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, to… Oh no. A Farm.
Over the next few days, Malcolm changes. He learns what it is really like to be an animal. A whole series of animals, in fact….
It does make him think differently. and, um, smell differently. But will he end up the same as before?
Because sometime the hardest thing to become is yourself.
Back with another book review. I have said it before and I will say it again, we love books! We love to read books as a family, on our own or as mummy and me time. It is so important to read with children and to get that routine of sitting quietly with a book set early on in a child’s life.
As you already may know BG1 loves to read. And I mean love. It is now the half term and BG1 has already set up her own library in her bedroom complete with an open sign and library cards.
We were offered recently the chance to review Animalcolm by David Baddiel, another author we have not come across before and another book to add to BG1’s Library.
Animalcolm is a book aimed at both boys and girls aged 7-11 years old. BG1 was quick to sit down on her own and begin reading the book.
She didn’t just read the book by herself. As we do BG1 and LM snuggled on the big arm chair with me and we read together. Throughout the book there were some illustrations scattered on various pages. Some were amusing and very characterful. I would have liked to have seen more illustrations in the book, mainly to help the younger children on the scale 7/8 year olds who still like to have some visuals.
The book is not a small quick read, it is a 355 page story and will take more than a couple of bedtime reading sessions to get through. However it is a good read with easy to read font and letter spacing throughout the book. So even when you are coming to the end of the day and you are ready to put the kids to bed and read them a story your tired eyes can still focus and follow along!
BG1 and LM loved this book, They enjoyed reading about Malcolm changing into different animals and going from hating animals to actually loving them. It sparked a conversation of what animal would you wish you could turn into. I chose myself a fierce lion so I could roar loudly. LM wanted to become a giraffe, his favourite zoo animal so he could reach up at the tallest trees. And BG1 wanted to become a penguin and live in Antarctica.
BG1 and LM had great fun throughout the book not only reading Malcolms story but also making up their own story and what they would do if they became a Tortoise, a cat, or a goat.
Over all AniMalcolm was a huge hit with BG1 who wants to read it again. It was fun and humorous and great to get the kids imagination flowing. We really enjoyed reading this book and will be looking at more David Baddiel Books to read.
You can buy your very own copy of AniMalcolm from Amazon!
What animal would you most like to turn into?
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post – We were also sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions and words are my own.
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