Year 6 loved The Boy at the Back of the Class, so I was really keen to read this second novel by Onjali Q Rauf. I wasn't disappointed on so many levels. Like its predecessor, this deals with a serious issue: homelessness, and particularly our attitude towards the homeless.Told from the perspective of a bully, this book explores themes of bullying and homelessness, while celebrating kindness, friendship and the potential everyone has to change for the good. If anything, I enjoyed this book even more than the first.
An extract from the book:-
'The boy's an absolute menace.'
'He's a bully. A lost cause!'
'Why can't he be more like his sister?'
I've been getting into trouble for as long I can remember. Usually I don't mind 'cos some of my best, most brilliant ideas have come from sitting in detention.
But recently it feels like no one believes me about anything - even when I'm telling the truth! And it's only gotten worse since I played a prank on the old man who lives in the park.
Everyone thinks I'm just a bully. They don't believe I could be a hero.
But I'm going to prove them all wrong...
Age: 7 - 11 years
The Ickabog is coming… A mythical monster, a kingdom in peril, an adventure that will test two children’s bravery to the limit. Discover a brilliantly original fairy tale about the power of hope and friendship to triumph against all odds, from one of the world’s best storytellers.
The kingdom of Cornucopia was once the happiest in the world. It had plenty of gold, a king with the finest moustaches you could possibly imagine, and butchers, bakers and cheesemongers whose exquisite foods made a person dance with delight when they ate them.
Everything was perfect – except for the misty Marshlands to the north which, according to legend, were home to the monstrous Ickabog. Anyone sensible knew that the Ickabog was just a myth, to scare children into behaving. But the funny thing about myths is that sometimes they take on a life of their own.
Could a myth unseat a beloved king? Could a myth bring a once happy country to its knees? Could a myth thrust two children into an adventure they didn’t ask for and never expected?
If you’re feeling brave, step into the pages of this book to find out…
A beautiful hardback edition, perfect for sharing and gift-giving. Brought to life with full-colour illustrations by the young winners of The Ickabog competition.
I need to say this, probably hidden behind armoured casing, but I have only read one Harry Potter books - just not my thing, but I did enjoy Fantastic Beasts and where to find them which explained the creatures that appear in the Harry Potter . That said, I wanted to give The Ickabot a go. Actually, I enjoyed it for its merits - quite pithy and relevant about standing up for truth. It had all the elements of a traditional fairytale but it was much darker and not at all childish. The best bit was the illustrations - all contributed by children.
I have to confess, I bought this book because I liked the pun in its title, being a big Gray's Anatomy fan. But it is laugh-out-loud funny in a truly repulsive way. I LOVED IT! REvolting it might be, but it covers KS2 and KS3 biology syllabus!!!! Non-fiction fans, this is a must!
Do you ever think about your body and how it all works? Lfan. ike really properly think about it? The human body is extraordinary and fascinating and, well . . . pretty weird. Yours is weird, mine is weird, your maths teacher's is even weirder.
This book is going to tell you what's actually going on in there, and answer the really important questions, like:
Are bogeys safe to eat? Look, if your nose is going to all that effort of creating a snack, the least we can do is check out its nutritional value. (Yes, they're safe. Chew away!)
And how much of your life will you spend on the toilet? About a year - so bring a good book. (I recommend this one.)
So sit back, relax, put on some rubber gloves, and let a doctor take you on a poo (and puke) filled tour of your insides. Welcome to Kay's Anatomy*.
*a fancy word for your body. See, you're learning already.
'The sort of book I would have loved as a child' - Malorie Blackman
'Like listening to a teacher who makes pupils fall about' - The Times
'Absolutely packed with facts... Entertaining and highly informative' - Daily Mail
'As brilliant, and revolting, as the human body it celebrates' - The i newspaper
'Totally brilliant!' - Jacqueline Wilson
'If only this funny and informative book had been around when I was too embarrassed to teach my kids about bodily functions' - David Baddiel