We’ve joined up to the Summer Reading Challenge again at our local library this year. 7yo loves going to the library to choose new books, and it’s an additional bonus for her when post arrives addressed to her from Orion Books which contain even more books for her to read.
Poppy The Pirate Dog and The Treasure Keeper
A red Early Reader book which is the next stage to reading in chapters following on from Blue books which are aimed to share together. Poppy is a dog, and her family are planning on putting on a pirate show for Mum’s birthday. Poppy has the very important job of being the treasure keeper whilst the children get ready for the party.
After Poppy gathered al the treasure, she decided to hide it in different places around the garden. Somehow Mum’s present got muddled up in the treasure and Poppy thought it would make good treasure so she hid it as well.
Carrying so much treasure, Poppy fell and hurt herself, but she was scared of going to the vets. The children read her stories about pirates and showed her that they wore eye patches so Poppy could look like a pirate with her sore eye. She wasn’t impressed though.
Feeling sorry for herself, Poppy couldn’t manage to hunt for treasure very well with a collar on, and when she saw something glittery in the grass that was moving she was very scared as she couldn’t see it properly.
This is a lovely small chapter book with easy to read pages. 7yo can manage these very well on her own, and the chapter encourage reading in short blocks rather than being overwhelmed with a long book all in one sitting. The story line is long enough to gain attention with a good beginning, middle and ending.
Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Jungle
Another Red band Early reader with six chapters. Algy has just moved house with his family and he doesn’t like his new home very much. The house was on Algy’s list of things he didn’t like very much. He was in the garden whilst his parents were unloading the furniture when he discovered an old shed at the bottom of the garden. He couldn’t open the door very easily though and when he did with the help from the little girl next door, they saw it was full of cobwebs and rubbish. A sealed box at the back of the shed caught their attention. What if it was full of treasure?
Trying to open the box, Algy fell and broke a hole in the back of the shed. Was that a jungle through there? Algy didn’t want to go on an adventure through the shed into the jungle, but the little girl next door did and encouraged Algy to go with her. After a big adventure, Algy decided that he wasn’t so scared of some things he thought he was before moving house. That night he managed to cross a few things off his list and went to bed a happy Algy.
This story is quite amusing in a child like imagination kind of way. It has a feel good ending, and shows the imagination that children can have when playing.
School for Stars Summer Holiday Mystery
Summer Holiday Mystery is the fourth book in the series School For Stars by Holly & Kelly Willoughby. A summer holiday special after three terms at L’Etoile.
The series, based on twins Molly and Maria meet Pippa and Sally at L’Etoile, a school for dance and drama, have gone home for the Summer holidays for a rest, but their holiday by the sea soon turns into a big adventure that is anything but a rest.
This book reminded me slightly of the Famous Five series, as the girls find adventure when they discover hidden tunnels and a missing puppy, secret caves and lots of weird noises.
As this book is aimed at slightly older children, 7yo wasn’t able to read all of it alone, but it turned to be one we enjoyed reading together, and after reading about the Summer Holiday adventures of Molly and Maria, we are going to read the three terms at L’Etoile as well.
What are you reading this Summer? If you’re looking for more ideas, we reviewed other Orion books, a selection shown below.
Lottie and Dottie Sow Carrots
Horrid Henry’s Wedding
Mr Monkey and the Birthday Party
Disclosure – we received the books free of charge but all opinions are our own