Algy’s Amazing Adventures in Space – Review

Algy’s Amazing Adventures in Space is one of the latest books from the Orion Early Reader series.  It is a red Early Reader which means it is perfect for those who are to read by themselves or to a listening adult.  Miss M is 6 and a fairly confident reader so this is perfect for her to sit down and enjoy.

Algy early reader orionThis book follows the adventures that a young boy Algy has when he visits the shed at the end of his garden.  Behind a loose plank always lies an amazing adventure which he visits with the girl next door and her little brother.  In this book they find themselves in space on another planet where they find a little tin dog who leads them to a crater where the dog’s owner GUS, a robot has fallen.  Algy and his friend’s adventure follows their journey rescuing GUS from the hole and then learning a bit more about the planet such as the strange plants that are grown.  They soon decide to return home through the shed after learning that the masters of the planet are due to return and they are aliens!!

Algy early reader orion 2This Orion Early Reader is a fun read, one that all children will enjoy.  Miss M found it exciting and eager to read what happened next which is great to motivate her to finish the book.  The book is full of colour illustrations on each page too which keep a child’s interest, Miss M always like to stop and look at the pictures before continuing to read.

We love the Early Reader series from Orion and think Algy’s Amazing Adventures in Space fit in really well, definitely something all young readers will enjoy.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and the book was sent to us in order to write the review.

Horrid Henry’s Wedding – Early Reader Book Review

Horrid Henry’s Wedding is a classic tale of naughty Henry getting up to his usual antics and mischief.  In this story by Francesca Simon, Henry’s family are invited to Prissy Polly and Pimply Paul’s wedding and Horrid Henry is a pageboy!

Horrid Henry wedding book orion early readerThe day doesn’t start well with it pouring of rain, then Horrid Henry trips in a muddy puddle which covers his pageboy outfit before losing the rings in the church.  It’s never ending with Horrid Henry as usual but his constant antics are what keep children entertained.  Miss M enjoyed reading this and was amazed at all the things Henry got up to.  The book is an Orion red Early Reader which is perfect for her current reading ability and the writing is interspersed with plenty of colour pictures which helps maintain her interest and motivation to carry on reading.

Horrid Henry wedding book orionWe enjoyed this book and have already read it several times.  I would definitely recommend the Orion Early Reader series for young readers, they never fail to disappoint, are of a high quality and always full of colour illustrations that help bring the stories to life.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the book in order to write the review.


Lottie and Dottie Sow Carrots – Orion Early Reader

Lottie And Dottie Sow Carrots is a fun story by Claire Burgess in the Orion Early Reader blue series.  It’s perfect for this time of year, just as you head out to your own gardens to start sowing seeds and plant things for the season ahead.Lottie and DottieLottie and her little sister Dottie love growing things and head off to the local garden centre to choose some seeds.  They decide on something orange so look at the array of carrots on offer and buy some seeds.  With some helpful advice from a neighbour they set to work planting them and and the end of the summer they are able to pick them and eat them.

Lottie and Dottie picturesThis is a lovely book that 6yr old Miss M found simple to read, the colour illustrations on each page really engaged her and helped bring the story to life.  She paused after each page to view the pictures and reinforce her understanding of what she has just read.  I like these books because they are great to read together but she can also sit and read them alone and I know she is of the level where she is understanding and reading the majority of the book correctly.

Lottie and Dottie discover that growing your own carrots tastes so much better and is fun to do, something I think most children would enjoy.  After all, there’s nothing better than growing your own food then getting to eat it!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the book in order to write the review.

Horrid Henry Early Reader – Book Review

Horrid Henry’s Sleepover by Orion books is part of their early reader series which I think is perfect for young readers to bridge the gap between large style picture books and paperbacks.

Horrid Henry sleepoverMy 6yr old daughter loves Horrid Henry, is always giggling at his antics on television so a Horrid Henry book is ideal for her.  She is a fairly competent reader for her age and is able to sit and read this herself although does require some assistance with certain words so it’s good to sit down with her and listen to her read aloud.

The story follows Horrid Henry going to a friends house for a sleepover.  Although he’s done it many times before, he’s always got up to his usual mischief and been sent home but things work out slightly differently on this occasion and he chooses to go home rather than being sent home.  You’ll have to read the story to find out what happens…

Horrid henryMiss M loved Horrid Henry’s Sleepover book as I predicted and it’s been beside her bed since we received it.  She find’s it hilarious with some of his antics and the pictures really break up the text in the early reader books which keep her entertained and maintain her interest in reading.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the book in order to write the review.








The Little Nut Tree – Early Reader Book Review

The Little Nut Tree is a lovely little book for young readers, written by Sally Gardner.  It is based around the traditional rhyme and simply written with lots of illustrations making it a perfect book to be a part of Orion books, Early Reader series.

Little nut treeMiss M who is 6yrs old loves reading and has come along amazingly well at school.  This book is just right for her to sit and read through independently which she did and read right through to the end which she was so proud of.  The story follow a little girl who is given a little nut tree which everyone wants to come and see.  The little girl ends up giving it away.  Fortunately she finds a golden twig left behind which is almost magical and the next morning she finds that it’s grown into a new nut tree.

Nut treeThe book ends with the rhyme The Little Nut Tree.  I think this is a lovely book, with pretty illustrations that bring the story to life on each page, also keeping young readers entertained and motivated to keep reading.  This book is ideal for reading together or alone if the child is competent with it’s large clear font.  We’ve really enjoyed this book with Miss M using it to read alone and me reading it to both my children who enjoyed looking at the pictures while listening to the story.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received a copy of the book in order to write the review.

The First Christmas – Early Reader Book by Orion – Review

The First Christmas is a great story for this time of year, written especially for young readers in this Early Reader by Orion books.

The First Christmas orionMy daughter who is 5, picked this up as soon as it arrived and sat and read the entire book out loud to me.  It really appealed to her being very topical for December, and something she could relate to as she is currently practicing for her school nativity.  The First Christmas tells the story of Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem where their son Jesus is born. The shepherds and kings come to visit after following the bright star.

Early reader books make children feel more grown up reading and they love turning the page as they make their way through the book.  To ease them into more advanced books, there are pictures on every page to keep them engaged in the storyline and help them understand what’s going on.

We love early reader books, and The First Christmas is no exception.  Miss M enjoyed the story and it’s the perfect reading level for her.  She is able to read most words and needs prompting on a few others.  A great book for the festive period!

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 Books – Nanny Fox & Do you speak English Moon?

Orion books publish a wide range of books for children, something to appeal to all ages.  I’ve always found their books to be of an excellent quality so was delighted to try a couple of their picture books with my young children, aged 5 and 3.

Nanny fox orion books

Nanny Fox is a delightful picture book about a fox who befriends some chickens and ends up looking after them and protecting them from other foxes including his own family who he goes against.  The book is a nice length without being too long making it ideal to read to young children.  My two enjoying looking at the pictures as I read the story helping them to engage with the storyline and understand what was going on.  My little boy enjoyed pointing at things in the pictures and telling me what they were and they were both so pleased that the chicken’s didn’t get caught and eaten in the end.  The book displays lots of good messages about looking after others and caring for them and shows that friends can come from any background but still enjoy each others company.

do you speak english moon orion booksDo You Speak English Moon? is a hardback picture story book written by Francesca Simon (also author of the Horrid Henry books) and illustrated by Ben Cort.  This book is about a little boy asking questions to the moon to see if it does normal everyday things like he does.  It’s simplistic but has plenty to engage with.  For me the illustrations really make the book as they really encourage little minds to expand on the simple questions being asked to the moon.  There are lots of images that 3 yr old Mister B spotted that lit up his eyes like dinosaurs, pirates, big swirly ice creams giving us lots to talk about.  This book is written in a calming way so doesn’t over excite, making this an ideal bedtime reading book.  Perfect for my three year old – he loves it!

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.