The Dog Ate My Homework

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Poet Aaron James provides young readers
with a collection of hilarious and touching poems, beautifully
illustrated, which recount the exploits of young Jimmy. The poems
cover everything from youthful games and exploits, to school dinners
and making new friends which will resonate with both young children
and their families.

Fun, cheerful and illustrated in an eye-catching, hand-drawn style,
THE DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK will not only entertain and spark the
imagination of children from the ages of 4-8 years old but will
provide parents, and extended families, with something new and amusing
with which to occupy those tricky lights-out bedtime moments.

My Thoughts

Children will take this one straight off the bookshelf on account of its appealing title and eye-catching colourful cover illustrations.

Anything that gets children into poetry is a winner with me and young readers will certainly relate to the subject matter covered in these poems; homework, first day at school, school dinners and new trainers.  Evocative stuff for primary school children. 

The poems read well aloud, with or without an adult, and would be comforting to read quietly in bed alone too.  There is a passion and enthusiasm to the text young readers will definitely find contagious and the illustrations are vivid and clear. 



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Review to follow (busy week!) but, as you can see, I adored this hence its position as the March Book of the Month!  



Igniting Writing is a creative writing club hosted at Wokingham Library and completely free to attend. The club provides a fun, relaxed atmosphere where 11-18 year-olds can develop their storytelling and writing skills. Writing can be a bit of a solitary activity, so this provides a great opportunity for teens to come together and write as a group, share their imaginative story ideas with others and build friendships with other young aspiring writers. Sessions are held on Saturday mornings, 10:30am to 12noon, and focus on a different aspect of writing every week, from creating characters and settings to exploring genres like sci-fi, fantasy and beyond. Roughly once a month Igniting Writing also hosts 'guest speaker' sessions, where local authors, poets, journalists and other people experienced in the world of writing come and share their knowledge and advice – it's a chance to get the inside scoop from the pros!