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Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith.


In this hilarious first collaboration from Jory John and the multi-award winning Lane Smith, a penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like ... and it isn't all fun and games!


Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it's a land free of worries and responsibilities! Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no picnic. For starters, it is freezing.

Also, penguins have loads of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mum in a big crowd of identical penguins?


A feel-good read-aloud for readers of all ages, and the perfect  gift. It's dry, cynical humour might not reach the spot as far as the children are concerned, but I dare you not to love it yourself. 

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd 
ISBN: 9781406379150 


If you enjoy reading this book, you'll love Giraffe Problems too - by the same authors.

Next on my list of books adults will enjoy reading to their children is ....


Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown


Funky, funny and beautiful, this is an irresistible addition to every wild child's bookshelf."
– The Times


Are you bored with being sensible? Do you want to have more fun? Mr. Tiger knows exactly how you feel. Fed up with tea parties, top hats and talking about the weather, he astounds his friends when he decides to go... WILD. But does he go too far? After all, the wilderness can get pretty lonely.


Mr Tiger Goes Wild is a beautifully illustrated and brilliantly funny book from Caldecott Honor-winning artist Peter Brown that shows that there's a time and place for everything... even going wild. Peter Brown is also the creator of many other books including the fantastically funny My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not). I think this is a great read aloud book for KS1 children. 


Third on my list, is....


Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


This one is for older children, KS2, and is older than I am!!!!! Written in 1961, you will need a box of tissues as you read this, but I guarantee your children will LOVE it and you will too,


Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.

Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.