Picture books have very much monopolised the market of books for little people. American author, comedian and screen writer B. J. Novak (of The American Office fame) is releasing a book for small children that breaks the convention of traditional children’s books with “The book with no pictures.”
The book with no pictures is just as it’s title suggests, a book with no pictures. This is potentially a hard sell to young children and early readers but the book is more than just words on a page.
The Biff, Chip and Kipper books are nearly as old as I am (thanks for that Wikipedia) and I turned 31 yesterday!
The books are a series of stories designed to teach children how to read and speak English in line with the National Curriculum that is taught in schools. Because of this they have been incredibly popular with parents and schools for nearly 30 years!
This week David Baddiel’s new book, The Parent Agency, is released.
The book tells the story of a boy named Barry Bennett who is deeply feed up with his own parents. He finds himself in a position to choose his own parents when he discovers the Parent Agency.
I’ve a brand speaking new copy of the book to give away. To be in with a chance of winning simply follow me on Twitter and RT the competition tweet. The winner will be chosen this Sunday and 9pm. The competition is open to UK residents only.
Read all of my posts of suggested books to read with your children HERE
The How to train your Dragon films have been a huge success (check out my review of it HERE). The book that started the increasingly popular franchise is definitely worth a look too.
The books do share many of the same named characters as the films and they are about Vikings and dragons, but other than that they follow a very different plot.
In the book the children have to go through a series of coming of age challenges that involve finding and training dragons to work for them. There is no human/dragon conflict in the book like there is in the movie version.
Instead the books main plot follows Hiccup, son of the village leader, as he attempts to train his rather awkward dragon Toothless.Continue reading