When I was a little girl I used to spend so much time reading books that often my parents would find me hiding under my duvet late at night reading with a torch as I needed to finish yet another book.
Reading has always been my huge passion. Unfortunately thanks to blogging I sadly do not spend that much time reading books, mostly blogs but in past few months I have become a much more dedicated reader again.
My older daughter Isabelle who will turn 10 years this coming spring has really developed a huge taste for reading books in past 2 years which makes me truly happy and proud.
I often find her reading in her bedroom and am so pleased when she takes a book along to her younger sister’s swimming lessons instead of her iPad to play some games.
Olivia has only just started reception, and last week we had a parents’ meeting and I was almost in tears listening to her teacher telling me how amazing she was for her age.
She has learnt so much from her big sister who is a fab example to her, and I can see now already how much more she can do than her older sister at the same age who did not have a sibling to follow.
Seeing Olivia reading simple words, makes me realise how big she really is and that soon she will be the one reading stories to me like her older sister Isabelle.
But why am I sharing all this? We love stories & reading, and I strongly believe that children need to be encouraged to read from an early age, and what can be a better way that a super funny new book?
With Xmas round the corner I am also on the lookout for some new reads for my girls, and I am super excited about sharing what I have found!
I bet you have heard of David Baddiel before!
A highly acclaimed British comedian, novelist, television presenter and author, the brightest new star of children’s books and winner of the LOLLIES award.
If not, where have you been hiding? By the way, David’s debut “The Parent Agency” has sold over 20,000 copies so far!
The great news is that he has just published a brand new book, a laugh-out-loud adventure, called AniMalcolm!
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a bit of an animal…
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 Six school trip, which Malcolm never thought his parents would pay for. And yet there he is, on the bus, heading to… oh no. A farm.
Over the next days, Malcolm changes. He learns a lot about animals. More, in many ways, than he would like. He learns what it’s really like to be an animal. A whole series of animals, in fact…
It does make him think differently. And speak differently. And eat differently. And, um, smell differently. But will he end up the same as before?
Because sometimes the hardest thing to become is… yourself.
Win a copy over on my Facebook page!
For more information visit http://www.booksbybaddiel.com/ and the book is available to order via HarperCollins.co.uk (RRP £12.99)
ABOUT DAVID BADDIEL
David Baddiel is an author and comedian. His children’s novels The Parent Agency and The Person Controller have been runaway bestsellers and The Parent Agency was the winner of the Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9 to 13-year-olds at the inaugural Laugh Out Loud Awards. AniMalcolm is David’s third novel – and funniest yet.
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