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Chae Strathie is an award-winning children’s author and journalist who grew up in a tiny village surrounded by a forest in Scotland, which probably explains a lot. His first attempt at professional writing was creating a Star Wars comic at the age of seven. He sold two copies and made a total of four pence. A regular at major book festivals, Chae has toured the length and breadth of the UK and visited schools as far afield as Romania, reading his stories, acting the goat and singing silly songs about worm ice cream and beard-growing. He lives by the sea in Fife with his wife, three annoying cats and a very old goldfish called Lazarus.
Produced in association with the British Museum this highly illustrated book gives kids a real sense of what life was like in Ancient Rome. It does so by asking them to put themselves in the sandals of their young forbears and compare aspects of their lives – humorously, mainly the worst bits. For example, they’re asked to imagine how horrendous school maths would be if all the letters were numbers, as they were for the Romans – it gives a whole new meaning to long division. There are sections on food, medicine (SO much better now) and family life too plus an index and glossary. Entertaining, accessible and full of information this merits X out of X.
Shortlisted for the Teach Primary Book Awards 2019 | This hilarious and fascinating book written by by award-winning author Chae Strathie is packed with historical facts and brought to life with rich, humorous illustrations by super-talented Marisa Morea. A kid's life in ancient Egypt might sound like fun with all the cool pyramids and glorious sunny weather, but actually it was rather tough! Learn how difficult life really was, from dodging Deathstalker scorpions and cleaning up cow dung, to fetching water from the well, eating roast hedgehog and being slammed in the stocks for being naughty at school! Probably the first book about ancient Egypt that involves bubble wrap and skateboards! Packed with facts and fantastic illustrations, this funny and accessible introduction to ancient Egypt is a must-read for kids with a passion for horrible history Other titles in the series include: Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, Aztec Age
So You Think You've Got It Bad? | A kid's life in ancient Greece might sound like fun, what with all that brilliant sunny weather and watching the Olympic Games, but actually life for kids could be pretty hard. In this hilarious book, written by award-winning author Chae Strathie, children will learn just how tough life really was, from living on a diet of blood soup whilst wearing nothing but a cloak, to having to learn a poem that was over 15,000 lines long! Thanks, but no thanks, Homer! Probably the first book about ancient Greece to feature a race between a go-kart and a goose, this is a must read for kids with a passion for horrible history! P
Winner of Bookbug Readers category (3-7 years) Scottish Children’s Book Award 2013 Fans of Aliens Love Underpants will laugh equally loudly at this story which also has a useful moral. With its gunk on the carpet and junk on the bed, the bedroom of Johnny McNess is such a mess that his mum is sure that the horrible Jumble Monster will soon be along to feast on the horrible slobbery. And mum is right! Luckily, there is one machine that Jumblebum cant stand and Johnny gets him into it as soon as possible. And his room is never messy again! The winners of each of the categories - 3-7, 8-11 and 12-16 - of the Scottish Children’s Book Award 2013 are voted for by children and will be announced in March 2014. If you would like to register to vote, visit www.scottishbooktrust.com. You can also add a review on their site and here at Lovereading we would also be delighted to receive reviews of any of the shortlisted titles, which we will load on to the site. Just email your review through to email@example.com
An inventive space fantasy tells how the Loon powers the lights on the Moon by sucking up all the dreams that leak from children. Suddenly, disaster strikes! Earth children are producing no more dreams! The Loon sets off to Neptune but the Noodle’s have used up all of their dream steam. On Venus the Vimtingles are too busy laughing to care about dreaming…Can the Loon keep the Moon shining its light? A humourous look at the space!
A warm and comforting story that’s perfect for a toddler to give to their dad, particularly for Father’s Day. Dad’s wonderful tales of where he’s been, from flying round the world in a motorised bed to working as a top secret spy, bring out all the love and admiration that father and child could ever have for each other. Fabulous. This title is from the same author that created the magical book The Tickle Tree!.
This is one of the most beautiful books for bedtime reading that we’ve seen in a while. Full of strange creatures you’ll never have heard of from a Boomjangle and a Crabbysnap to a Giant Galumph to the Grimbles on Mars. And then of course there’s the place where the Tickle Tree grows.