are different doesn't mean you can't be friends but I find that the characters play to certain stereotypes, Lulu is a quiet and conscientious girl and Alex is a loud, boisterous boy. I'm not someone who is overly concerned with gender stereotypes but I do find that the boy likes football and the girl likes intellectual pursuits to be a bit too obvious. 

Grandmas From Mars by Michelle Robinson Fred Blunt review autistic and pregnant supporting women with autism through pregnancy and beyond uk autism blog

Grandmas From Mars by Michelle Robinson and Fred Blunt

I love this book. It's one of the best books we've borrowed from the library. The illustrations are lively and fun and the story line is packed with humour. I love the concepts of aliens using grandmas to overtake the earth and children having to stop them. It's such a fun book and it has a wonderful rhyme making it enjoyable to read aloud. 

Birdsong by Ellie Sandall Review autistic and pregnant supporting women with autism through pregnancy and beyond uk autism blog

Birdsong by Ellie Sandall

This is a book of two halves and I find the two halves a little disconnected. The first part of the book features beautifully illustrated different type of birds, each with their own phonetically spelt bird-call for you to (poorly!) imitate. It's fun, colourful and engaging. The book then takes a moral turn and becomes about an overbearing big bird that faces his demise. Though the lesson is an important one I think the book works better as a noisy, fun, counting and identifying book rather than a moral tale.



Daisy Yuk by Kes Gray and Nick Sharatt.

We chose Daisy Yuk as it reminded us very much of Iris. Daisy doesn't like wearing dresses and neither does Iris! At the moment they frustrate her as they get stuck under her as she crawls. The defiant frustration Iris has is reflected in the character of Daisy and the eventual outcome for Daisy is very much how I would imagine Iris would react in a similar situation. I was initially drawn to the book because of Nick Sharratts signature style, it reminded me of my Jacqueline Wilson days and gave me a warm feeling of nostalgia. The illustrations are as bold and humourous as you would expect and the story is simple and easy to follow for younger readers and let's face it, Yuk! is a great word to say!


The Wild Washerwomen by John Yeoman and Quentin Blake

Sticking with the nostalgic theme, this book jumped out at me because it is instantly identifiable as being illustrated by Quentin Blake. It wasn't until I started to read this book that I realised i'd read and enjoyed it as a child. The story is humourous but still makes sense and is easy to understand. It is fun to read aloud and provides opportunities for counting. The signature Blake illustrations perhaps aren't suited to Iris's age but the book entertained her none the less.


Robin's Winter Song by Suzanne Barton
This book is perfect reading for the heatwave we've been having. Sitting and reading this is the cool shade of Iris's bedroom with the fan gently blowing I remembered Autumn and the fact that it will soon be upon us. I am not a sun lover and so reading this enchanting tale about the coming of winter and all it's crisp, cold mystery has been delightful. It's got me excited about the seasons to come. Iris loved this book as it is all about a Robin and she currently gets very excited about birds. She grabbed at the bright, bold illustrations and I enjoyed the storyline and how it teaches children about the seasons. It has quite a slow, peaceful pace to it and is an ideal bedtime story.

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