Today we’re delighted to be taking part in HarperCollins’ Summer Reads Book Tour. We have been reading AniMalcolm by David Baddiel, so will share more about that with you, along with running a fabulous competition for one of you to win a big bundle of middle grade books, plenty to keep you reading throughout the summer!
AniMalcolm by David Baddiel
Malcolm doesn’t like animals.
Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday.
The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year 6 school trip, which Malcolm never thought his parents would pay for. And yet there he is, on the bus, heading to… oh no…
Over the next days, Malcolm changes. He learns a lot about animals. More, in many ways, than he would like. With the help of a magic goat, Malcolm is transformed into a whole series of animals.
He thinks differently. And speaks differently. And eats differently. But will he end up the same as he was before?
Because sometimes the hardest thing to become is… yourself.
You can listen to an extract here, read by the author himself…
When AniMalcolm arrived I thought it looked fun so I was looking forward to reading it with 7 year old Boo. It’s aimed at 8-12 year olds and is quite a thick book, so I assumed that we would read it together each night. Boo typically has a book read to her at bedtime, and then has a different book on the go that she reads to herself. However, completely undaunted by the size of this one and liking the look of the blurb, Boo read this one by herself in a week and thoroughly enjoyed it. She says:
“In this book a young boy called Malcolm has a strange adventure where he turns into lots of different animals. I liked the end part where someone…(Spoiler Alert, so I removed it!!).
AniMalcom is a great story to read. I especially liked the fun and helpful footnotes. I think all children should have this book, lots of laughs and giggles will be heard when reading this book.”
As I say, though Boo does read well and read quickly, I was surprised that she read this one by herself and so swiftly, too, so it’s testament to how good it must be! This book has been a hit here and it’s always great to discover authors that we’ve not read before that we really enjoy.
As I’m sure I have said before, I am always buying books for both myself and the kids, or taking them to the library where they can choose whatever they want for free! I place a huge amount of value in the importance of reading for both children and adults alike, and I think if I can support my kids to develop the lifelong reading bug through enjoying books, then my work here is done. The kids’ school don’t give homework during the holidays and I have never felt the need to set projects or keep work ticking over as I like them to have a break, but we do read daily. It’s a pastime and a lovely habit, not work, but it keeps those brains ticking!
This summer we’ve been fortunate to receive the fabulous book bundle from Harper Collins that should keep Boo busy all summer, she is thrilled with it. And that’s what I love most. That excitement over new books, that enthusiasm to delve into the stories and discover the magic amongst the pages. Can’t beat it!
I now have all ten books from the blog tour up for grabs for one lucky winner. To be in with a chance of winning it enter using the rafflecopter below before it closes at midnight 23rd July 2017. The competition is open to UK entrants only.
Tell me, who are your favourite children’s books’ authors?
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post, though all opinions remain mine and Boo’s