When the teacher decided to take the class out on a walk the children did not want to go …But…What could possibly go wrong?why did the class not feel well?Read the book to find out.
I would like to thank the writer and blog tour organiser for the ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
Having read a number of this author’s books, I was really looking forward to reviewing A Spooky Tale.
I have a close friend who is a teacher and I have heard that taking the class out for a walk can be an eventful time!
What I loved about this book, was the way the writer captured the sense of adventure felt by young children, embarking on a few hours of excitement from the classroom. Now admittedly these children aren’t keen to go, but it does turn out to be a wonderful experience for the reader, because they come across many different creatures, spooky moments and thankfully get back safely. What’s important about this story, is the sense of peril and menace, will make the story attractive to young children, whose natural sense of mischievousness will be held spellbound by the heightened feeling of adventure.
Given that children learn from what they see as well as what they read, illustrations always need to be beautiful, pop of the page and straight into their imaginations. They certainly do in A Spooky Tale! The illustrations are bright, beautifully drawn, colourful and compliment the story perfectly. Each child is given their own personality through the illustrations and any child is going to be fascinated by their reactions. Partner this up with a fun story, with easy to understand vocabulary and you have a wonderful children’s read.
I would recommend A Spooky Tale parents to read to their children and as a first independent read for young readers. It’s fun, attractive and will capture the imagination of children and families alike.
You can purchase this book from Amazon
About the author.
I am an author and a teacher and have written six children’s picture books, all with a bus included somewhere.
Having been able to share my first book, ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, it was time to think about writing a book for younger readers.
While visiting a local school the children were writing stories about a journey, we read Jay-Jay’s book and then I remembered a book that I had written some years before and I read this to the class too, and they loved it.
The original story was based on a walk with my class around the neighbourhood of Bewbush, Crawley. The walk had led to map work and sequencing. Then together with the class I wrote an imaginative adventure.
The events we imagined were put into a class book. The book was shared with many classes and it was always a favourite.
Now years later I decided it was time to update, improve and look at publishing the book.
There is indeed a walk around the district of Bewbush. and following the publication of the book I went back to see if and how the neighbourhood had changed.
‘Oh, I see you have written a book without a bus!’ commented a friend.
But, look through the pages and you will see there always has to be a bus!
The neighbourhood of Bewbush was a new estate built in Crawley town in the 1970’s. The area was built without any shops, school or safe places for children to play. It was an area of high need and was supported by a special playbus which offered a much-needed playgroup venue.
I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share my stories. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.