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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

 

Title: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Author: Judy Blume

Publisher: Puffin

Number of pages: 144

Type of Book: Fiction, Contemporary

Age: 8+

Available here: http://www.iqrabooks.com.ng/search_results.php?key=tales+of+a+fourth+grade+nothing&term=Anything&Submit=Search# and http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Fourth-Grade-Nothing-Blume/dp/0142408816 and for free download here: https://cambridgecollegelibrary.wikispaces.com/file/view/Judy+Blume-Tales+of+a+Fourth+Grade+Nothing.pdf or borrow it from ZODMLibrary, Ikoyi here: http://zodml.org/eachbook.php?id=37148 (membership of Library required)

Price: N5570; $6.29; free download or borrow for free at the Zaccheus Dibiaezue Library (ZODML) Ikoyi

MY SUMMARY

9-year-old Peter Hatcher has a HUGE problem: his 3-year-old stubborn and spoilt little brother, Fudge! Fudge is the worst possible little brother to be trapped in a family with and in every chapter of this book, he finds a way to terrorize Peter, from destroying his room and his homework, to making Peter do all sorts of things to entertain/calm him down to swallowing his pet turtle. To make matters worse, everyone, especially Mrs. Hatcher gives too much attention to Fudge and this annoys Peter to no end. Peter’s convinced his mother loves Fudge more than him and he’s not her real son. But will Fudge always get his way and will Peter ever feel like his parents love him too and he’s more than ‘Nothing’? Guaranteed to make you and your child laugh-out-loud.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: The first in the Fudge series, this book shows sibling rivalry at its best in an honest but totally humourous way. Fudge’s antics are definitely the major highlight of the book. Other books in the Fudge series are Otherwise known as Sheila the Great, Superfudge, Fudge-a-mania and Double Fudge.

DOWN: None

RATING

4.5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. What did Peter think they should trade Fudge in for? A dog.
  2. When is the only time that Peter likes Fudge? When he’s asleep!
  3. One of Fudge’s favourite pastimes? Banging pots and pans together.
  4. ‘Fudge, you will eat that cereal or you will wear it!” Who said this and what eventually happened to the cereal? Peter’s dad; He dumped the bowl of cereal on Fudge’s head.
  5. This happens every time Fudge misbehaves (like when he destroyed Peter’s room and made their father lose an important account); Peter feels like this all the time? Nothing!
  6. Some fun facts about Fudge’s eating habits: He swallowed Dribble, Peter’s turtle, ate his mother’s flowers, and once, Mrs. Hatcher made Peter stand on his head to get Fudge to eat.

Read the book here: https://cambridgecollegelibrary.wikispaces.com/file/view/Judy+Blume-Tales+of+a+Fourth+Grade+Nothing.pdf

Visit Peter and Fudge here: http://www.judyblume.com/books/fudge/tales.php

Test your knowledge of the book after reading it here and get a CERTIFICATE!: http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=Tales–Fourth-Grade-Nothing

Some more on Peter and Fudge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd51NjpFnyo 

CHALLENGE: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing 

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. What is sibling rivalry? Write a short 400-word essay

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, December 20th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens

 

 

Treasure Island

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Title: Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Publisher: Bendon Classics

Number of pages: 182

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction, Adventure

Age: 8+

Available here: https://www.jumia.com.ng/jumia-books-treasure-island-treasury-of-illustrated-classics-storybook-collection-2604387.html; http://www.amazon.com/Treasure-Island-Junior-Classics-Readers/dp/B006Q1TNM8 

Price: N1,500; $3.88

MY SUMMARY

Billy Bones, an old ‘Captain’ with the crew of the late Pirate Captain Flint, a famous buccaneer, came to the Admiral Benbow, an inn run by young Jim Hawkins’ father. Turns out the old ‘Captain’ had a chest of gold and a treasure map which was sought by Captain Flint’s old pirate crew, a group of motley creatures, some old some young, some blind some not, some scarred some not, some broody some jolly but all quite dangerous. Young Jim Hawkins got to the treasure map before Captain Flint’s old crew and set off on a treasure hunt to Treasure Island with a squire, a doctor and some servants. Little did they know that the crew they hired to man their ship was the very same crew they were trying to avoid. Read the book to find out what happened to them when they got to Treasure Island. Did young and daring Jim, the good doctor and the talkative squire find the treasure? Or did Long John Silver and his motley crew?

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Everything!! Get ready for some excitement and terror! It was a delightful read. I love books and movies about pirates and this one is no exception. I read it some 20 years ago and loved it, I loved it even more as an adult! It’s a good old adventure tale of buccaneers and buried gold!

I loved the characters: one-legged Long John Silver, the jolly but dangerous sea cook/pirate/tavern owner with his parrot Captain Flint, forever perched on his shoulder; Ben Gunn, the almost crazy, cheese-craving, pirate dressed in tattered ship sails, leather strings and sticks, who had been marooned on Treasure Island for three years! And of course the young and daring Jim Hawkins!!

Other highlights were the Black Spot, Black Dog and Billy Bones. Read the book to find out who/what these were.

I recommend this book for the family.

One of my best lines from the book: ‘Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

NB: This is an abridged version for children.

DOWN: None

RATING

4.5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Why did the squire and the doctor ask Jim not to mention the exact location of Treasure Island in his writings? Because there is still treasure there!  
  2. What was buried in Treasure Island? Six pirates from old Captain Flint’s pirate crew and treasure in Gold and Silver! (Seven hundred thousand in Gold)
  3. Jim Hawkins was initially deceived by this person’s appearance – a horrible, eyeless, soft-spoken creature with an iron grip and a cruel, cold and ugly voice? Pew
  4. Who was Captain? He was a huge scary brown old seaman with a white scar across his cheek, black fingernails, rude language and dreadful stories about the sea. He had the map of Treasure Island.
  5. Everyone who walked into the Admiral Benbow Inn lived in fear of the Captain, while he lived in fear of/sought after one man? A sea-faring man with only one leg!
  6. “Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!” Who/What said this over and over again? Long John Silver’s parrot, Captain Flint.

Read an excerpt here: https://thingsthatmadeanimpression.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/excerpt-from-treasure-island-by-robert-louis-stevenson-black-spot/

Read the audiobook here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atBFFhV2Jcs

CHALLENGE: Treasure Island

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. What is Buccaneering? Write a short 400-word essay

OR

  1. Draw a picture of the Long John Silver using the details below as well as other details mentioned in this review.

“His left leg was cut off close by the hip, and under the left shoulder he carried a crutch, which he managed with wonderful dexterity, hopping about upon it like a bird. He was very tall and strong, with a face as big as a ham – plain and pale, but intelligent and smiling”.

 OR

  1. Write the full text and the origin of the pirate song:

‘Fifteen men on a Dead Man’s Chest

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum’

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.  

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, December 13th 2015

Next Book of the Week:

TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING by Judy Blume

 

 

 

Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants

 

Title: Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants

Author: Dav Pilkey

Publisher: Scholastic

Number of pages: 160

Type of Book: Fiction; Graphic Novel

Age: 7 – 10

Available here: http://www.learnington-ng.com/literature/456-roald-dahl-s-mischief-and-mayhem.html?search_query=captain+underpants&results=6http://www.amazon.com/Captain-Underpants-Perilous-Professor-Poopypants/dp/0439049989/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1448348696&sr=1-1&keywords=Captain+underpants+book+4

Price: N2000; $5.99

MY SUMMARY

This is one of the quirkiest books I have EVER read! George and Harold are two friends who like to ‘liven things up’ and inadvertently get into a LOT of trouble. In this book, they drive their new science teacher, maniacal mad-scientist, Professor Poopypants crazy and he decides to take over the world in the funniest/silliest way possible. Read it to find out how George, Harold and Captain Underpants try to stop Professor Poopypants and his perilous plan.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: The Flip-O-Rama!!! I love books with activities for readers. It makes them more interactive and automatically more interesting. I also loved the fact that George and Harold wrote, photocopied and sold comic books to their schoolmates. This brought back pleasant memories of primary school. I made good money from my classmates by selling my stories to them every week! Another highlight was the fact that the book introduces a moral in a very subtle way. It encourages kids/people not to laugh at other people. I also loved the names of the citizens of New SwissLand.

DOWN: It was a bit too silly.

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Who was Captain Underpants, the underwear-wearing super hero? Krupp, the Principal of Jerome Horwitz Elementary School.    
  2. Why did Professor Pippy Pee-Pee Poopypants get so angry that he went crazy? Because George and Harold made a comic book that made fun of him.
  3. What was the perilous plot of Professor Poopypants? To take over the world and get everyone to change their names so that everyone would have silly names like him.
  4. What is the moral of the story? It’s not nice to make fun of people.
  5. Why did Mr. Fyde the science teacher resign? Because he thought he was going crazy.
  6. How did George and Harold get back at their teachers and principal for laughing at them and stopping them from going on the field trip? They went into the teacher’s lounge, taped the tap’s spray handle on the ‘on’ position, poured powdered soap flakes on the blades of the ceiling fan, and filled the fridge with white Styrofoam pellets. When the teachers came back into the lounge and turned the tap and fan on, they were first soaked, then covered with soapy powder which soon turned to paste because of the water and then when the fridge was opened, the fan blew the foam pellets all over the room and they landed on the teacher’s sticky bodies, making them look like a group of giant evil snowmen.

Visit George, Harold and Captain Underpants here: www.pilkey.com and here: http://emea.scholastic.com/en/captain-underpants

CHALLENGE: Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants  

CREATE (WRITE or DRAW)

  1. What is a Flip-O-Rama? Write a 400-word essay

 OR

  1. Make a Flip-O-Rama.

Plus:

            1a. OR 2a. What is the chapter after the chapter before the last chapter?

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com (NB: If you make a Flip-O-Rama, take a picture of your Flip-O-Rama and send it to the email address above)

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 7 – 10 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 29th 2015

Next Book of the Week:

AFRO: THE GIRL WITH THE MAGICAL HAIR by Okechukwu Ofili

TNT

Dorky DiaperLips (My new name courtesy of Professor Poopypants)

 

 

 

Ivy and Bean Book 1

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Title: Ivy and Bean Book 1

Author: Annie Barrow

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Number of pages: 120

Type of Book: Fiction; Contemporary

Age: 8+

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Ivy-Bean-Book-Annie-Barrows/dp/0811849090

Price: $4.13

MY SUMMARY

Ivy and Bean didn’t like each other very much at first. Maybe because their mothers always tried to get them to play with each other. Maybe because they were so different. Ivy was every bit as ladylike as Bean was an unrepentant tomboy. One day, Bean got into trouble and Ivy came to her rescue and they found out that they had a lot in common. And so their exciting friendship began. Together, they got into all sorts of mischief and misadventures, from digging up earthworms to make potions, to trying to make Ivy look like a real witch, to trying to cast a spell on Bean’s annoying big sister, Nancy and pretending to be sick in Mrs. Trantz’s backyard. An award-winning book for girls who love to laugh.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It had a feel-good ending. It was also fast-paced. I read it in a day and then ended up buying the next book in the series and the one after that. It’s well written and very easy to read. I would recommend to kids (especially girls) who have just started reading on their own. Oh yes, and it made me smile, a lot.

DOWN: None

RATING

4 Stars 

TRIVIA

  1. Why did Ivy and Bean dig a big muddy pit in Ivy’s backyard? To find earthworms.
  2. What did they need the earthworms for? To cast a dancing spell on Bean’s sister Nancy.
  3. What became of the earthworms Ivy and Bean dug up? Bean threw them on Nancy’s face! Some fell into her shirt, some got stuck in her hair and one fell right into her mouth!
  4. What became of the big muddy pit? Nancy fell into it!
  5. Why did Bean think Ivy’s room was cool? Because it was divided into five sections by thick chalk lines drawn on the floor and each section looked like a different room.
  6. The five sections of Ivy’s room: A dressing room, a doll room, a bedroom, an art studio and a reading room. 

BONUS: What item did Ivy need for her invisibility spell? A dead frog!

Visit Ivy and Bean here: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/landing-pages/ivyandbean/index.html

CHALLENGE: Ivy and Bean Book 1

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. The benefits of reading. Write a short 300-word essay

OR

  1. Draw a picture of the Ivy’s room using the information in Trivia Answers 5 and 6.

OR

  1. Write a poem on ‘Mischief’.

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.  

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, November 24th2015

Next Book of the Week:

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE PERILOUS PLOT OF PROFESSOR POOPYPANTS by Dav Pilkey

 

 

 

Best Friends

Title: Best Friends

Author: Jacqueline Wilson

Publisher: Corgi Yearling

Number of pages: 224

Type of Book: Fiction, Contemporary

Age: 8+

Available here: http://wordsmithbook.com/book/childrens-books/BEST-FRIENDS/

Price: N1700

MY SUMMARY

Even though Gemma and Alice have been best friends since they were born (they were born on the same day in the same hospital) they are NOTHING alike. Alice is every bit the lady while Gemma is a boisterous tomboy. In spite of their differences, they loved each other and shared everything. Find out what happens when Gemma realizes that Alice has a secret she hasn’t shared which may change their friendship forever.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Gemma!!!! She gave me a good number of laughs, bless her soul and a time or two, she made me almost cry too. It is a beautifully crafted tale of friendship, which the little girl in most of us can relate to especially if you lost best friends either to new friends or ‘cos they had to move to new towns or new schools.

DOWN: It was about ‘thirty-something’ pages too long.

RATING

3.5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. How Gemma lost her long hair: She got it all sticky after she got into a giant bubblegum-blowing contest with the boys. .
  2. Which friend climbed halfway up a drainpipe in the school playground and crashed to the ground and which friend was made a form monitor? Gemma, Alice
  3. What did Gemma want to do to Miss Cholmondly in the ladies’ room? She badly wanted to stuff her head first into the toilet and flush it.
  4. This person made Gemma furious many times and eventually, Gemma thrust a chocolate cake in her face. Flora
  5. Why did Alice leave Gemma? Because she had to move to Scotland with her family.
  6. The origin of Biscuit’s nickname? He has a voracious appetite. He can eat a whole packet of chocolate Hobnobs in exactly 2 minutes! I suppose it doesn’t help matters that his real surname is McVitie.

Visit Gemma and Alice here: http://www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk/library.php

CHALLENGE: Best Friends

“Best Friends For Ever”

Did/Do you have one?

If yes, write a brief 200-word essay on the joys of having best friends

If no, write a brief 200-word essay on the joys of NOT having best friends

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The best entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Next Book of the Week:

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES by Jeff Kinney

Moby Dick

Title: Moby Dick

Author: Herman Melville

Publisher: Bendon

Number of pages: 181

Type of Book: Fiction, Classic 

Age: 8+

Available here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/moby-dick/ and http://www.konga.com/moby-dick-1400955

Price: N580

MY SUMMARY

Described by the author as the ‘greatest sea yarn since Jonah’, it’s a tale about a young man, Ishmael who decided to join a whaling ship on a three-year expedition that became the greatest adventure of his life. Told in the first person by Ishmael, it chronicles his journey on the Pequod, a ship filled with all sorts of whaling sailors: strange but skilled Black and Indian harpooners, a strange and bitter, one-legged captain and three tough but good-natured shipmates. He encounters large whales and giant squids, bloodthirsty island pirates, Fedallah, the mysterious and his phantom crew and a dark sea captain who is determined to find the white whale, Moby Dick at all costs. Did he find Moby Dick and at what cost? Find out when you read the book. It is one whale of a story!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This book is a science lesson, a history lesson and a novel rolled up in one small and interesting package!

DOWN: None

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. According to Ishmael, “The Lion is the King of the beasts and the _________ is the King of the fishes” The Sperm Whale.
  2. Why did Captain Ahab want to find Moby Dick? Because the whale ate his leg!
  3. Queequeg, the first harpooner Ishmael met scared the pants off him. Why? Queequeg was a huge, dark and ugly man with purplish yellow skin colour and tattoos all over his face and body and he also threatened to kill Ishmael when he found him in his bed.
  4. ‘A giant, jelly-like mass, cream in colour … with long arms reaching out from its center, curling and twisting like a nest of snakes … The arms were about 30 feet long.’ What was Ishmael describing? A giant squid
  5. Why did the whaling sailors like the Sperm Whale best? Because they harvested gallons of spermaceti, a sweet smelling liquid from its head. Spermaceti was used to make expensive perfumes. They also got barrels of oil for making oil lamps from its skin.
  6. 2 fast facts about whales, mentioned in the book. (Clue: related to the number ninety) Many whales grow to over ninety feet in length and the largest of them weigh over ninety tons (that’s about 810kgs)

CHALLENGE: Moby Dick

“The Lion is the King of the beasts and the Sperm Whale is the King of the fishes”

Do you agree?

If yes, write a brief 200-word essay on the Sperm Whale

If no, compare and contrast the Whale and ‘King of the fishes’

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, October 27th. 

Next Book of the Week:

BEST FRIENDS  by Jacqueline Wilson

Amazing Adventures of Izi and Larry The Dinosaur

Title: Amazing Adventures of Izi and Larry The Dinosaur

Author: Olusegun Akande

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Number of pages: 88

Type of Book: Fiction; Christian

Age: 8+

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Adventures-Izi-Larry-Dinosaur/dp/1492878561 or contact the author: info@iziandlarrybooks.com

Price: $15.00

MY SUMMARY

Saturday is zoo day for 8-year-old Izi. She loves going to the zoo to visit the animals. One very ordinary Saturday Izi makes a new friend, Larry, a dinosaur with extraordinary powers. With his teensy head, long neck, huge body and enormous wings, Larry can travel through time. Together, every Saturday, Larry and Izi go on exciting adventures through different stories in the Bible and Izi learns several lessons about forgiveness, love, friendship and God, referred to in this book as ‘the Maker’.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: The book is beautifully illustrated. The illustrations will keep children turning the pages till the end. All in all, a satisfactory read.

DOWN: Sometimes, the narrator switched from a child’s perspective to that of an adult: ‘His voice sounds like that of a distinguished and wise old man with a British accent’, other times, he sounded way too old for an 8-year-old ‘Izi ponders this for a while in the peaceful surroundings of the Garden’. The dialogue was protracted in some parts and there was a lot of ‘telling’ and not enough ‘showing’; but for the illustrations, a lot would be left to the reader’s imagination. There was no real conflict in the story, no problem that required solving. In so many ways it was didactic, a series of lessons.

RATING

3.5 Stars 

TRIVIA

  1. Who/What was Larry? A flying dinosaur.
  2. What was Larry’s special power? He could travel back and forth through time!
  3. This person roared, a roar so loud and scary that Izi almost fell off Larry’s back. Goliath, the giant.
  4. ‘A tall green creature with a big round tummy, a long neck and a teensy little head.’ What was Izi describing? Larry
  5. Why did Larry and Izi travel back and forth through time and how did they do it? They travelled through time so that Larry could teach Izi about God, the Maker using some stories in the Bible. Larry blew a bubble in the air, creating a transparent wall, then he made a plus sign in the wall and they flew right through it into the stories in the bible.
  6. What was Larry’s only rule during their adventures? ‘Try not to touch anything’

Read an excerpt of the book here:

http://www.iziandlarrybooks.com/Izi_and_Larry_Chapter_One.pdf

Visit Izi and Larry here: http://www.iziandlarrybooks.com

Next Book of the Week:

MOBY DICK by Herman Melville

 

Matilda

Matilda-9780141346342Title:  Matilda

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Puffin books                   

Number of pages: 240        

Type of Book: Fiction

Age: 8+

Available here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/matilda/ or Plot 12 Johnson Street, Off Bode Thomas Road, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria and http://www.konga.com/matilda-1991425

Price: N1580 and N840

MY SUMMARY (without the ending):

This book is about a 5-year-old but do not be deceived, your 8-year-old may not be able to read it without a dictionary and/or some adult supervision.

Matilda is an absolutely delightful story about a tiny little genius called Matilda. Matilda is a well-behaved, mild-mannered child born to the nastiest set of parents in the world and schooling in a primary school with a most monstrous headmistress. Matilda’s parents are more interested in their work (Matilda’s Father), games (Matilda’s mother) and their son than their little girl. Miss Trunchbull her headmistress, hates little children and is fond of picking them up and throwing them out of windows or locking them in dark cupboards. In the midst of the madness and cruelty that she lives in, Matilda makes new friends and discovers that she has magical powers, which she uses to play (sometimes outrageous) practical jokes on her ‘enemies’: her parents and Miss Trunchbull.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! The book made me laugh and laugh and laugh. I loved the description of the characters especially Miss Trunchbull and Matilda’s parents. I loved the practical jokes Matilda played on her parents and Trunchbull.

I also loved the fact that this book contains references to so many other good books as well as a mini reading list. I think this is Dahl’s way of trying to get children to read more books. I enjoyed this book as a child and I appreciated it even more as an adult.

DOWN: None

RATING

5 stars

TRIVIA

  1. Hortensia got thrown into ‘The Chokey’ because she put this in Miss Trunchbull’s knickers? Itching powder
  2. What is ‘The Chokey’? A tall and narrow dark cupboard where Miss Trunchbull locked the children up to punish them.
  3. “Looking at her, you got the feeling that this was someone who could bend iron bars and tear telephone directories in half.’ Who was Matilda describing? Miss Trunchbull.
  4. Matilda loved doing this more than anything else? Reading Books
  5. Matilda’s magical powers shot from here? Her eyes
  6. Matilda played tricks on these people because she disliked them as much as she did Miss Trunchbull? Her parents

BONUS:

Matilda knew no parent would ever believe this story: That Miss Trunchbull picked Amada Thripp up by the hair and threw her across the playground.

Read an excerpt here: http://www.npr.org/books/titles/205190773/matilda#excerpt

Visit Matilda here: http://www.roalddahl.com/roald-dahl/stories/1980s/matilda

CHALLENGE

CREATE (WRITE a
Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. What do you think would have happened if Matilda hadn’t lost her magical powers? Write a different ending for the book. 150 words OR write a review of the book. 100 words.

OR

  1. Draw a picture
    of Miss Trunchbull based on her description in the book

OR

  1. Write a limerick about the importance of reading books

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The best entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Monday, October 18th.

Next Book of the Week

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF IZI AND LARRY THE DINOSAUR by Olusegun Akande

Readers’ Theatre Twelve Plays For Young People

ReadersTheatreTitle: Readers’ Theatre Twelve Plays For Young People

Author: Mabel Segun

Publisher: Mabelline Publications

Number of pages: 191

Type of Book: Fiction, African

Age: 8+

Available here: Terrakulture Victoria Island, Lagos

Price: N 800

MY SUMMARY

First off, this book was a joint winner of the NLNG prize for Children’s Literature in 2007. It is a book of 12 plays for readers aged 8 – 15. The first 8 plays are based on popular folktales about talking drums, birds and tortoises. Each play has a moral lesson or two to be learnt without being didactic. The last 4 are based on Nigerian history, heroes and heroines such as King Jaja of Opobo, Queen Moremi, the Egungun Festival of Yoruba land. This book is fun and easy to read and the plays. I recommend this for reluctant readers and children who love drama/acting.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: The book is divided into 5 parts. The first 3 parts are guidelines on how to act each play complete with detailed information on costumes, props, scene changes, tone of voice and facial expressions, etc. These make it very easy for kids to act the plays.

DOWN: None

RATING

3.5 Stars 

TRIVIA

  1. Which Igbo boy rose from the rank of slave to Head of a popular House in the Niger Delta and finally a King in Opobo? King Jaja of Opobo.
  2. Did Tortoise become pregnant after eating a pot of soup that was meant for his wife? Find out in The Pot of Medicine
  3. The theme ‘Everyday for the thief and one day for the owner’ was evident in which story? Tortoise and the Groundnut seller
  4. What became of the girl who was swallowed by a talking drum? Find out in The Swallowing Drum
  5. Which are more important, the eyes or the legs? Find out Akin’s choice in Akin, the Blind and Lame Man.
  6. Which popular festival in Yoruba Land started as a celebration of a mother and later became a commemoration of the ancestors? The Egungun Festival

Visit Mabel Segun and the book here: www.mabelsegun.com

Next Book of the Week 

THE MISSING CLOCK by Mai Nasara

 

The Golden Years of Reading

Growing up, I read anything and everything I laid my hands on.

At age 5, you would find me in my dad’s favourite armchair in our living room, reading the paper. Never mind that I was half covered by the thing and only my legs and the little hands clutching the sides of the paper would be visible. Never mind that I probably understood about twenty words per page. I just wanted to read.

At age 8, I had read everything written by Enid Blyton. At age 9, I had run out of books in my house (my poor mother simply couldn’t keep up), my friends’ houses and the school library so I moved to my mum’s wardrobe (secretly) for Mills and Boon.

At age 9.5, I wrote my first story. I wish I could say I remember the story but I don’t. I do vividly remember that I wrote with a blue pen on plain white A4 sized paper. Then I cut the paper up into little squares, bound it with yellow cardboard sheets and voila! My first book! I wrote many more ‘books’ for my classmates and by the time I graduated from primary school, I was a popular writer and I had ‘published’ at least a dozen books.

At age 12, while my classmates read integrated science books and prepared for Junior WAEC, I read my literature books, Jackie Collins and Barbara Cartland and wrote articles for my magazine.

At age 16, I stopped reading. But that’s a story for another day/blog post.

Today, I’ve decided to start a Children’s Book Review Blog for Nigerian Children.

This blog is primarily for anyone from ages 7-12. These are the golden years of reading. We are able to read alone for the first time and to choose the books we want to read. I want to help kids find and read wonderful books. To love them, live them and maybe create a few stories of their own.

Parents, teachers, siblings (older and younger), friends, not-friends and well-wishers of 7-12 year olds are also welcome. I will endeavour to find one or two things to keep you busy and smiling 🙂