Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Algy's Amazing Adventures in the Arctic by Kaye Umansky
Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Algy can't wait to see what world is waiting for him at the bottom of the garden this time. But when his best friend Cherry shows up with her little brother Brad in tow, he is not impressed. Everyone knows small children just cry and break other people's toys. What use is Brad going to be on an adventure? But in a snowy Arctic world, where monsters lurk and giant footprints lead into the mountains, Algy discovers there might be more to Brad than meets the eye.
When I read this book, my first thoughts were: The lion, the witch and the wardrobe for young children. Algy has found a world hidden behind a loose plank in the shed at the bottom of his garden. Together with his friend, Cherry, who is his best friend and lives next door, they explore the world.
In this instalment of their adventure they have to take Cherry's brother, Brad, along. They find a snowy land. While Cherry and Algy sensibly go back to find warm coats and gloves, Brad goes exploring and finds a furry man with giant footprints - this also made me think of the Gruffalo or Where the wild things are.
It is a great book for early readers who are becoming more confident in their own abilities. The story is split into chapters, of just the right length for a chapter a night or for a child to read themselves. There are pictures on each page, which accompany the story perfectly and break up the text into manageable sizes for an early reader to manage.
The Orion Children's Books, Early Reader Series are fantastic and I would recommend them as the perfect series for any school or family to add to their library of books for a child to choose from.
Thank you to the publishers, Orion Children's Books, for sending me the book to review.