This book is aimed at children in Year 3, so in the 7-8 age group. There are three books in the Junior English series by Galore Park, which then lead into the "So you really want to learn English" series for the older child. If you have a child at an independent school and want a book which will follow the same curriculum, if you are home schooling and want an English book with more depth than most on the market, or if you are already thinking of that all important 11+ exam and a selective grammar school, then this is the book for you.
The book has ten chapters, but is split into various activities. As well as good, in depth comprehension exercises, it covers subjects such as nouns, capital letters, full stops, adjectives, etc as well as tackling spelling in each chapter. Unlike most English books on the market, it requires the child to answer questions in complete sentences, has writing exercises to extend storywriting or factual writing, gives examples of further reading if your child has enjoyed the extract each comprehension piece is taken from and suggests "Other things to do..." with extra activities.
For me, these are really the best books on the market if you are looking for something beyond a simple workbook. I should point out that your child will need to complete the exercises in a different notebook, the answers cannot simply be 'filled in'. There is also an answer book Junior English Book 1 Answer Book
, although at this age you may be able to do without it. However, as the series progresses you might prefer to have the answer book at hand. Either way, this is an excellent buy and will certainly improve your child's written English.