Henry Haynes and The Great Escape Paperback – 12 Apr 2014
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I especially love the way the story is framed within Henry's trip to the library where he is slightly in awe of the knowing and kindly librarian. It's a great way to encourage children to visit their local library - and librarians everywhere will want to stock this book!
So much adventure and fun is packed into this short book, which also includes nice touches of realistic detail making it easy for young readers to relate to Henry. As an added bonus, there are a couple of chapters of Inglis's "Eeek! The Runaway Alien" at the end, a slightly longer and more challenging read, to encourage young readers to progress. There's also the blurb for Inglis's "The Secret Lake" - another cracking adventure story in short, easily digestible chapters.
A useful book to encourage boys in particular to lose themselves in a good book - just as the hero does, quite literally! Good for 7-9 year olds, I'd say, though there's nothing in there that older boys of 10 and 11 won't enjoy, if they are reading a little under the target for their age group.
The device of falling into an adventure contained within a storybook is a good and timeless one, and I wonder whether Inglis has more adventures of this kind in mind for Henry? In the same way that the Narnia books have children everywhere checking the back of their wardrobe for snow, I'm sure there will be young readers gazing hopefully into their reading books, once they've read this one.Read more ›
'This book is about a boy who falls into a hole in a book. But the book whispers and has letters in the hole. When he lands, he's in London Zoo! He meets a snake that says he won't go home until he does what he tells him to do. I like this book because it's not a normal story: it's a story inside a story.'
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Our six year old boy read this book to himself and really enjoyed it.Published 21 months ago by ABR
Funny and fast-moving, this will keep the young reader page-turning to the end. Another great little story from Karen Inglis.Published on 25 May 2014 by Little Flo
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