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Rosie Watch - Editorial Expert

About Rosie Watch

Rosie Watch has taken her childhood passion for literature from classrooms in Cusco to Chelsea. With over 30 years of teaching experience and hundreds of books later, Rosie is still as eager as ever to get her hands on her next tome. Alongside a career in education, Rosie has also raised three boys and is well accustomed to separating the literary wheat from the chaff.

While running various English departments in schools across the country, Rosie has also had the chance to meet and run workshops with many children’s authors and poets including Nigel Hinton, Roger McGough and Michael Morpurgo. A firm believer in the importance of a willingness to look beyond what we already know and embrace change, Rosie has, in her teaching, maintained that elusive balance between the sharing of best practice and having a few lesser known ‘secrets’ up her sleeve in order to keep both children and her fellow teachers engaged.

Latest Reviews By Rosie Watch

I was not too sure what to expect when picking up this book but having read the introduction and hearing the author speak on Woman’s Hour Radio 4, I was keen to start. It is an incredibly readable book. Not what I was expecting, a book to inspire teachers, but a book packed with the most fascinating, and often quite harrowing stories of her pupils at Alperton Community School.  She talks about the children in such an insightful way, telling the reader not just about their time in the classroom, but about their background and their families and ... View Full Review
What a brilliant book. I have never taught forest school myself but have often worked in schools where outdoor learning is valued and enjoyed. Having read this book, I have to say I am quite inspired to join in! As Sarah Seaman says in her introduction, outdoors, a child will talk more, laugh more, socialize more and be creative and imaginative. Just what we want for our little people. The importance and benefits of outdoor learning has been recognised and practiced for some time. This book would certainly give anyone the confidence to proceed. It is cleverly set out, packed ... View Full Review
I knew I was going to like this book from the inscription… To all kids who are so well behaved who are SO good at always doing the right thing…that no one notices them. This is a wonderfully dramatic book based on the perfect pupil Beth, who is convinced she will again be the winner for the best-behaved pupil at the oncoming prize giving. However, the temptation is too great when she finds the headmaster’s diary with the prize winners written inside and is horrified to find she has not won at all. From then ... View Full Review
Blaze the Phoenix is the third in a series of books set in a magical world of unicorns and dragons, running parallel with a normal world of family life and friendship. It follows the adventures of Rosie and Kat as they attempt to solve the mystery of a time turning phoenix in Starfall forest. The characters and creatures are imaginatively described, though if you have not read the previous books, you need a glossary to keep up with the fast developing plot! There is somewhat of an overload of creatures, magic crystals and flutterpuffs, all introduced quite quickly and a ... View Full Review
An exciting adventure story that follows a group of children with superpowers and heart bonds with speaking dragons. The story is set in two realms, human and dragon, linked by portals and the ability of the children and dragons to communicate through thought. The story is fast paced and exciting and although it is the 4th book in the story, the previous adventures are explained by cleverly using a new character Lola who is told everything that has happened so far. It is a classic tale of good versus evil and has all the components necessary in a supernatural adventure ... View Full Review
There are so many beautiful and interesting books about Earth, that you tend to think you have seen all the pictures, watched all the programmes, read all the books, but when you read this book, you will realise you haven’t even touched the sides. It is a wonderfully eye-popping book. Separated into different areas of the earth, and then sub divided into areas of interest, beauty, and fascination. It sparks an interest, like a free sample into a new experience. On each page there is just enough information to tempt you into finding out more through further reading ... View Full Review
The big puzzle book is just what it says on the cover. 250 varied puzzles, quizzes and crosswords. It is set out in sections with a variety of activities within a theme; themes such as animals, history and transport. There is a good variety of topics and within each chapter there are word, picture and number puzzles, making it interesting and accessible, something for everyone. The book is not geared to a specific age group but the range of ability within the questions and puzzles covers a wide age range and ability levels. The book is a great size, easy to ... View Full Review
What a super introduction to Shakespeare and his play The Tempest. The story tells of a group of school children who are on a ferry to perform the play in a festival in Italy. If you know the Tempest, you can probably guess that their ferry capsizes, and the group are shipwrecked. The drama then unfolds! Half of the actors wash up on the beach, the other half and their teacher, Mr Fortune (or not so fortunate) are missing. The characters identities are set out in the first chapter, where the reader is introduced to the confident bossy leader, the ... View Full Review
This is the first story in a series about two children, Ellie and Blake, who can speak to and understand animals due to a magical telephone they find in the empty rooms of a house that the two families have just moved into. This first book introduces the characters, both animal and human, and the adventure starts. The book is written in chapters and is very visual. It is quite a fast-paced story, with Ellie and her mum’s circumstances described in just a couple of paragraphs. The divorce, the change of town and employment all take second place ... View Full Review
I was not too sure what to expect when picking up this book but having read the introduction and hearing the author speak on Woman’s Hour Radio 4, I was keen to start. It is an incredibly readable book. Not what I was expecting, a book to inspire teachers, but a book packed with the most fascinating, and often quite harrowing stories of her pupils at Alperton Community School.  She talks about the children in such an insightful way, telling the reader not just about their time in the classroom, but about their background and their families and ... View Full Review
You almost know this is going to be a beautiful book by its title. It is described as a Muslim book of shapes, but it is so much more.  I have to say I learned a lot from this book and was extremely glad of the informative and helpful glossary.  The book offers so much – history, shape and pattern, culture and colour. It is so clever that in addition to the different shapes written about on each page, there are more ovals, or arches to look for in the illustrations, subtly hidden in fabrics and the decorations ... View Full Review
What a sweet book. I love the idea of thinking about Elizabeth I as a little girl, and I am sure young children will relate to the annoyance of having to get dressed, teeth scrubbed and hair brushed when they would much rather be playing or staying in bed.  Rhyming books are always winners and are great for reading aloud and sharing with young children. Children will love searching for the last word in each verse. They will also love looking for the little mouse that is hiding on every page. An historical read enhanced ... View Full Review
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