Orion Early Reader Books – Princesses and Horrid Henry

With Miss M’s love of reading, her ability to independently read is progressing well and the Early Reader books from Orion are ideal in making that step from large picture books to proper grown up books.  Miss M loves that they are broken down into small chapters (chapters make her feel very grown up) and the text is interspersed with pictures to help maintain interest and entertain.

princesses bookA Palace Full of Princesses is a delightful book for any little girl containing four classic princess fairytales.

  • Cinderella
  • Snow White
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Frog Prince

Each story is broken down into chapters making it easy to read but the storyline has kept to the traditional fairytales we all know and love just written in an update way for children to enjoy.

This early reader book is simple enough for 5 yr old Miss M to read although there are a good selection of new or longer words to challenge her and make her think or ask for assistance.  She loves the pictures to go with the story and it gives her confidence in what she is reading to ensure she understands the story properly.

palace of princesses orion booksI love this collection of princess stories, a perfect addition to any young girl’s bookshelf.  The book printed on top quality paper with a high glossy cover.  This would make a lovely present for any little girl this Christmas.


Horrid Henry royal riotHorrid Henry is one of Miss M’s favourite characters, she is mesmerised by his naughtiness and he always has her in fits of giggles when she watches the programme on television.  Now that she has started to read, Horrid Henry books are a great choice for her as it is a character she knows and loves, so she finds it easier to pick up the storyline.

Horrid Henry’s Royal Riot is a collection of four Horrid Henry books presented in a beautiful hard back book.

  • Horrid Henry’s Thank You Letter
  • Horrid Henry Meets the Queen
  • Moody Margaret’s School
  • Horrid Henry’s Sports Day

Each story is broken down into chapters with plenty of entertaining illustrations to keep your child occupied.  Miss M likes to look at the pictures before she reads each page which I think also helps her read the next part.  Miss M found this book a little trickier than the princesses book but only because it’s written with a lot of conversation between Henry and others, and she’s never quite sure where to pause for breath.  We found to start with I read one page and she read the next which kept her motivation up.

We started with Horrid Henry’s Thank You Letter which is about Horrid Henry not wanting to write his thank you letters after Christmas and the battle of his parents trying to get him to do them.  Eventually he did them and then found a way to make money out of writing them on behalf of his friends,  I’ll let you read the rest.

Horrid Henry royal riot pagesHorrid Henry’s Royal Riot is a lovely early reader book that boys and girls will love equally.  And with four stories under one cover this has to be a book that will last and children will read again and again.  Another great gift idea this Christmas for young readers out there.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Orion Children’s Early Reader books – Review

I’m really pleased with how Miss M’s reading has come along since she started school.  She’s doing excellently with her phonics and loves sitting to read by herself in bed.  So when Orion Books sent us some early reader books to try, I knew she would be pleased.

orion books shumbaThe first book we read was Shumba’s Big Adventure, a lovely story of a cute little lion cub who wanders away from home, ends up being captured and taken on an adventure with other animals before luckily escaping and finding his way back to his family.

The book is full of colour illustrations on every page and with just a couple of lines to read which ensures young children like Miss M don’t get bored.  Miss M did really well and could read a lot of the words although there were some words that challenged her, so I felt that this is the perfect level of book for her.

orion books henryThe next book we read was Horrid Henry’s Homework – as soon as Miss M saw the front cover she was very excited as she is a huge Horrid Henry fan and sits watching his DVD’s whenever she gets the chance.

Miss M found this book more challenging than Shumba’s Big Adventure, but in a way that is a good thing, as it gives her something to practice.  As the book really appeals to her she is determined to give it a go and we try a few pages at a time.

orion books shumba horrid henry

One thing Miss M loved about both of these books is the chapters!  It made her feel all grown up and she loved using her bookmark to keep her page.  I think both of these books make excellent early readers, I love the fact that every single page is illustrated and with just a few lines of writing, the child doesn’t get lost in a sea of words.  The books are of excellent quality with durable pages.  A thumbs up from us!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.