Children’s Books of the Month – October 2016

‘Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog’ by Mo Willems


Age: 4+

This story literally brings life to the saying ‘a picture tells a thousand words’. A picture book with few words, ‘Pigeon finds a hot dog’ is a hilarious anecdotal story for both adults and children. The story literally follows a pigeon who finds a hot dog and meets a duckling who questions this new and exciting finding. Though younger children may struggle to read the words, they will certainly appreciate the pictures. The pigeon in the story is quite sassy! I highly recommend the picture book, the story will have you repeating the quotes for days afterwards.

‘The Dinosaur that pooped the past’ by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter


Age: 2+

‘The Dinosaur who pooped’ is a hilariously funny book with a lot of child friendly toilet humour! It is a story about a boy and a dinosaur who accidentally find themselves in the past literally having to poop their way back to the present. The story is written in rhyme and has vibrant illustrations for children to engage with. As an adult, it made me laugh out loud!


‘The Giving Tree’ by Shel Silverstein


Age: 3+

This story was actually gifted to me by boyfriend. It has a beautiful message about love and friendship. ‘The Giving Tree’ is about a young boy who befriends a tree, he then visits this tree at each stage of his life with the tree giving a little part of itself to the boy each time. While the boy ages, the tree gets smaller. The underlying message of the story is the idea that no matter what challenges growing up in life throws at us love and friendship will remain even at the end. I dare you not to shed a tear! I have put the age for this book at aged 3+ though I think children will need to be a little older to appreciate the message.


‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce


Age: 9+

‘Cosmic’ is a story about a taller-than-average eleven year old boy whose thirst for adventure eventually finds him in space. Liam Digby is frequently mistaken for an adult due to his height, leading him and his friends on a series of adventures including an incident involving a Porsche! The story is heart-warming with a witty sense of humour. You immediately warm to Liam’s character and want to know what he will do next. The story further has some important underlying messages/ themes for the reader to consider. For example, ‘the dangers of growing up too soon’ and ‘the relationship between fathers and their children’. I have read and taught this story twice and both times the children have absolutely adored it. It is gripping and older children are able to understand the messages the author is sending to the audience.


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