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Pearson's Book Panel - Ages 1-7 - Review thread

(375 Posts)
AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 25-Jul-11 09:29:51

You may know Mumsnet have been working with Pearson to provide some special learning-related content for you. Linked to the site is a Pearson shop where you can buy educational books for children. We invited MNers with a child aged between 1 and 7 to review the books available and this thread is for the reviews. Panellists will be sent up to 5 packs of books and reviews will continue to be added each month until the end of the year. Pearson will link to this thread from the shop.

As a thank you for taking part there will be a monthly prize draw for reviewers for all those who have submitted a review in that month. The prize each month will be £50 of John Lewis vouchers - the first draw will take place on 31 August and will be for one prize of £100 of John Lewis vouchers.

Below are the questions Pearson would like you to answer - when posting your review please add in the age of your child and please include the question as well as your response.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

Many thanks
MNHQ

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 25-Jul-11 09:38:12

Here's the feedback from LizzyLiz who emailed it in due to other commitments:

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Foundation Stage ( Look Up, Look Down, Harry and the Dinosaurs Like..., Look at Lego City, Dig and Tip). 'learning to read' pack I think, but since he can't read we read them together!

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
My son starts school in September so hasn't had any school books yet.
Thinking back to my other children though, the books are similar in that there is a lot of repetition so the children can predict the words on each page, same length.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Yes, he really enjoyed them. He liked looking for things on each page, counting how often things appeared (activites suggested at the back). He also picked up the repetition and enjoyed thinking he can read! He laughed at Look Up, Look Down, liked the Lego one and generally enjoyed the pictures.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I liked it. It's modern and appropriate. The Bug Notes at the front were useful and the activities at the back were engaging. I was a bit concerned about the 'branding' of the Lego book and my son did ask to buy some of the lego which appeared in it.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He liked it a lot.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes. Although at this level of reading I tend to just rely on school books as you need a lot of different ones and the children seem to outgrow them quickly.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Yes. We read them with a friend who enjoyed them too

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
4

BelleEnd Mon 25-Jul-11 10:05:48

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We got the year two/p3 books. They were the learning to read ones, I think. Flips and Spins, Adventure Kids Chase In New York, Casper's Scare School Meany Screamy Dancing, and Fun Festivals.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
I have no idea what the name of the scheme they use at school is blush but he's been reading the Bangers and Mash ones. My son is Welsh first language so has two sets of books at school- Welsh ones and English ones.
This pack compared very well with the ones he gets at school- They were far more engaging, and he was more interested in the subject. I think that the school ones tend to match him as far as reading ability goes, but not with the subject- He thinks they're babyish. The Pearson ones really interested him.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Yes, he loved them and we read them many times- Except for Flips and Spins, which he said was boring- He found it a lot less "cool" than the others, and quickly got bored. The others, however, went down an absolute storm, and all three will become firm favourites, I'm sure. I think he liked the Casper one because he seems to like books where there is mischief and wrongdoing! The Adventure one really appealed was really cleverly set out- I don't think he even realized he was reading. (He's very into comics, and this was set out in the same way). We had a real laugh with the festivals one, though he wasn't keen on the look of it to begin with- He thought it was very funny indeed, and he plans to visit the tomato festival as soon as he can book his own flights. grin

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
They're brilliant, thank you ever so much. We've always read books from school with him, as he gets so many sent home, but this has really made me realize that there are interesting and funny books available for him too. The only negatives is that Flips and Spins seems out of place in this pack- More obviously educational and not very eye-catching for a young 'un- And that the cover for Fun Festivals lets down what is a really good book that loads of children would enjoy.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
"Great and cool. Can we look on amazon for more?" grin

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Absolutely. I think they'd be spot on for most children, even for reluctant readers.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Yes he would... Which, considering how aware he is of liking "cool" things in front of his mates, is one hell of a testimonial!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

4.5, just because of the gym book. If that wasn' there, I'd have given it 6. smile

ilovesprouts Mon 25-Jul-11 13:33:19

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"? Foundation Stage ( Look Up, Look Down, Harry and the Dinosaurs Like..., Look at Lego City, Dig and Tip). 'learning to read' pack I think, but since he can't read we read them together
Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school? my son does not bring books home yet
Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?as he cant read we read together and he laughs as i do silly voices
Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?very good
Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?child non verbal
Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?yes w0uld recomend
Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?non verbal child
Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent 5*

meala Mon 25-Jul-11 13:34:07

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Year two/p3 books. "Cars, Cars, Cars", "Rainforest Adventure", "Yun and the Ice Spirit", "Can you do this". These were learning to read books I think.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
At school, the Oxford Reading Tree books are used which are great and entertaining. These Pearson books were good as they provided different characters and styles of books. The books were interesting and enjoyable.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
All the family enjoyed reading the books. My daughter was able to read a lot of the book by herself, although a few words were too difficult but that's to be expected as she's just completed P1 and the books are P3 level. My nursery aged son really enjoyed the car book too.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
We really enjoyed the books thank you. It was full of good quality books that entertained and were educational at the same time.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
My kids were both very keen to read the books, they kept asking when they could read again. The Can you do this book caused lots of giggles as we tried to perform the tasks (although this book was maybe a bit too short, some more tasks would be fun). "Yun and the Ice Spirit" was good and they wanted to know what happened in further adventures. They also wanted to read more about Lin and Ed.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes, I found them enjoyable and entertaining and so did my daughter.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
She would probably show her friends the books if they were over playing as she enjoyed them. Particularly the one with tasks.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

4 out of 5.
The task book was a bit too short. The others were great! Thanks again

BornToFolk Mon 25-Jul-11 13:36:19

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Learning to read I think. It was the Phonics Bug pack of 4 books.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

DS doesn't start school until Sept 2012 so I don't know what reading scheme he'll be on yet. However, my sister teaches Reception and she says they use the Pearson books (she likes them, by the way!)
Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

He has so far but I suspect a lot of that is due to the novelty of them being new books and also that it's the first time he's been able to have a crack at reading a book. I suspect he may lose interest once the novelty wears off...we'll see.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I like the fact they are very basic so that DS can have a go at reading the whole thing. They are nicely illustrated and contain humour that appeals to small children (squashed nits, waking up Dad by banging etc)

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

I'll have to ask him and report back!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes, but perhaps for a slightly older child, ie. one about to start school or if a child is asking to be taught to read.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

I'll ask him!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

4

vividgingerchilli Mon 25-Jul-11 13:37:09

We will do a review soon - we haven't received the books yet. Pearson sent us the wrong pack of books, however they were a lovely pack of books and DC will read them when he is older.
Can I just say how helpful Sarah and Chantal were at sorting it out so quickly and also that they generously are allowing us to keep the books we received in error.
I can do a review on the books that we received if you like?

Raahh Mon 25-Jul-11 15:15:29

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We got the Blue Bugs Pack for reading at home- for DD1, who is just learning to read and is only 4 (5 in August), and going in to yr1.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

DD uses ORT at school, and they are simple and concise in their approach. They are all a bit similar, so I liked the idea of using known characters in a simple story. (we got a Basil Brush book, and Jay and Sniffer).

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

DD couldn't read the books herself fully, but they were clear and she enjoyed the stories. She could pick out a lotof it, using phonics, so it worked well alongside things she has learnt at school. She especially liked the Lego ciity book, as her brother has A LOT of Lego city and it was an excuse to get to play with it!

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Nice, well presented books. I really like the activities, which gave DD lots to talk about. The Lego book may seem a bit commercial, but it is very well put together, and offered a lot of ideas for discussion- such as 'Can girls be aeroplane pilots' etc.grin

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

DD loved it, was very pleased to receive something for 'her' and now wants more Basil books (a def favourite in this house!). They made her more willing to read, as they didn't look so much like 'school books' she said!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I would recommend these as a good alternative to the usual reading schems as they seem less 'school-like', which can help to encourage dcs to read.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

DD has already taken them into school, and enjoyed talking about them with her friends and teacher.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

4.5 (only because there were only 3 books, and we've read them now!).

Hope this is helpful!

SilveryMoon Mon 25-Jul-11 18:03:55

Hi.
We got some phonics books and some read together books.
I tried to sit down with ds1 yesterday with the phonics books and he was not impressed.
I will try again in a few days and tackle the review questions then.

(I like them)

UniS Mon 25-Jul-11 19:44:46

1st impression is that the Year one bug club pack is about right for 5 yr old DS, he moves into year 1 in sept, is reading Red band ORT at school. The bug club Red band books we were sent are challenging him but are the right level, the rest are currently beyond him, BUT its whole year pack , so that's as it should be.
I'll be sharing teh pack about a bit in the next week, so will do proper review after that.

lego book was DSs favourite, a BIG hit, even if it is basicly an extended advert for the toy. TV tie ins will be interesting as DS is not familiar with the characters, we are TV less. Have to hope they work as stand alone stories.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 25-Jul-11 20:34:54

Bookmarking, will be back.

Lexilicious Mon 25-Jul-11 21:02:01

DS is 2 next Monday. We're in the Pre-School group so a couple of your questions aren't relevant for us but I'll try to answer the rest

Q1 We've been reading pre-school board books - DK Colours and Opposites

Q2 n/a

Q3 Definitely enjoys reading them. Generally when he's got any new toy/book/thing he's mad keen on it for a while, so this could just be the novelty, but these particular books have got him noticing colours and opposites slightly more, I think. I didn't even think he could say the word 'opposite' but he came out with it randomly last night, in context too.

Q4 Great. Obviously good quality books. The board pages are a little rigid and stuck together but some mucky thumbs will sort that out soon enough. I thought some of the choices of examples in the pictures to illustrate the colours were slightly strange, like using a pair of shoes for 'red' - DH said that's not very easy, those aren't inherently red things, just a raincoat that happens to be yellow. But by talking about it we realised the colours are being used as adjectives which is really good.

Q5 I'm pretty sure he likes them. They have displaced the "lift-the-flap planes" book from the 'climb on mummy or daddy and demand story' kit.

Q6 I would. I might find it difficult to say "they're very good for introducing adjectives" with a straight face though. And they are going to be interesting to a toddler for longer than a parent's patience will last, so in time they could become quite frustrating, but I don't have a way of gauging how long the phase will be till he moves on to other books.

Q7 I will update this question after Sunday when there are a load of toddlers here for his birthday party - see whether he picks out particular books to share. The more telling test might be if he wants to keep these for himself though!

Q8 Ooooh, I'm hedging at 4 stars, just in case there's something more amazing around the corner

Lexilicious Mon 25-Jul-11 21:05:01

oops, I didn't read the instructions - here are my answers again with the questions

DS is 2 next Monday. We're in the Pre-School group so a couple of your questions aren't relevant for us but I'll try to answer the rest

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Q1 We've been reading pre-school board books - DK Colours and Opposites

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

Q2 n/a

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Q3 Definitely enjoys reading them. Generally when he's got any new toy/book/thing he's mad keen on it for a while, so this could just be the novelty, but these particular books have got him noticing colours and opposites slightly more, I think. I didn't even think he could say the word 'opposite' but he came out with it randomly last night, in context too.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Q4 Great. Obviously good quality books. The board pages are a little rigid and stuck together but some mucky thumbs will sort that out soon enough. I thought some of the choices of examples in the pictures to illustrate the colours were slightly strange, like using a pair of shoes for 'red' - DH said that's not very easy, those aren't inherently red things, just a raincoat that happens to be yellow. But by talking about it we realised the colours are being used as adjectives which is really good.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

Q5 I'm pretty sure he likes them. They have displaced the "lift-the-flap planes" book from the 'climb on mummy or daddy and demand story' kit.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Q6 I would. I might find it difficult to say "they're very good for introducing adjectives" with a straight face though. And they are going to be interesting to a toddler for longer than a parent's patience will last, so in time they could become quite frustrating, but I don't have a way of gauging how long the phase will be till he moves on to other books.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Q7 I will update this question after Sunday when there are a load of toddlers here for his birthday party - see whether he picks out particular books to share. The more telling test might be if he wants to keep these for himself though!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

Q8 Ooooh, I'm hedging at 4 stars, just in case there's something more amazing around the corner

MrsOlf Mon 25-Jul-11 21:28:12

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
DD is 5 in September and starting reception then, so we're on the Foundation/P1 panel. We received the Learning to Read at Home with Bug Club pack (Phonics Bug Packs 1, 2 & 3, plus Bug Club Pink and Red).

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
DD doesn't have reading books from school but we do have some we've used at home as she was keen to read. The Phonics Bug packs were more modern, with more humour than other learn to read books we've seen before. The Bug Club books (including Harry and the Dinosaurs, Angelina Ballerina and Lego etc) were even more popular with DD, particularly Angelina and Harry and the Dinosaurs as we have some books with these characters already and DD was very pleased to be able to read these herself.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
DD definitely enjoyed the books. They were simple enough that she could read them pretty much on her own (she was happy reading stories to her little sister) but still interesting enough to capture her imagination.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
This is a great set for building confidence and I imagine would be a good complement for school reading schemes. The humour is always welcomed by parents who have to listen too...

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
DD loved them and wants to read them all again.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Definitely.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Yes - and she already has showed them to one of her friends.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
5 * from us

Thanks for the opportunity to look at them.

Fillybuster Mon 25-Jul-11 21:42:59

Will review shortly. We got a very big pack of books (thank you!) aimed at Year 2 and intended to be read alone. DS goes into Year 2 in September and loves reading, so was delighted to receive this out of the blue grin

We have been going through them in order, and DS is providing me with thorough feedback.

First impressions though: DS thinks the books are waaaay too easy. Lots of fun, and he's mostly enjoying them, but......he's speeding through them, a pack at a time (I think there are 4 books in each pack), with each pack lasting him about 20-30 mins in total. They mostly look a lot like the sort of books he brings home from the weekly 'library' visit, as opposed to his reading books which are normally more challenging.

Having said that, I should repeat that he is really enjoying the range of books and especially the non-fiction subjects in the packs.

My feeling is that Year 2 books should probably be a bit more challenging.

He's got about 2 packs to go, then I will come back and answer the questions properly.

onfriday Mon 25-Jul-11 23:07:02

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books
for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

foundation / p1 panel (puffin pk 3-5 charlia & lola etc). I assume they are for reading together

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading

practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme

does your child use at school?

She will be following the Oxford Reading Tree scheme at school. The books

in the pack are far more enjoyable to read that the ones her elder brother gets from the school.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why

not?
she did enjoy having the books read to her. It made it special that they

arrived in the post for her! She was very keen on the stickers. Her

favourite book from the pack was Bridget Fidget. (That was my favourite too -

good illustrations and the story kept their attention all the way through)

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Better than I was expecting - I was glad they were not Biff and Chip style

school books but ones we could all enjoy.
I prefer books without stickers. I think if a book is good enough to be

published it shouldn't need stickers to carry it. I also don't like the 'as

seen on tv' lure and wouldn't normally buy a book with that on it. The pack

had a good selection in it.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack? She liked it. She liked two of the stories - ‘I'm really ever so not well’ and ‘Bridget Fidget’. She liked the little cuckoo clock. She didn't really like ‘Babysitter bear. It was a bit too long so she didn't remember the beginning bit so wasn't really

anticipating the ending so the whole point of the journey and therefore the

book was a bit lost on her. It didn't help that she didn't know what a

babysitter is! (More our fault than hers). She called him city bear.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I would recommend Bridget Fidget but not the others. I thought the

illustrations were really fresh and eye-catching and each page was

interesting to look at. The pace of the story was just right too. I wouldn't

recommend Babysitter bear - I didn't like the way it jumped from the story

to the rhyming poem which was a bit clumsy anyway and not enjoyable to read.

I also don't like 'goodnight books' which Iam not expecting to be goodnight

books. I wouldn't recommend ‘I'm really ever so not well’ either. I don't like

tv spin-offs and the stickers were a distraction - when she showed the pack

to her friends they just talked about the stickers.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if

they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
She would recommend Bridget Fidget because she like it and because she liked the

little toy in it (the cuckoo clock)

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a

rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
I would give it a 3 - it was a lot better than I was hoping but not so good

that I would rush to recommend them to anyone. I am very judgemental about

children books as we have a good collection of new and vintage books so every new book we read is compared to 100 years worth of old favorite writers,

stories/illustrators such as Maurice Sendack, Curious George, Little Grey

Rabbit, Beatrix Potter, Judith Kerr, Shirley Hughes, Katie Morag, Quentin

Blake, Edward ardizzone

Thank you for the pack though - I usually buy books I am familiar with so it is interesting to have them chosen for us.

lisad123 Tue 26-Jul-11 08:47:52

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
IT deosnt tell me, but i would guess reading together as I have been given preschool

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school? NA

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not? She liked looking at the books but got bored quickly as I think it went on a little too long.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack? Nice looking and clearly going to last a while. Good quality and a great idea.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack? "They are nice"

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not? I wouldnt, but only because I think you have tried to cram in too much on each book. If its a counting book thats great but then it goes on to adding and taking away, and I think its a little too advanced for a preschooler.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Couldnt say, shes only 3

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent, 3, they are good quality books and very colourful and great to look at but think they were too long and tried to cover too much eg adding ect

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Tue 26-Jul-11 10:28:07

We are reviewing the pre-school pack and ds is 2 (3 in September)

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We had the pre school colours and opposite books and they were reading together.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
n/a

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
He loved looking at the books, although the colour one didn't hold his attention as much. Probably because he knows his colours already. He enjoyed identifying the objects on the page and shouting them out.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I thought the books were great and for the majority of the time they conveyed to both parent and child what the books were about and trying to achieve. I particularly liked the fact that the pictures were photographs of actual day to day objects rather than illustrations, there was no ambiguity about what the pictures were. The quality was great and the fact they are board books is a bonus as they are more robust.
There were a few random pictures though. For example on the colour blue page there was a mermaid and a soap shaped like a dolphin. The mermaid was dressed in blue, so ok I guess that's ok but it still seemed very random. However if you want a child to identify soap, the soap needs to look like a bar of soap, not a dolphin.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He said he liked them, but that's about as much as you'll get from a two year old!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes I would recommend the books to others. I think the pictures used set them apart from most other colour and opposite books.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
N/a

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
5 stars.

vividgingerchilli Tue 26-Jul-11 12:20:41

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

They were for DS to read himself, we got Robodog, Fat Lawrence and Cosmo and the Pirates.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

They use ORT and a large selection of other books not from a reading scheme.
These are longer than any of those that we have had come home so far but are about the same as what DS is reading at home.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

He said he liked the look of Robodog but not the others; that was his first impression. He was reluctant to read them at first.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I think they are excellent books, ideally pitched for a child aged 6 and with covers that look appealing as well.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

He says that they are all books that he would like to have read to him but he wouldn't want to read them himself at the moment. In Robodog he was put off by the character being called Chip because he doesn't like the ORT books and so he didn't want to read it at first. He says he is going to read Robodog but not the other two because he doesn't like pirates or cats.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes, they are just the right level for this age.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

He thinks that his three best friends would all like them because they all like reading a lot.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

I'd say 4.

WhatWouldLeoDo Tue 26-Jul-11 19:24:43

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

DS is only just 3 and it was a pre-school pack so I'm guessing 'reading together'? We got Dear Zoo, Meg and Mog and Each Peach Pear Plum.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

n/a

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Meg and Mog was the only one of the three that we haven't already got and he's definitely enjoyed reading them so far. There's quite a lot to talk to him about through the story - how many eggs, what happened when Meg stood on Mog's tail etc etc.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I was a teeny bit disappointed because we already have two of the books, but I guess that's just luck of the draw. My first impression was that these books are a bit young for the 3-5 market that Pearson pitch them at. Most mums I asked got Dear Zoo and Each Peach Pear Plum at an earlier age (around 12-18 months). Dear Zoo is a great first flap book and Each Peach... was a lovely first rhyming type book to read when DS was younger. However, we hadn't read either book for a while and it was a very different experience. I found Meg and Mog a bit dull to read, which if I'm honest would make me more likely to hide it on the bookshelf blush. I don't think all three would be the best bedtime stories which is probably when I'm most likely to read with DS - at bedtime we tend to read some longer stories (Julia Donaldson, Oliver Jeffries etc). Obviously DS can't read, but he's word perfect in some of these because he asks for them night after night.

That said, I can see that these short books are probably good for pre-schoolers that are just starting to learn to read and I guess that's why Pearson have them in the 3-5 category.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

He really liked all three books, particularly Dear Zoo! Despite not us not reading it for ages he was able to recite it back to me after just a couple of reads.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I'd recommend other parents should revisit Dear Zoo and Each Peach if they already have them but haven't looked at them for a while, but more for a bit of daytime interactive reading rather than a bedtime story. With Meg and Mog I was a bit 'meh'. The colours were bright but it didn't really flow well for me. And having a witch get up in the middle of the night isn't the best when you're trying to persuade your 3 year old to stop getting up in the middle of the night grin

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

I think he probably would. He loves finding things in Each Peach, doing animal noises in Dear Zoo and shouting out some of the loud noises from Meg.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

I'd say a 3.

shortie3 Tue 26-Jul-11 20:18:54

Q1 - The Foundation pack for 4-5 years (Reception age)
Q2 - We much preferred the Learn to Read packs (Ready to Read - Pink and Beginning to Read - Red) since there were diggers, lego and pirates! We will be using Oxford Reading Tree and we already started with the same set of books (encouraged by the preschool) and they are very compatible, offering more variety since it is free choice at bedtime reading.
Q3 - We loved the books since it is great to get more books and my son gets excited at books with interesting topics (see Q2)
Q4 - The pack was good and aimed appropriately for reception children starting to read. The use of phonics, short words (3/4 letter words) and the repetition was useful since it makes it easy for children to remember and pronounce. The use of plurals in the books were good to encourage them to start to learn to read themselves. The little exercises were great and my son looked forward to doing them
Q5 - My son thought they were good but said they "too easy". This is only because we started to read at the beginning of the year and have progressed quickly.
Q6 - Yes, would recommend. These books are exactly the type of books that we started with and a worthwhile investment. Having variety is good since it encourages the child to want to read and the learn to read pack does capture their attention. We will be using this for our second son in a couple of years.
Q7 - He would recommend the Learn to Read packs since of the topics covered but he thinks they are too easy and does not really understand that his friends have different reading levels. Not sure about Sid's nits, he did not know what they were and it was hard to explain!
Q8 - I would say 4 stars because we found the pack too easy but they may be my fault since I should have asked for a KS1 pack
Many thanks for the books

ThePrincessRoyalFiggyrolls Tue 26-Jul-11 21:38:01

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Foundation/P1 (I think am confused as we got the wrong set initially although the new ones are spot on grin) they are Charlie and Lola, Babysitter Bear and Bridget Fidget "reading together"

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

Not relevant yet.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
So far my dd has loved 2 of the 3 books we were reading together (Bridget Fidget and Charlie and Lola), she really related to Charlie and Lola and having a cold, we finished reading it and she went off to show her brother and father the "germs" grin

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I think these books are spot on as to where we are with reading together, they are long enough to remain interesting for her whilst not being too long to get bored, I enjoyed reading them to her and she enjoyed listening. We are looking forward to Babysitter Bear tomorrow (we recieved them today so done quite well!)

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

She loved Charlie and Lola could relate to the cold and the characters, being read twice in one night is usually a good sign. However a little like Mummy's new haircut she is non committal verbally grin unless bribed wink, however the highest praise of all is for a 3 yo to chat about them happily and take them to bed with her so she can "read" them in the morning to her bears.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Very much so, so far, they are clear and with interesting pictures with lots of scope for many years to come - we are enjoying reading it together now but I think that she will also enjoy reading them herself when she is better at reading!

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Currently I think she would take them round to houses if we are going to stay there however I think I would recommend them to my friends more than her directly recommending them.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
4-5* so far grin, she already knows that she is doing a "test" and is looking forward to the next lot of books smile. All I would say is that these are the types of books that I look out for when I go and buy her books, so I am delighted with the choice that has been made!

BigBadBear Wed 27-Jul-11 10:55:10

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Learning to read, I think. It was the Phonics Bug pack of 4 books that included The Bop, Sid and Duck, Big Fat Rat and Tut Tut Duck.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

DD1 doesn't start school until Sept (she'll be 5 in Oct) so I don't know what reading scheme she'll be on yet. At pre-school there was no scheme, just lots of books!

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

She did, because they are new books (and she loves books). But she did find it hard work as she is not fully reading yet.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I like the fact that they are quite basic so DD can have a decent stab at reading the whole thing. They are nicely illustrated and contain humour that appeals to small children (squashed nits, waking up Dad by banging etc), though some of the speech bubble text is not phonic and so doesn't fit with the rest of the book.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

She quite liked them but has not chosen them at bedtime, which is a telling sign.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes, but maybe not over other books that the child may find more interesting and though they are not designed as a reading scheme or as phonics, they would find good starter books (like Wibbly Pig).

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Probably not, for the reasons given above.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

3. They are quite nice, but haven't wowed me or DD1. Sorry.

gabity Wed 27-Jul-11 11:24:27

Pre-school books. Dear Zoo, Each Peach Pear Plum and Meg & Mog.

Yes, DD def enjoyed looking at the books and listening to the stories. She escpecially liked the 'flaps' in dear zoo and soon got the hang of opening them.

Lovely set of books, Dear Zoo was the favourite but think as she gets a bit older the other two will become favourites.

Carrying about Dear Zoo and opening the flaps to let the (poor) dog see the animals is a good sign!

Yes, would recommend all the books.

Overall would give 3 stars at this stage but feel in a years time when she appreciates the actual story a bit more the rating would be higher.

BornToFolk Wed 27-Jul-11 12:36:02

OK, I asked DS for his opinon

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

I like them. I like them because I know the words. I know "Dad" and "mad" and "tap". It's funny when Tim taps.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

I asked DS if his friends would like to read his books. He said no and I asked why and he said "because they are my books!" Obviously we need to work on sharing...grin
Anyway, when pushed, he conceded that his friends would probably like these books too (provided they had their own copies...)

SilveryMoon Wed 27-Jul-11 18:22:25

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We received 3 "read together" books, My Sister is an Alien, Bear Hunt and Beware of Boys.
We also received Phonics Phase 2 Sets 1-2 and Phase 2 Set 3.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
Ds1 has just finished nursery and will move into Reception class in September. He has been bringing home a reading book 3 times a week, these being read together books.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
He enjoyed the read together books, he asked lots of questions and was able to trell the story back to me from the pictures.
He does not like the phonics books. I have tried a few times to sit down with him to look at them and he says he doesn't like them and doesn't want to read and he will then choose a read together book.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I like the simplicity of the phonics books, but am not keen on the pictures. I followed the instructions in the covers which was very useful as I am/was unaware of exactly how to tackle encouraging him to start reading himself.
I liked the selection of read together books.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He loves the read together books, and I have found him 'reading' them on his own when I am cleaning.
He is not impressed by the phonics books but I shall continue encouraging him and submit another review if anything changes.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I would recommend the phonics books because of the3 instruction in the cover and the activities at the end.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
He's going to be 4 next week so he is a bit young for recommending books, but don't think the phonics books would be those he's pick out to show friends, no.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
I'd rate this pack a 3.

shaztwins1 Wed 27-Jul-11 22:10:08

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

we recieved the year 2 pack which is reading together , ben 10 which dd was not overly impressed with im afraid blush though her twin (boy)thought it was fabulous grin , all about mummy's,chocolate & the wrong jumper.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

she didnt like ben 10 at all but then she is a girly girl so not too concerned about that one to be honest and book went to good use as her brother loves it. The other books she found interesting and managed to read without any help from me.
Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Overall very good

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

She liked the pack bar one book mentioned above.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes , they were very easy to read lots of factual information as well as fiction and not too many difficult words in so suitable for her age range.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Yes dd is covering egypt next term so im sure she will take the book into school to show friends and teacher.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
I'd give the pack 4 stars as not a very girlie pack sent really but easily read without help.

thanks for our pack its given me a few hours sanity back during the summer holidays grin

TwoCotbeds Thu 28-Jul-11 10:22:31

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

A1 reading together. charlie and Lola I;m really ever so not well.
Bridget fidget and babysitter Bear.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme
does your child use at school?

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

DTD chose Charlie and Lola first to read then Babysitter bear. We have lots of Charlie and L already so I she knows and likes them and the telly programme. She listened carefully to both stories, but the biggest reaction was when she laughed when the bear fell in the pond in babysitter bear.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I thought t was good quality, the mostly level for her right now, as she is 4, and appealing pictures. I did think Bridget Fidget plot was a bit clumsy and whern I read it to her, her last choice, I dont think she followed it.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
She's only 4 but when asked straight after reading all three she said she liked best one was Charlie and L. We often reas 3 books in one go, as she has a twin brother and older sister so often I let each kid pick one book then I readd all three to all three kids.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I think babysitter bear would not last long as seemed a the most babyish for this age. I'd like a book to last a while before I'd buy it. Charlie and Lola are gd but not particularly would recommend as they are all very similar and formulaic so miss out the best aspect of getting books for kids - amazing them with new crazy, stimulating books.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Not really old enough

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
We have a lot of books already having 3 kids so these are not exciting enough to stand out and become favourites. Also Sch hol time so lot more things com[peting for kids time.
erm, we do often buy books fro charity shops so best thing about these books is they are all prstine, and new ! say er, 2.

TwoCotbeds Thu 28-Jul-11 10:26:29

Opps for Q3 Meant to say ....... We have lots of Charlie and L BOOKS already so I she knows and likes them and the telly programme.

vividgingerchilli Thu 28-Jul-11 12:34:47

and to add to mine, DC is now reading Robodog and is loving it smile

coffeekeepsmegoing Thu 28-Jul-11 14:30:42

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

My daughter and I have been reviewing a Foundation / P1 pack. The books are for reading together.

The books are "I'm really ever so not well" from the Charlie and Lola series created by Lauren Child, Babysitter Bear by Catherine and Laurence Anholt and Bridget Fidget by Joe Berger.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

My daughter is 4 but will not be starting school until August 2012.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

My daughter enjoyed looking at the pictures whilst I read the stories to her. She was particularly excited by the stickers in the Charlie and Lola book!

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

"I'm really ever so not well" from the Charlie and Lola series created by Lauren Child

My daughter is familiar with the Charlie and Lola characters from other stories we have read and she likes them because she can identify with the characters - she has a brother, although he is younger than her in a Peppa Pig / George fashion rather than older as is the case with Charlie and Lola. Generally the dynamics between the duo accurately represent the sort of sibling love / hate relationship that my two enjoy and it was touching that Charlie was helping to look after Lola. My daughter was amused that he ended up catching a cold as well. It would be a good story to get out next time they aren't feeling well.

We liked the interjection of songs that were written into the book. This is always good for stories that are being read aloud. It gives the reader and child the opportunity to have a sing story through the story. The part about germs was an important nod to health education, particularly useful for our family as we are toilet training my daughter's little brother and encouraging him to wash his hands.

The trademark Charlie and Lola illustrations containing real images of grass, biscuits and pink milk interspersed with vivid child like drawings representing a child's view of the world create the perfect mix of realism and escapism. The child like language of "flutterby" are endearing and enjoyed by adult and child alike.

Babysitter Bear by Catherine and Laurence Anholt

This book was a pleasant book about a Babysitter Bear which is a useful book for children and showed spending time with a babysitter as a positive experience. As it happens the twist in the tale was that the central character arrives home with the Babysitter Bear to a new baby sibling. It is a touching tale that would be a perfect gift for an older sibling when a new baby arrives. The tale is not gender specific so ideal for boys and girls alike.

The story shows the day as a journey and the central character and baby sitter bear meet familiar animal friends along the way. The story is filled with colourful illustrations. I would say this story would be suitable for ages 2-3. It is perhaps a little on the young side for my 4 year old.

Bridget Fidget by Joe Berger

This was a new author and character for me. The name "Bridget Fidget" with it's rhyme amused my daughter greatly. It is very appropriate for those children who won't sit still! Not only can they identify with the character but the story is fast paced and the illustrations are lively. It is also quite a speedy book if you don't have too much time or need to pin down a lively toddler for story time.

I particularly liked the retro-style fifties illustrations. This is all very fashionable at the moment.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

The Charlie and Lola story was my daughter's favourite of the three books. I think this is because she can identify with Lola. My daughter is quite a sedate and typically "girly". I think Bridget Fidget was a bit too lively for her and as I mentioned before, the Babysitter Bear story would have been ideal for her at 2 or 3 years old.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes, I think Charlie and Lola is an excellent series and I would recommend "Baby Sitter Bear" to parents of younger children, especially if they are about to have a new addition to the family. I would recommend "Bridget Fidget" to parents of the more lively children!

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

My daughter would recommend the Charlie and Lola and Bridget Fidget to her friends and she would recommend Babysitter Bear to her little brother who is 2.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

Overall I would give the pack a 4 out of 5 stars rating.

gazzalw Thu 28-Jul-11 16:22:57

Q 1. We got the Year 1 pack DD is 5 and going to be in Year 1 in September.
Q 2. Sorry can't remember the reading scheme at school but it's not the Oxford Reading Tree one - DD at end of summer term was reading level 5 books including Ali and Amina stories if that helps...Would say that the books had less text than the ones she's recently read at school though
Q 3. Think she enjoyed the variety and mix of factual and fictional writing. However, because they didn't necessarily consolidate the words/phrases she has been learning at school think she felt a bit thwarted at times.
Q4. I liked the variety and that it gave her something not too difficult to use to practise her reading and not forget some of the tricky words she's already learned.
Not totally sure that I was that keen that every book used different characters etc....it would have been nice to have some continuity - maybe repeat characters in different packs?
Q5. DD liked some of the books more than others (but that applies to school reading books too) - think she liked the ones which included nouns she has already learned to read - eg. bench!
Q6. I might, but most likely if they were using this type of reading scheme at school too....it didn't particularly feel as if these books flowed on in a fluid manner from the texts she's been using at school. But on the other hand the glossy books were exciting for her to look at!
Q7. she said 'no' quite emphatically when I just asked her!
Q8. Would probably give then 3/5 - liked the variety and the different types of subject matter to appeal to girls and boys but as I said think they would suit children most who were already using this scheme at school!

BornToFolk Thu 28-Jul-11 18:32:54

We just got another pack of books. Apparently the old pack was not suitable, although DS liked it and was getting on well with it!
We've now got Dear Zoo, Each Peach Pear Plum and Meg and Mog, all of which we've already got so I feel a bit of a fraud.
Anyway, I'll review them and pass on the extras copies to a friend.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We got the year 2 turquoise pack think they are learning to read ones.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
At school they have the Kipper and Chip books mostly. The story ones in this set were better than those.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
My daughter enjoyed the story books because they were not too long and had nice pictures. She was not too interested in Cars, cars, cars because that was for 'boys'

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Its always nice to have new books and I thought they were nice ones although I don't think we will be reading Can you do this? over and over again because once you have done it then that's it.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
She liked the books when they arrived and enjoyed looking at them but has not shown much interest since

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I would recommend them if they were cheap or free, they were not interesting enough to spend money on as they wouldn't become a childs favourite book

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Probably not as she didn't find them interesting enough or take a liking to any of the characters

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
I would rate these books 3 stars

Thanks for letting us try them out!

jimswifein1964 Fri 29-Jul-11 21:40:33

Reviewed with ds aged 5:

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We had Zip&Zap, Shaun the Sheep, and Dinosaurs. Yellow stage I think.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
Uses ORT. These were much harder than the ones from school so far, and the illustrations were much more varied. When i looked at them, I thought there was no way he'd be able to red any of it, and I was very shocked that he could! <terrible parent alert>

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
He absolutely loved them! Part of it was just getting some books in the post, but he actually really did enjoy the books, particularly Zip & Zap. He liked the storyline, and the fact that he could read alot of the words!

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
They were much better than my initial feeling upon opening the packet. I'm not sure how the dinosaur one fitted in with the others - not 100% sure if this is more of a reading pack or a reading together pack, as Zip&Zap was child level, but dinosaurs definitely wasnt.The pictures are fantastic; really appealing. I think the system is too complicated though; why cant it just be a colour, then numbered, per level? There seems to be all sorts of branches and subdivsions that I havent worked out yet.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
"Zip and Zap is funny and I like reading it. They dont know what a sheeps is. Zip and Zaps names they rhymes. Shaun the Sheep is funny too but its good on telly. The dinosaur book isnt as good as aliens.The alien one was the really best. I like the front and the back and the middle."

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
As books, definitely worth giving them a go, for the reasons outlined above. Ds isnt very into reading, but these books caught his attention! The level system is complex though. I would definitely buy/use them as books in themselves, but not sure about using as a system unless I really sat down and thought about it!

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
I dont think he would recommend books to anyone yet; he is too young for that. He might show someone and say 'thats a funny one'.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
4 stars, based on the ones we had.

MoChan Fri 29-Jul-11 22:04:04

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

A: We got a bag of the phonics bugs ones which I presume are for reception children (DD will be four next week, and starts reception in September). We got a pirate book, one about Angelina's red bicycle, and a third called something like 'The Hat Trick' (I have come away for a few days and the books are at home, sorry).

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

A: I believe DD's school use Oxford Reading Tree, and that's what she will get next year when she goes into reception. DD is already reading pretty proficiently, though. She kept badgering me to tell her how to read so I bought her a set of ORT books, and she has ploughed through to the third or fourth level in a very short time. The books we were sent proved somewhat unchallenging, DD whizzed through them. I think I prefer the structure of the ORT books, to be honest. Although DD didn't have too much trouble with them, I was surprised by some of the difficult words thrown into an otherwise very easy and repetitive text; maybe that's deliberate, I don't know, but it seems a bit counter-productive. The content is a bit more interesting, though. The stories aren't particularly more complex or inventive than the ORT ones, but they are very different in the way they look, the characters in them, etc, and I can imagine that variety will ultimately prove more interesting for children.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

DD was very excited to get the books. The Angelina book was especially thrilling, because Angelina gets a red bike for her birthday, and DD has asked for a red bike for her birthday! She has read that one quite a few times. She wasn't so enthralled by the pirate one. She is quite a pirate fan, but I think she found this book really very repetitive, and got bored very quickly. She liked the Hat Trick one because she found it funny.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

A: I quite liked them. I think that in some ways they are overambitious (trying to practice too many sounds in one book) and in some ways not ambitious enough - ie, repetition a good thing, but there's room for it to not get boring. We did really enjoy the Hat Trick and Angelina ones.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

A: She loves Angelina and she likes Hat Trick. She's not so bothered about the pirate book - as I said, she got bored of it.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

A: I would possibly recommend the Hat Trick and Angelina books, but this would be from an 'engaging story' point of view, rather than a 'helpful to the learning' point of view.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

A: She's probably a bit young, but she was keen to share them with her little friend from across the road.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

A: 3/5

Taffeta Sat 30-Jul-11 09:32:20

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Yellow set for Y1, for learning to read.
Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
DD (4, next week she's 5 ) uses ORT at school, these books were harder, but then she's an August birthday so isn't on a high level for her year.
Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
She LOVES Zip and Zap ( we have Zip and Zap and the Thing ), we've read it at least 6 times already. The Dinosaur fact book less so, and she quite likes the Shaun the Sheep one.
Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Good mixture, and love Zip and Zap. Vety, very funny, great illustrations too. Much better quality than Biff n Chip etc.
Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
Love Zip and Zap Mummy! Can we take it on holiday with us?
Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes, a real welcome change. Esp as I've done it all before with DS, much more intersting for me too!
Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Def recommend Zip and Zap.
Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
5

Taffeta Sat 30-Jul-11 09:33:45

Oh, and I have had to help her with quite a lot of the words as I would assume the level its aimed at is average child going into Y1. She's an Aug birthday as mentioned, and isn't flying with her reading yet.

OvO Sat 30-Jul-11 18:06:03

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

A: Bug Club Orange. I have no idea if these are learning to read or reading together ones. confused I would assume learning to read as DS has been assigned to the Year 2/P3 panel.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

A: My DS is home educated so we have no experience of reading practice books/schemes.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

A: Yes. He really liked the 'Chase in New York' book and the 'Fun Festivals' one. The 'Chase' one has a good 'twist' that he enjoyed and the graphics were good. The 'Festivals' one was suprisingly good. From the cover we weren't expecting much but it really caught his (and his 3 year old brother's) imagination. Lots of talking about the different festivals and looking up stuff about them online. The 'Casper' one was okay but not one he's been asking me to read over and over. The 'Flips and Spins' one he found boring.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

A: Very good. Really liked the Bug Notes/Time pages at the front and back. Helped get a lot more out of the books.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

A: He says he loves the 'Festivals' book best. Wants more of that one and the 'Chase in New York' one but not the others. He said, "Tell them please really nicely so they send me good ones." grin

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

A: Yes. They were fun but also had the bonus of the pages for parents.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

A: Yes. He's already shown the 'Festivals' book to a few friends.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent.

A: 4 out of 5. Books were good but the 'Flips and Spins' one was so uninteresting I can't give it 5 out of 5.

Scaredycat3000 Sat 30-Jul-11 21:14:16

My son is 2 years 3 months.
Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Reading together, Meg & Mog, Dear Zoo, Each peach pear plum.
Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
N/A
Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
My son has is really enjoying his new books. Meg & Mog contains many of his current favourite thing, Witches, Owls, eggs! Nice and clear pictures to point to. With Dear Zoo he eagerly turns the page, opens the flaps and watches our faces for the expressions we use. Each peach pear plum has been a little hit & miss, he is not familiar with the traditional characters, so the first reading was a bit of a flop, no idea who he was looking for. Then he wanted to read it again and totally got it. All the books he carried though and put on his book pile, so I'd say he liked them. Meg & Mog and Dear Zoo are read several times a day but Each peach pear plum has been dropped for the moment.
Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
If I had bought these books I would have bought them at least a year ago. I can see Meg & Mog will be a good first reading book. The story doesn't flow, but I don't think this matters. I think Each peach pear plum is a bit dated and twee, the drawings are very fussy, but went down better than expected with DS. Dear Zoo I think works on so many levels. Lift the flaps, animal noises, saying the animals, surprise faces/voices.
Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
I'd say he liked them, as he added them to his book pile that he knows get read to him and requests them at story time.
Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I would recommend Dear Zoo for parents with younger children, will keep their interest for a couple of years. Meg and Mog yes for a first reading book, but nothing special. Each peach, pear plum, not really, I just don't get it.
Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
N/A
Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
3* Dear Zoo would be higher, Each peach lower.

feedthegoat Sat 30-Jul-11 22:11:57

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We got the Year 1 learning to read Bug Club pack.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

Ds mainly brings home ORT books and had only just moved off stage 1+ (he has had the first stage 2 book the week before he broke up. I was a little concerned about the difficulty of these when I first saw them as most are beyond what he has brought home.

I did recognise some of the characters (sid and nan) out of some books he has brought back from school though. And I remember commenting at the time that Ds seemed to prefer these books to ORT.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Ds really surprised me as this is the first time he has actually been excited to read. I think the fact that the books are stretching him to his limit is exciting him and he is so proud that he is reading books that are so much harder than the ones he has had from school.

As he is a reluctant reader, I think having familiar characters (Shaun the Sheep, Wallace and Grommit, Basil Brush and Lego City has really appealed to him.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I really like it. I like the variety and the illustrations. The stories have kept ds interested. I like the use of familiar characters from tv too. I am well aware it is not everyones cup of tea but when faced with a child who panics about reading, it has proved useful. Ds has always loved being read to (we go through 12 library books a week) but is lacking confidence to read himself. These books have helped a great deal. He has made a pile of books tonight he wants to read in the morning. This is the first time I haven't had to force him to read.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

"I think they are rather good actually. I like Lego. Shaun the sheep is funny. I want to read Zip and Zap to Baa (Grandma) to show her how good I am now"

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes. Ds has found them really interesting and it has boosted his confidence no end. I think some school books can be a little dry and dated. These books definately seemed to engage him.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

I asked him this and he said "Yes, I think so. Well, if they liked books anyway!" That is fairly good praise from ds, he usually gives buts and maybes!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

I am going to give them a 5. This is purely because I am impressed that ds has been so interested and excited to try them. This hasn't occured with a good 80% of his school books so I am really pleased.

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Cantdothisagain Sun 31-Jul-11 08:57:51

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We reviewed the pre-school DK set, “My first words” and “My first numbers”. It was for “reading together”. The child who I’m meant to be reading these books with is 3 years 8 months, but we also read them with her one year old sister.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
The three year old did enjoy looking at the books, but the “My first words” book held limited appeal and seemed too “young” for her (we have a similar book, albeit larger, called “My First Words: Lets Get Talking” by Dorling Kindersley, which she loved as a 1-2 year old, and which her 1 year old sister loves now), yet on the other hand is definitely more complex than the book we already have because it introduces names like “spirit level” alongside the usual ones and she was interested in telling me what the words were by looking at the images. I also read it with the one year old a few times and she enjoyed it and it held her interest very well. The “My first numbers” book is more age-appropriate for the three year old as she loves the counting section at the end.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Both books are good quality, sturdy board books and are visually appealing. The “My first words” book appealed more to the 1 year old than to the 3 year old but the 3 year old has enjoyed practising counting, adding up, etc, which is new to her.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
My eldest daughter said that these were “very good books” but I should add that she says this about most books. She hasn’t clamoured to have them read to her repeatedly as she does with most storybooks but when I have picked them up she has been eager to “read” them together, which means that she tells me, and her little sister, what each picture is of, and then we practise counting and adding/taking away.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Not particularly, ie I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend them because they haven’t captured my daughter’s imagination, but I would say that they are attractive, good quality books that both my girls have enjoyed “reading” with me.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
She doesn’t really recommend books yet, but she does want to read storybooks with her friends, eg Hansel and Gretel, etc. Word type books are a little different though and I can’t see her going out of her way to tell her friends to read these. This isn’t a criticism of these particular books, just a fact about this sort of book.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
3

IlanaK Sun 31-Jul-11 12:25:39

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We got the preschool pack for ds3 who just turned 3 years old. It had Dear Zoo, Meg and Mog, and Each Peach Pear Plum. They were for me to read to him.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

Not applicable

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Yes, he was very excited to get them and loves them. We have already read Dear Zoo and Each Peach Pear Plum at his Grandma's house, but he was happy to get his own copy. He had not had Meg and Mog before. He has asked for them repeatedly over the last few days.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

A very good set for a young child. All three are classics.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

He loves them.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes I would. They are classic preschool books that most households will have at some point.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

He is not old enough but I imagine he would.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5

kennythekangaroo Mon 01-Aug-11 22:02:15

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We had the learning to read phonics bug set – “Sid’s nits”, “Tim’s din”, “Kit’s kip” and “Dig Sid dig”.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
DD is 4 in August and starts school in September so has not had any books from school yet. However I have borrowed a few “Sails foundation” books by Heinemann from my school over the holidays just to see how she gets on. I’ve really liked the Sails books as although they concentrate on a very small core vocabulary there is a lot going on in the pictures so you can expand the story.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
DD liked looking at the books at first especially as they came as a special parcel for her and had stickers etc. She doesn’t as yet know how to blend phonics together well enough to sound out words so couldn’t read them independently though I can see how they could be really good once she has had some letters and sounds input in school.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack? I wasn’t a huge fan of the stories as I found them quite stilted for a child to read. I can appreciate the fact that they are easily decodable after learning very few letter sounds but found them a bit boring. I did like the cover information for parents.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
She wasn’t that interested but I think she would come back to them after she has learnt some sounds in school.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I think they are OK as part of a varied school reading scheme but I wouldn’t suggest buying them.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not? Not at the moment as she prefers her story books.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent I would give it 3

bringinghomethebacon Mon 01-Aug-11 22:50:13

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We received a foundation/P1 pack. Three "BBC Active" Fun with Phonics packs. I assume they are for learning to read. DD1 is 4.5 and will be going into reception in September.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
I'm not sure which reading scheme they follow at the school. She was in the Early Years 1 nursery attached to the school last year, and they did a lot of phonics work (half an hour a day) but they haven't got onto reading schemes yet.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
She loved the DVDs. We haven't done the handwriting and letter & sounds books yet as to be honest we have bought a lot of books like these in the past and she has kind of lost interest in learning them with me. She seems to still enjoy it at school but they do very specific actions with the sounds and I don't know the actions so I can't really engage with DD about this! Plus I struggle myself to put the sounds together weirdly. I'm hoping to spend an afternoon with her going through them properly, 6 months ago she would have loved them but she just seems bored with me trying to teach her phonics at home. Her handwriting and phonic pronounciation is not good yet, she definitely needs practice but she has been doing phonics for ages at nursery (they do half an hour a day) and I think she's really frustrated that she can't put them together to make words yet. We have instead been following Ladybird word recognition books (Sam the dog, Kate and Tom - out of print but we have got quite a few on the local market and in charity shops). I think DD1 much prefers the word recognition style of learning to read. The books she has refused to read as being too hard and I have read them to her.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Pretty good in that the Cbeebies DVDS engage the attention and I can see that following the phonics learning in school these are spot on, I just happen to have a child who has really disengaged with the phonics learning.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
I have detailed her views in the reply to Q3 above.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
yes they are good but there is a lot of other similar stuff out there and these don't really stand out so I probably wouldn't think to recommend them- for a Cbeebies addict then yes!

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
No

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
Four stars.

bringinghomethebacon Mon 01-Aug-11 22:52:07

PS I should say that reading the books to DD she did reasonably enjoy them, she just didn't want to try to read them herself. She liked the pictures and the stories and did re-read some of the words to me, especially words that were written on the pictures ("pop" "fizz" "snack" "zzzz")

gazzalw Tue 02-Aug-11 08:43:57

Q3.Q4.Q5 When I did initial review, DD had read about 50% of the books - we have now read all of them. Have to say that her opinion of them hasn't changed -they somehow seem like harder work than the school ones - I would reiterate that I feel the scheme could do with greater continuity - either with the types of stories or repeated use of the same characters. It does feel a bit as if it's been thought thro' to equally appeal to those children (most likely boys methinks) who don't like story books (and can be put off reading at a very young age) and those to whom stories appeal. But I feel thereby lies this scheme's weakness rather than strength.

The stories in themselves do not grab my DD and she is usually one for sitting, picking up books and telling the story to her 'pretend friends' or when she's playing classroom teacher/pupils games! She is used to sitting and listening to more grown up fiction now (we have just finished reading 101 Dalmations - the proper book by Dodie Smith) so just wondering whether she is not finding them stimulating enough in the subject matter?

In defence of this reading scheme though, think that this learning-to-read phase is quite difficult. The relative simplicity of vocab (and story types) of these reading practice books does not necessarily correlate with the sophistication of stories that would naturally appeal to some of the children of this age.

Spirael Tue 02-Aug-11 09:02:20

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
The revised pack we were sent is DK Colours and Opposites, for reading together I assume!

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Yes, she enjoyed them. In particular she loves the Colours book, with the coloured objects and the noises they make. She keeps opening up the book to the red fire engine and pointing until I make the "Nee-naw!" sound for her!

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I was very impressed with these books. They're well constructed and seem like they'll stand up to punishment. The content is accurate and interesting, prompting and encouraging interactivity between reader and baby while looking at them together. They're also not tailored towards a particular gender.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
She's too young to voice an opinion, but she keeps getting them out of the toy box to play with - which speaks for itself really!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes, I would. I would buy them as a gift for friends with babies too. For all the reasons listed in Q4!

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
N/A

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
Hmm... We'll go for a 5, as I think they're perfect for a curious 13 month old.

MyLifeIsChaotic Tue 02-Aug-11 09:18:14

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WibblyBibble Tue 02-Aug-11 14:21:05

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
It was the preschool one, containing: Dear Zoo, Each Peach Pear Plum and Meg and Mog.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
n/a

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Yes, she enjoyed looking at them, and having the books read to her, though she got a bit impatient with Each Peach Pear Plum as it is not very interactive for a toddler (would be more appropriate for older children who knew all the nursery rhyme characters they were supposed to be looking for). She really, really enjoyed Dear Zoo, and actually enjoyed Meg and Mog a lot too, which surprised me as there is not much interactivity in that one- I think the colours and pictures are more striking than the realistic-colour in EPPP maybe?

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
It was a good book pack, but I would say the age targetting was not great- the books would be more appropriate for older preschoolers, rather than toddlers. I don't know if Pearson divided up the preschool category, but there's a lot of difference between a 20mo (my daughter) and a 3.5 yo. I would also probably not buy this set for her tbh as she is still likely to rip pages in paper books (most of her books are board books, a few paper ones- you can get a lot more variety of board books now than in the past I think).

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
She seemed to enjoy 2/3 of the books. We tried again with EPPP later and she did like it a bit more, but not as much as the others. I think the style appeals more to parents than to toddlers.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Probably if they had older preschoolers!

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
n/a

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
I think 3-4.

AnnieWinehouse Tue 02-Aug-11 20:43:01

Hi, sorry if it's a bit late!!!

DS is 6 (april) and is going into Year 2.


Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We reviewed Year2/P3 books:
The Coldest Day in the Zoo
The Last Polar Bears
The Werepuppy

Reading together (I think?)

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

I would say they were on a par with his Stage 10 ORT books, apart from The Coldest Day in the Zoo which was easier.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Yes definitely. He particularly enjoyed the Werepuppy as it was 'a bit scary!!' And the CDATZ was 'funny, but strange'. He enjoys reading most of the time, except when he's tired so it's good to have different books.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I would say suitable for his level. Stories relating to animals always amuse both my children even if they are fantasy. The content was suitable and got him talking about what could have happened etc.
Also he would be able to read them by himself

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

He liked them. Funny, but strange. He knows the stories aren't true but is still interested to find out what happens.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes, probably. Generally good stories. Also good for gifts or party bags...

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

He might mention them but I doubt that's what he and his friends talk about!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

4

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"? we got learning to read (I think) - Robodog, Fat Lawrence and Cosmo & the Pirates

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school? DD, age 5.75, is on ORT at school (just finished foundation) she is level 3/4 so these were longer and trickier than anything she has read herself

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not? She enjoyed having the books read to her but a bit too difficult / long for her to attempt on her own

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack? Good mix of writing and illustration but I think they are definitely more suited to being read by the child to being read out loud by the parent. Will keep them for DD to read when she is a bit better at it.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack? she loved the stories!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not? yes if their child was a bit better at reading than mine is.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not? yes I think so.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent 4/5

doigthebountyeater Tue 02-Aug-11 21:33:26

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

DS received 'Woof' by Allen Ahlberg, 'The legend of the Worst Boy in the World' by Eoin Colfer and 'The Hundred Mile An Hour Dog' by Jeremy Strong. I am guessing that they were for reading together.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

DS's class use ORT but he is a strong reader so has been left to his own devices and I tend to provide his books myself. The books were similar to the level that he would feel confident reading himself (but only just, I would say that they were at the more challenging end).

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

DS absolutely loved all three of these books. His favourite was the Eoin Colfer one which he found hysterically funny (he had to keep re-reading bits!) All three were very entertaining and interesting for him to read.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

These were an absolutely great selection of books. They were not books I would have immediately grabbed off the shelf - two were about dogs and we are not a 'doggy' family but actually all three books were exciting, fast paced, interesting and my son could relate easily to the main character in each ( a boy in each case).

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

He says they are all really good. 'The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World' was his favourite due to the comedy value of an evil older brother trying to get rid of a cute younger sibling - something my son found highly amusing and could relate to easily as he has a younger brother himself. All three novels were fast paced and had plenty of narrative hooks to keep him going.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I would absolutely recommend all three books. I would say that boys might find them more enjoyable than girls as they do seem to be written from a male perspective. Being a dog lover is not neccessary!

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

He would recommend them - they were all really very good books.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

Definitely 5 out of 5. Thank you for them! And we will definitely be buying more books from each of the three writers as we enjoyed these so much.

BerylOfLaughs Wed 03-Aug-11 18:41:49

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Year 1 - read together

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

DD is 5.3yrs using ORT, stage 9 at school. These books are much simpler and easier than she is used to.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

She enjoyed the Lego one - What we do all day. She's not particularly interested in lego but quite enjoyed the pictures. She rolled her eyes at the "Stop that noise" book and said "EASY", but when I asked her if she liked anything about it she said she liked the pictures. The cake sale goo appealed to her mainly because of the goo/slime! Again, she found it easy and flew through it in less than 5 minutes.
She somewhat enjoyed the books.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Unfortunately my daughter is reading well ahead of this level so the books weren't really appropriate, however any book with goo/slime is a hit! The pictures in all 3 books were good, with the lego and slime ones holding her interest the most. We would have loved these books a year ago.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

"I like them, the slime is funny" She now says she's not interested in the Lego one, but I could see was interested when she first saw it. She probably wouldn't choose it again. She said "(Stop that noise) is for babies".

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes, they are interesting books and are less boring than the school books we get (ORT), but we have read 90 of those and only 3 of these! I would definitely recommend parents try them out if they were looking for such books.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Not old enough to be discussing books with her friends! She might take to 'goo' book to her cousin's house to show him.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5. As good as these types of books come.

SeenButNotHeard Thu 04-Aug-11 19:25:44

Just marking my place with a quick note that we arrived back from holiday today to these great books. DD was delighted and insisted that she read one straight away.

Will be back later in the weekend to do a proper review, but going by the first book - all will be positive grin

Olivesandfeta Thu 04-Aug-11 21:13:39

I had an email to say I had been picked but no books have arrived. I emailled but haven't heard anything. Just wondering what is happening? Would hate to think theyd gone to the wrong place or something.

iloveblue Fri 05-Aug-11 09:24:08

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

It was the Year 2 'learning to read' pack.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

They use the ORT scheme at school but DS finished these in Y1 and has been reading books of his own choice as reading books for about 6 months.
The variety of the books was good compared to the ORT ones, the fact that there were non-fiction as well as fiction titles.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

He has enjoyed reading most of them, but has found them too easy and this meant his interest faded pretty quickly. He is a good reader for his age but certainly not the best in his class. (He is 7 in October)

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

We liked them in the main, but as I said above found the majority of them too easy and also too short. I am going to try them with my youngest son, who is starting Y1 in September - think they maybe more suitable.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

Quoting from him 'I like most of them, but thought some of them were a bit boring. I didn't like the 'How To Be A Jedi' book. My favourites were the Fang Family ones.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I wouldn't recommend them to another Y2 parent - but possibly a Y1 parent.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

No, he wouldn't - he didn't enjoy them enough.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

3 stars

christmasmum Sun 07-Aug-11 11:43:53

Hello!

Firstly a big thanks to Pearson and Mumsnet for the books we received! We also got the wrong pack first (though my younger DS is loving them!) so this review is a little later than it would have been.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
- I think reading together - we got Meg and Mog, Each Peach Pear Plum and Dear Zoo

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
- N/a

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
- My DD (3.5) enjoyed reading them but I think they are too short for a bedtime story, we are now reading books that are quite a lot longer. However, she is starting to try and recognise letters so these were good for that. We had read a few of the books a while ago, though she had forgotten them, but I think they were probably a bit too young for her to really enjoy now.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
- I was pleased to receive the books, but feel that my younger child (18mo) will probably get more from them in a few months time than my DD. However she did really enjoy Meg and Mog, we have now read that several times and she can 'read' it back to me now!

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
- "I really like them, especially Meg and Mog and finding all the people in the Each Peach one"

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
- I'd definitely recommend these as part of your book collection, though I'd probably read them to a 2yo not a 3yo.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
- She's not really old enough

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
- 4*

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
There was no labelling, but I suppose it was for reading together. "The Secret Garden", "The Railway Children", and "Charlotte's Web". For a 6-7 year old. Golly. hmm Many thanks to Pearson for the lovely mouse mat, though. grin We took the books on holiday and read some of them together.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
The school uses RWI (Read Write Inc), though is now coming to the end of the stages I think (end of Year2). The books sent were significantly more advanced than both the RWI course and the free readers from which dd is encouraged to choose in her classroom 'library'.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Charlotte's Web went down a complete storm. She liked the copious illustrations, could read it herself with generally good understanding, and the chapters were just the right length for a bedtime reading. The olde worlde feel to it and USA vocabulary provoked some interesting discussions (and googling - middlings, anyone???). We both cried at the end. <sniff>.
The Railway Children also worked well - fewer illustrations, so it seemed heavier going, and I couldn't convince dd to read it on her own, but it breaks up well into episodes, and she's looking forward to watching the film.
The Secret garden - well, I can't do a Yorkshire accent, and it dragged. We gave up in the end, to be honest. I think I read it when I was a bit older, so I'll put it away for a couple of years. I noticed it's 100 years old this year. Some bits don't chime too well with modern life, though I remember it fondly. Sorry we didn't get on better with this one.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I like all the books. They are all books that, in my opinion, need to be read with a parent if tackled by a Y2/3 child, and the Secret Garden and the Railway Children take up a lot of time, too. All classics, but a bit of a 'worthy' selection - more what you'd expect to find on a Best Kids' Books Ever list than your child's wish list...

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
Charlotte's Web was very popular (and with ds aged 4, interestingly), as the different animal characters appealed. "Wilbur is really sweet and I wish I had a pig like him to look after too... it was interesting to learn about spiders too, but I still don't like them." As we've been holidaying on a farm, she really got into it. She liked the Railway Children, "because it's nice to listen to" - it seemed to put her to sleep, though! The Secret Garden was vetoed after a few readings.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes. All classics, but maybe to be read in more time than two weeks.... Nice editions, with appealing covers and decent sized font.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Only one of the three, I suspect. I may update when she's back at school!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
3/4 for a 6 year old, to be honest. Lovely books, that have stood the test of time, but a bit much as a bunch.

Olivesandfeta Mon 08-Aug-11 00:20:46

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We were given 'my first word' and 'numbers'. Reading together as my daughter is only 14 months old

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school? N/a

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

My daughter was absolutely delighted with them, she loved looking at the pictures and kept going back to them. She especially liked the pictures of the dogs and other animals. She also enjoyed looking at things like hats and socks... She can relate to these items and points to her head and feet when she sees them.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I was very impressed, they were bright and hard wearing. Dd managed to get weetabix on one page blush but it wiped clean very easily. The pictures of the animals particularly grabbed her attention and she kept returning to these pages over and over again. She was less impressed by things like shells and presents. Se doesn't really understand these objects and they are just not interesting to her. We enjoyed reading the books together although the counting sections were a bit pointless since she is so young, she was only interested in the pictures. I would have preferred 2 separate books, one for basic numbers for very young children and one for counting for the older ones.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack? N/a

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

They are good books but nothing hugely special that makes them different from any others on the Market. I think they are slightly expensive for what they are (if I were to buy them smile). I would probably recommend them.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not? Na
Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

4 - definitely good books that we really enjoyed, however, too many uninteresting pictures for my 14 month old and parts that were too complex for her (counting).

TheSecondComing Mon 08-Aug-11 00:44:02

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SeenButNotHeard Mon 08-Aug-11 14:00:19

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We received the year 2 packs (dd has just finished year 1) and I guess they are ‘Learning to read’ although we read them together (well, dd read them to me smile)
We have finished the first pack – Flips and Spins, Adventure Kids Chase in New York, Casper’s Scare School and Fun Festivals.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

Dd’s school use the Read, Write Inc program; they use a variety of books from different reading schemes (although lots of Biff and Kipper) but they categorise them according to the RWI program.
Dd has been slow to pick up reading and at the beginning of year one had little confidence, but she has really come on in the last few months and read this first set with no difficulty at all. Looking at some of the later packs – she will find these a challenge, but as she is not yet in year two I think this is only to be expected.

We both loved the fact that the books are very different to the ones she brings home from school.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Dd loved reading these books. She was aware that this was a year two pack, and so was proud that she managed to read them so well. (I won’t tell her that many of the previous reviewers thought that they were too easy wink)
She said that she liked the Flips and Spins book best – but this is not a surprise as she loves gymnastics.
She has enjoyed both the fiction and non-fiction books and has been keen to read them again.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

This is a really engaging pack that has boosted my dd’s confidence – she is raring to go with the other books (we are limiting to one book a day to try and eek out the packs to last until she starts back at school).

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

Dd says that she wants to take the books into her new class teacher in September to show him that “school books can be fun and interesting you know!”

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes - I have already agreed to loan the packs, as dd finishes them to one of her friends who is at a similar reading ability.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Dd has been raving about the Flips and Spins book and read it to her friend who came over to play on Sunday grin

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5 out of 5, without a doubt – looking forward to reading the next sets!

whimsy Tue 09-Aug-11 11:34:34

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Year two/p3 books. "Cars, Cars, Cars", "Rainforest Adventure", "Yun and the Ice Spirit", "Can you do this". These were learning to read books I think.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
At school, the Oxford Reading Tree books Biff and Chip which ds enjoys. These Pearson books were also good. The books were interesting and enjoyable.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
My son was able to read about 65% of the book by himself. My older son 8 enjoyed reading them as well.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
We really enjoyed the books thank you.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
My boys enjoyed the books. The Can you was great hit as they tried to do the tasks.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes, I would. Lovely books

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
He would probably, but I'm not sure how much boys talk about books with their friends ;)

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5 out of 5.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We reviewed the pre-school pack which included three good sized picture books: Dear Zoo, Each Peach Pear Plum, and Meg & Mog. Im assuming we are in the "reading together" panel, as DD is 2.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

DD already has "Each Peach Pear Plum" and "Dear Zoo" in board book version, (presents for her 1st birthday), so she is well familiar with them. I have noticed while previously reading EPPP together, she was not as interested in the book as it has a white background with quite subtle illustrations, wheras many other childrens books tend to have coloured backgrounds with bright pictures. However, when she realised that it was ryhming, and that you could find the characters hidden in the pictures, she developed a real interest in the book. "Dear Zoo" is one of her favourite books as she loves animals and the different sounds they make. She also loves tearing lifting the flaps to see whats underneath. Meg & Mog was encountered for the first time. She did sit the whole way through it and listened, and when asked, did appear to know roughly what was happening in the story (eg meg falling, cooking spiders in the pot). I have noticed though, that she hasn't picked it up to have a look by herself, wheras Dear Zoo was instant love/want to read this with mummy/daddy/grandma/over and over again. Some books are slow-growers on DD though, such as some helen cooper books she had and now loves to bits, so Meg & Mog is yet to be rated by her I think.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Overall, (and if we didnt already have two of the books), I would be thrilled at how much DD enjoys them - I still am, but of course the thrill of the first two has worn thin now that I've read them 600 times each grin. At the cost of sounding ungrateful, I was quite surprised that EPPP and Dear Zoo were included in a send out for review, as I would have thought these books were childrens classics and were sure-fire hits with both children and parents.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

*Loves Dear Zoo alone and together and EPPP is quite high up there with a read together book. Meg & Mog was enjoyed reading together, but not alone yet. A friend read Meg and Mog to her son (also 2) who LOVED it.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to anther parent? Why/why not?

Yes, without hesitation, as they have been the reason of many happy moments together/alone for DD.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

DD is only 2, but if she could I'm sure she'd reccomend Dear Zoo grin

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5

ClaimedByMe Wed 10-Aug-11 09:32:09

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We got the Yellow and blue bug club pack, Year 1 learning to read.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

Ds reads ORT at school. The books are on a par content wise, they have just the right amount of words per page so not to scare him but the content was much better, he was interested in the content and was actually interested.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Ds loved reading them as he could relate to the content, lego, dinosaurs etc

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

loved them, a good variety of topics

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

"i liked the dinosaur and lego book"

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I would, I got sent the year 2 books by accident and my dd who is 8 and a terrible reader has actually picked up a book from the year 2 set and has enjoyed reading them, her confidence has came on leaps and bounds and i think its because they are exciting and not boring and mundane.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

I have had a few of ds friends in playing as its the (very wet) summer holidays and the books have been kept in the lounge and his friends have actually picked them up and read some of them to me.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5 star, particulary the year 2 books sent by accident that have helped dd!

Fillybuster Wed 10-Aug-11 17:18:54

OK, DS has now read all the books, and we finally had time to have a proper chat about them, so can finally give some feedback!

Many thanks once again to Pearson: DS loved being 'chosen' to give feedback on the books and is really looking forward to future packs arriving over the coming months grin

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We received the whole set of Bug Club Year 2 books shockgrin...for which many many thanks, and hence the slight delay in providing full feedback as DS was determined to read all 24 and discuss properly before I was allowed to respond! The books are "learning to read".

DS (currently age 5, turns 6 next week) is going into Yr 2 in September, so I wasn't sure what to expect. He read all 24 books completely on his own <proud> smile

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

DS' school use a mixture of schemes. The Orange/Turquise and Purple packs all seemed a bit simpler/easier than the books DS has been reading at school at the end of Year 1. Each book took about 5 minutes, which is a bit short. The Gold/White and Lime packs were a bit more challenging but still too short.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

He very much enjoyed almost all the books. He thought the subject matter of the non-fiction books was well chose and interesting, even the ones that he commented were 'too easy' such as 'Fun Festivals' and the books about animals and the environment.

DS hugely enjoyed most of the fiction books with the exception of 'Caspar'. I think there is a general issue with basing reading books on television characters in that a) not all children will be aquainted with the characters and b) it suggests tv watching is somehow necessary and c) in my experience books based on television series are frequently less well structured and more infantile than non-franchise fiction.

The exception to this would be the Jedi book; although DS had no idea what or who a Jedi was, the book was very well structured and clearly conceived - even though he won't be watching the Star Wars films for some time...

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Great subject matter, but the actual books were too simple/easy. Fantastic mix of fiction/non fiction and impressively non-gender specific.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack

He loved almost all the books but thought they were 'too easy'. He would have liked most of the books to go on for longer and to go into more detail.

The exception was the 'chase in...' series - he loved the first one (Chase in NY) but pointed out that the plot of the second (Chase in the Rainforest) was almost identical (ie there's a 'twist' at the end in both) and he was disappointed as he had been looking forward to the second book.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I think they would make great Year 1 reading.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Mostly not, although most of ds' friends would also love the subject content. Having said that, DS has donated quite a few to a collection I made for families made homeless by the recent London riots as he thought they might help cheer up those children who had lost all their toys etc

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent.

3/5 : subject matter was fantastic, but the actual reading level was too low.

We're looking forward to the next pack! grin

cather Wed 10-Aug-11 20:06:35

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review?
We received Year 1/ P2 Panel books

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
My son has just finished Reception and they use the Ginn and Biff & Chips reading scheme. I found these books had a very similar amount of words however my son enjoyed the Pearson non fiction books much more as the pictures are excellent and my son especially liked the Lego and Shaun the Sheep books.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Yes, he liked the familiar characters like Shaun the Sheep and Lego. He is picking up the books and reading them to himself which he doesn't with his reading books from school. Also he is asking to read them together.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I think it is a fantastic book pack with a wide variety of subjects that appeal to children. I especially like the notes at the front and back of the book and found them really helpful.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
My son loves the books as they are fun to read and loves looking at the pictures

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Certainly, they are a great resource for teaching children to read and are fun and interesting. There is a good variety of different books to choose from and would appeal to both girls and boys

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Yes because he is really enjoying reading them

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
5 stars as we are really enjoying reading the books.

lovecorrie Thu 11-Aug-11 11:26:11

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We got 'reading together' with Fat Lawrence, Cosmo and the Pirates and Robodog

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

N/A - not learning to read. They use ORT, and I think these were slightly better in some ways.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

She enjoyed two of them very much but (as a 'girly' girl!) she felt Robodog was 'for boys'. She only liked 'Cosmo..' as they had just done a pirate project at school!

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I thought it was lovely - well presented, good mix of words and pictures, ideal for 5-7 year olds.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

she says' I liked the stories but not Robodog. I know nearly all of the words. The pictures are very colourful'

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I think I would, because they are distinctive and the right length for bedtime/to stop boredom creeping in.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

I don;t think she is quite old enough to think about that

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

I would say 4

NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 11-Aug-11 15:00:57

Olivesandfeta - sorry for not picking this up sooner - Pearson are on the case and will re-send you a pack.

jimswifein1964 Thu 11-Aug-11 16:30:27

Can I just add that £6.99 isnt bad value at all for the pack we tested (read alone 5-6), given that its 3 books. I would love to co-ordinate grandparents to chip and and order lots at xmas, for both kids. I would actually have bought another pack based on how much we liked this one, if it wasnt for the p+p!

treedelivery Thu 11-Aug-11 17:22:35

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We got a reading together pack - I assume. We got 3 hefty paperbacks. Charlotte's Web, The Secret Garden, The The littlest Prince.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Yes, although they are very challenging. She is 6 so Charlotte's web has taken weeks. We have done some reading to her and she has read it to herself.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

It's very nice, the books look good and they are fine. Can't honestly say they were hugely impressive, classic paperbacks are pretty well covered I guess.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

DD1 liked the book, she liked the sketched pictures.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Sure, although they may find cheaper in a bargain type bookshop.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

She would, she really enjoyed the story and the very grown up book.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

3. I'd probably give more when dd is older. These were not great for actually 'teaching' or learning to read, but obviously rich in story and story time value. We were able to do some interesting guided reading and expansion activities, but there were no actual prompts to do this. So these are straight paperbacks rather than a purpose designed tool.

Fillybuster Thu 11-Aug-11 19:57:23

oooh, can we have treedeliverys books next time please?! DS would love reading those (although I agree would need some help) and would make a nice change for the next set!

Umm. blush Sorry. Didn't mean to presume. Very grateful and all that...

<doffs cap, remembers place>

<climbs back into box>

treedelivery Thu 11-Aug-11 20:07:30

Ooo actually we got The Railway Chldren not The Littlest Prince.

Actually having looked at them again they are pretty good looking books. They are £7.99 each though, which is a fair bit imo.

GrownUpNow Thu 11-Aug-11 20:24:27

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Y1 Learning to Read as DS is 5.7 and going into Year One in September. A nice number of books, seventeen in total, hence the delay in reviewing. We had to go over them a few times and be thorough.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

These books are mostly lovely stories, really bright and colourful and very diverse subjects, but perhaps a bit simple in comparison to what he reads at school. One difference is the inclusion of character stories with popular TV show characters, and even a book about toys on the market, namely Lego.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

As discussed with my little boy this morning, he said he knew all the words and that they were a bit too easy for him. I do agree, but he is quite an advanced reader for his age, so it is more than likely that another child of a similar age would not only find these books entertaining, but also educational.

Particularly enjoyed for their subject matter were the Dinosaur book and the Under the Sea book, it would appear DS preferred the non-fiction to the stories, so it is good that there is a selection.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

The books have been lovely to have, my five year old read them alone at bedtimes and my three year old, always eager to join in, had them read to her, they were a perfect length for a short bedtime story and also as an introduction to reading books.

I was not fond of the Lego book as it provoked nagging for me to go out and buy products and felt that the text didn't flow particularly well.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

As aforementioned, he said that the books were a little bit too easy and his favourites were about creatures. He would have liked some more words in them, and maybe some harder words too.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Definitely. It's really useful to be able to get hold of low cost reading books to support their learning and encourage enjoyment of books. I have shown some other mums these books already, and had extended use out of them with both of my children.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

I think he would, he definitely enjoyed them.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

I would give a four star. Whilst we enjoyed the character books, with Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Grommit, I really didn't enjoy the whinging session when I didn't immediately go out and bring home Lego toys, and this did diminish some of my enjoyment of the books (and caused a tantrum).

PegPolkadot Thu 11-Aug-11 21:11:12

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Reading together. We had 'Woof' by Allen Ahlberg, 'The legend of the Worst Boy in the World' by Eoin Colfer and 'The Hundred Mile An Hour Dog' by Jeremy Strong.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Yes, although they are more complex than the books I would usually read to him. He particularly enjoyed The Worst Boy in the World - I think it was because he is one of three brothers and could associate with the characters. He is still used to reading picture story books so I struggled to keep his attention for Woof and he was keen to turn the pages to look for the next pictures.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I really liked the selection, particularly Woof as we have read and enjoyed his books for younger readers such as Burglar Bill, Cops and Robbers and Funnybones so it was nice to 'go up a gear' so to speak. They were a nice middle ground between traditional/classics and the fantasy/sci fi books.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

My five year old has enjoyed the books but at the moment would still rather read a book with lots of illustrations.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I would recommend them but I think they would be more suited to a 6/7 year old.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

N/A

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

I would give the pack 4 stars, they are lovely group of stories.

Age of child: 5yrs 4 mths. DS (7yrs 6mths) has also read them. As others have said, thanks for the books - a lovely start to the holidays smile

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Learning to read, Y1 (Shaun: Too many jobs; Z&Z & the Thing;This dinosaur.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
They were harder than her usual reading books - esp given the lack of repetition & the fact that you couldn't just guess the words from the pictures! School use a mix of ORT & other reading schemes mixed in at school. I think dd is yellow level, but reading books kept in school over hols, so not sure. blush

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Dd really enjoyed Zip & Zap - both her & her older brother (7) were in fits of giggles at that one. It was the first one both of them picked out & they both read it spontaneously more than once. The other books, ds (complete bookworm) read immeadiately - but dd had to be encouraged. And she still hasn't read the dinosaur one which she says has too many words & she doesn't want to ...She did like the sound effect words though, & read those. DS also had fun making up sound effects!

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I like the less repetitive approach of Z&Z & Shaun. Think Z&Z are fab - and really love the pictures too, very engaging. Shaun I could take or leave - nothing clever or esp appealing about it other than the TV link-in. Dinosaurs I agree with dd - it's a bit dull (doesn't really tell you anything about dinosaurs that's hugely of interest - think there are some much more engaging facts).

I really like the parental hints & games & thought they were useful and practical, unlike some reading books I've seen; info on what phonemes are being practiced also useful (although I question if a phoneme is really being practiced if it only appears in one word in the book...) The only other thing I'd say is that they don't feel like a 'pack' - I don't know if they're being sold as such, but I wouldn't buy them like that - not consistent enough.

Oh, one other thing - I'm not incapable, but I find the systems on these reading systems very difficult to follow -there seem to be 4 variables (Yellow, C, 8, Phase 4) - I didn't have a clue what that meant (beyond dd being on yellow), and that wouldn't have helped me choose the right book online/in a shop.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
Loved Z&Z "It was clever and funny and silly and a bit cheeky. I like their space costumes and they think the sheep is a hat! There is a lot of detail in the pictures" Shaun - OK, but not loved. Dinosaurs - hasn't engaged her at all. DS (7) says it's his favourite but think that's because DD didn't like it as much as anything!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not? Z&Z yes, & will look out for others in that series. Others probably not, although I would praise the general approach/parental help in the inside/back covers.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Z&Z yes, others no

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
Difficult as our responses to the books has been so different. Overall 3, but Z&Z alone would be a 5.

UniS Fri 12-Aug-11 22:15:54

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Year One bug club selection - learning to read. books from Red, yellow , green and blue bands.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
These are more interesting generally than the ones that come home from school, more variety in illustration style and a better for us ratio of non fiction than school send . School use a mix of ORT ( biff & chip etc), Nelson PM readers, Dandelion phonics launchers and readers, Songbirds and story steps. I like the schools use of multiple "scheme" books as it does keep some variety and some of them DS likes more than others.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
DS did like looking at these, the Lego one was his favourite despite being a book band or two up from where he is. He has read the Red band books but we are not pushing him beyond those yet as he finds Red band challenging. DS likes information books and photo story books.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Bight colourful books that look good with plenty of photo story books that DS likes. The lego book looks like an extended advert BUT DS adores it.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
Hes liked getting a pack of shiny new books. He likes teh lego book. he likes Munching lunch best.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I would , as I think the information book selection is better than we get from school.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Not recommend exactly- but he was happy top lend the 4 red band books to a friend yesterday.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

4 star - we haven't got DS reading them all yet as its whole year wroth of reading bands in one pack. Don't know how well he will do with TV tie ins as he doesn't know the characters in one case and Dislikes Shawn the Sheep.

Eddas Sat 13-Aug-11 16:55:00

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

A: We have the bug club red pack and 3 other books

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

A: as my son hasn't yet started reception, but will in September the books weren't really good for him to learn to read, my dd uses the biff and chip books at her school and IMO they are better than these ones. although ds did laugh at the Rat & Cat book!

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

A: He enjoyed My sister is an Alien the best. He found that funny. The Angelina Ballerina book he didn't like 'it's for girls' according to him! The Bear Hunt book was a bit hmm We didn't like that much and the Beware of Boys book lost his attention after a few pages.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

A: I think at the moment the reading ones were too old for him, but probably once he has started school he may enjoy them more.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

A: please see Q3 above which covers this.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

A: the only one I would recommend is the My sister is an alien book, which we both enjoyed. The others I didn;t think had anything special about them really. The Bear Hunt book did have lovely illustrations in it. And I can see a lot of children liking the Beware of Boys books, it just didn't appeal to my ds.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

A: He is only 4 so a bit little. Although I can imagine him telling friends he read a funny book about a baby being an alien!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

A: overall I would give a 3, I think the books were nice, just not ones we would pick ourselves.

Eddas Sat 13-Aug-11 16:56:50

Sorry I didn't read the bit about adding the age of the child blush

Ds is 4 years 4 months

LetUsPrey Sat 13-Aug-11 18:45:35

DS2 is 4 years 8 months and starts Reception class in September.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Learning to read phonics bug set – “Sid’s Nits”, “Tim’s Din”, “Kit’s Kip” and “Dig Sid Dig”. We also received "My Sister is an Alien", "Beware of Boys" and "Bear Hunt".

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
DS2 starts school in September so has not had any books from school yet. If the reading scheme is the same as when DS1 was there, it will be Oxford Reading Tree - Biff, Chip and Kipper. Oh goody.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
He was a bit reluctant at first to look at the phonics books but loved the other story books. He may just have been a bit tired. We've just gone through the phonics books again with a lot more success. He thought the phonics books were quite funny.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
The story books are a huge hit and it was lovely to receive something "just for fun". The phonics books received in this pack are particularly relevant for DS2 as he has a language/speech delay in that he cannot pronounce certain sounds (k is g and t is d) and misses the last sounds in words and in the middle of words. Therefore, to have books with the final sounds of t, p, m, n, d, and s will prove, I hope, to be a fantastic help with his speech. They're short too.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He loved the story books immediately and these have become a firm favourite at bedtime - particularly "Bear Hunt". He liked the phonics books, I think because there's an element of silliness about them. His favourite was "Dig, Sid, Dig".

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Definitely. As I said before, the phonics books are short which is a big bonus for children learning to read, and the illustrations are clear and fun. The explanatory notes at the beginning of the books are straightforward.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
He's not really old enough.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent.
I'd give this pack of books 5 out of 5 based on the phonics involved and DS2's personal circumstances.

FannyFifer Mon 15-Aug-11 16:21:10

DS is 6 and starting primary 2 tomorrow.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We got the learn to read packs, yellow pack has "Shaun the sheep" " This Dinosaur" and "Zip and Zap and the Thing"
Orange pack has "Fun Festivals" Caspers Scare School" "Flips and Spins" and " Chase in New York"

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
The yellow pack books would be pretty similar, amount of words etc.
Orange pack is a bit more advanced than the reading books DS gets home but he can manage them.
They use Jollyphonics and the reading books are letterland ( I think, not sure as it's holidays and can't check)

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
He really enjoyed as loves reading and it has been a bit of homework over the holidays we try and have 1-1 reading time each evening.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I really liked them found them more interesting than the school ones, nice picture and more eye-catching and exciting lay out.

Q5 And what is your Childs review of the book pack.
He really liked the yellow pack but didn't like the two non fiction ones from orange pack, said they were boring and wouldn't give them much of a go at all.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I think I would, have mentioned them to a few friends with similar aged children.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
He's not really old enough.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent.

Think I would give a 4 overall, just missed the 5 as DS wasn't Interested in a couple of books, they didn't catch his attention.

whimsy Tue 16-Aug-11 08:51:24

Sorry, I forgot to add DS2 age he is 6 years 1 month and starts Year two in September

anchovies Tue 16-Aug-11 15:57:33

Here’s the review/responses from us, sorry it’s late! Ds is 5 and going into Year 1 in September.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
I presume they were for reading together. They were 'Woof' by Allen Ahlberg, 'The legend of the Worst Boy in the World' by Eoin Colfer and 'The Hundred Mile An Hour Dog' by Jeremy Strong.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Yes although they were a big jump from the books we normally read together, I have recently read The Hundred Mile An Hour Dog with ds1 who is 7. They took a long time to get through as his attention span is not fantastic when there are no pictures to look at. Overall he enjoyed them though, especially The legend of the Worst Boy in the World which definitely appealed to his naughty streak!

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I really liked the selection as is reflected by the fact I have already read Woof from the library with ds1 and we already own The Hundred Mile An Hour Dog. It helps I think that we are a very dog friendly family (although I don’t think this would be essential to enjoy the stories!)

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
Overall he enjoyed the books but to be honest I think he is not quite ready for books without lots of illustrations to hold his attention. He is also particularly interested in reference books or books about football so he kept trying to go back to his favourites. Ds1 who is 7 listened as well though and thoroughly enjoyed them.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I would recommend them but I think as a pack they are better suited to slightly older children.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
N/A

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
I would give the pack 5 stars as they are great books (that I thoroughly enjoyed reading!) however I think ds would have scored them lower.

MiraNova Thu 18-Aug-11 22:51:22

DS is 4 and 11 months and starting school in September.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Learning to read Phonis phase 3 "The Fox and the Ducks, Sid is Sick, Sid and Zak, Jack gets a pet. Also Carol Vorderman's Maths made easy.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school? Not at school yet, but DS can read and has read a variety of books - ORT, Hopscotch etc. I think they are nicer for his age than the ORT books he read a little while ago and would have been more age appropriate as he was reading before starting school.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Yes he loved them, I was a bit concerned as thought they would be too easy, but in fact he really enjoyed reading them.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack? DS is a very good reader for his age, so these are a little easy for him, but enjoyable nonetheless. The 'Maths Made Easy' books are the right level, and he is keen to get the stars. He doesn't like drawing or colouring particularly but is enthusiastic about writing the numbers, and very keen to get the stars for each page.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack? He liked being able to read them fairly easily, and liked the pictures. He particularly likes reading the speech bubbles.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not? Yes, they are clear and well illustrated.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not? not really old enough to do this.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent 5

Ellie Fri 19-Aug-11 10:24:32

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
The Foundation/P1

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
My twins don't start school until September so not relevant just yet

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
They loved 'Charlie and Lola' and 'Bridget Fidget', and have asked for them again and again. However, they didn't enjoy 'Babysitter Bear' and lost interest well before the end. It's just too long to hold the attention of 4-year-olds.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Nice looking books and beautifully illustrated. The stickers in the Charlie and Lola book was a nice addition.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
They absolutely loved Charlie and Lola and Bridget Fidget. The fact they keep asking for them as their bedtime story speaks volumes.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Definitely. In general, nice quality and very well illustrated books. One book wasn't popular with us but that could well be different for another child.
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Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Oh yes, Charlie and Lola has already done the rounds !

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
3/5 - let down by the fact that Babysitter Bear was a poor choice for the age group.

griffalo2 Sun 21-Aug-11 21:09:49

Ds is 5.8

Q1,Which pack or books did you and your child review?was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Year 1 yellow pack.learning to read.

Q2 if a "learning to read" pack,how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school?which reading scheme does your child use at school?

There seemed to be alot more different words and they are more interesting with funny stories,school books are boring and dull
Ds brings home ort and rigby star books.

Q3,would you say your child enjoyed reading or looking at the books?why/why not?

He loved the dinosaur book as thats his biggest interest at the moment,he wasnt much fussed about shaun the sheep,i dont think he understood it until we talked about it together at end,,he enjoyed reading zip and zap,he found it funny and was able to read it easily without help which gave him confidence.

Q4, Wats your overall review of the book pack?

Dinosaur book and zip and zap were very good at engaging him although he kept losing concentration with shaun the sheep,pictures were good in all books.I thought ds would struggle to read them when I first saw them but he surprised me.much better than boring old school books.

Q5, And what is your childs review of the book pack?

He wants to read dinosaur book almost everynight,he said zip and zap is easy peasy.shrugged shoulders at shaun the sheep "its ok".

Q6, would you recommend these books to another parent?why/why not?

Yes if they were looking for books to help reading at home,i think they might be good for reluctant readers.

Q7, Do you think your child will recommend these books to their friends? Why/why not?

Dinosaur book yes,he thinks they would find it cool.The other 2 books I think he would easily forget about unless I get them off shelf.

Q8, What star rating would you give this pack of books overall?Please use a rating system out of 5,where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent.

4,shaun the sheep lost the 5th point due to ds struggling to understand it.

Thank you, can not wait for next books.

Moodykat Mon 22-Aug-11 10:48:16

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We reviewed the pre-school DK set, "Colours" and "opposites". DS is 2.8 and to be honest, the books were way too young for him! He already can recite the gruffalo by heart!

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
He thought they were nice and colourful but after one go looking through them on my lap, he wasn't that bothered as he likes to have proper stories now, however I think DS2 (3 weeks!) will love them when he gets older.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Both books are good quality, sturdy board books and are visually appealing.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He said they were lovely but asked to be read a different book at story time.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Possibly for a younger child.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
N/A

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
3

OhDunnoWhatToDo Mon 22-Aug-11 10:56:38

Before I start the review, can I just say thanks for the books. We’ve enjoyed having some extra books at home over the holidays.

My son is 4 years and 1 month. He starts Reception in September.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
- We reviewed the Foundation/P1 pack of books. This is for “learning to read”.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
- He starts school in September so doesn’t bring books back home yet. The school uses the Jolly Phonics scheme.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
- He enjoyed looking at the books, but is not ready to read them by himself yet. He wasn’t keen on the storylines. I think this is because we’re reading quite long stories to him (e.g. The Twits) and these books are very simple in comparison. I know this is how they should be, but he didn’t quite get the connection between easier books = easier to learn how to read.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
- I thought the book pack was excellent, except for some of the branding. My son liked the Lego book, but then kept asking if we could buy some Lego next time we went to the shops. On this basis, I would avoid buying the books that are too obviously branded. I liked the other books though, as I think they will be a good addition to school reading books when he starts in September.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
- He enjoyed spotting things in the pictures and answering the questions at the back of some of the books. He picked up some words and was very pleased with himself - as was I! He thought the stories were a bit short.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
- I would recommend them for children who are starting to read. I probably wouldn’t recommend the branded ones though, unless the child is really into something and the parents are buying because of the brand, IYSWIM.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
- He is not old enough to recommend books yet.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
- I give 4 stars. This is partly in expectation that the books will become more interesting to my son when he starts to get read independently.

UniS Mon 22-Aug-11 23:00:11

An up-date

We have tried DS ( 5.5) with a few yellow band books , so harder than I expect him to be reading. He was OK with them, slow and needed a little help but he was engaged and wanting to read the whole book, not fidgeting and wriggling to get down. Have also read a few blue band books to DS , he liked the stories and the dinosaurs.

mrswarthog Tue 23-Aug-11 09:20:16

Apols - two lots of chicken pox & half the house being demolished & rebuilt (unrelated to the pox) meant we couldn't actually post a review

DS1 is 6, starting Y2 in September

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Books were Werepuppy, Last Polar Bear & Coldest day in the Zoo. They are read together books.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
Oxford

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Yes

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I really liked the latter two books, not the first as much. Good selection though

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
Disliked Werepuppy, loved the others.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes, particularly the Polar Bear one. The familial themes & open ended finish was good for discussing

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Yes, because he likes to talk about books & games so would like them to know what he's talking about.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
4

happygilmore Wed 24-Aug-11 19:44:58

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We had the pre-school books, first colours and first opposites. DD has just turned 15 months.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
n/a

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Yes she enjoyed looking at some of the pictures, particularly the animals in the books, she is obsessed with animals just now. However, she is too young to get most of the concepts of the opposite book and prefers touchy feely/lift the flap type books.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I think they're nice books, with good pictures but are for older children than my DD, she likes tactile books and lifting flaps to find animals etc. The concept of opposites is a bit advanced for babies I think, certainly for my one it is! I think these would be better aimed at around 2 years.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
I think she would say (if she could talk!) that she liked looking at some of the bears and birds but didn't understand the context.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not? I would recommend it to someone with slightly older children, for reasons given above.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
n/a

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
I would say a 3, they are nice board books, with interesting pictures - but a bit old for my DD.

scrappydappydoo Wed 24-Aug-11 19:54:14

Oops I'm sooo sorry - keep meaning to do this just not got round to it but here we go - better late than never!

Q1 - we got a learning to read pack - blue one
Q2 - School uses a combination of Ginn and ORT. TBH they were a bit advanced for dd to read by herself so I read them to her. But they compared well with the type of books she gets.
Q3 - DD initially said that they were 'for boys' hmm but did enjoy them! She'd never heard of basil brush though so just saw that as a story.
Q4 - It was a good mix of books and if dds reading was up another level she would have been able to read them independently. I did kind of agree with dd that they were slightly aimed at boys. I didn't like the character/brand tie-ins - I would be annoyed if these came home from the school as I try to restrict 'commercialism' at home (sounds pompous I know but it just about reducing pester power). I liked the idea of the bug club as well seemed an appropriate thing for that age group and exposes them to different sorts of books they wouldn't normally pick for themselves.
Q5 - 'I liked the stickers' 'I thought the cake book was funny' 'The books aren't for girls'
Q6 Yes, in fact we've lent the lego book to a friend who's son is lego mad
Q7 3.5 stars - difficult to assess as a 'learn to read pack' as it was too difficult for dd to read and like I said didn't personally like the brand/character tie-ins but overall impressed with quality and variation.

hpsaucy Wed 24-Aug-11 21:23:44

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"? Learn to read Purple

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school? we use Ginn and ORT. I would say they are on the same level

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not? She wasn't impressed with the Ben10 one!!! but loved the chocolate one as she has been told that chocolate is a topic they do in year 2

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack? A nice selection. i like the bug club idea.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack? She enjoyed them. She was more interested in the non fiction books.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not? Yes

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not? I think she would

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

4 star

mumatron Wed 24-Aug-11 21:49:34

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"? learning to read

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school? My Dd reads Biff and Chip books at school. I think the reading level is similar but I wouldn't compare the two tbh, these books cover lots of different styles and subjects whereas Biff and Chip is just much the same story in each book.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not? Yes she has enjoyed reading most of the books, She's enjoyed reading something completely different every night.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack? It's great, especially for a child like my Dd who gets very bored with anything that is remotely educational!

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack? she says she loves reading now because the stories are not boring like Biff.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not? Yes.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not? definitely! she has been telling all her friends how much she has enjoyed them.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent i would say 4 out of 5.

Sorry for delay in getting the review done. Dd has some reading 'issues' and it has taken longer than anticipated to get through them all.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 24-Aug-11 23:43:15

Thanks for all the reviews so far...and sorry for chasing some of you today...just want you all in the prize draw smile

ChildofIsis Thu 25-Aug-11 08:34:01

Q1: We received a 'reading together pack', Zip and Zap, Shaun the Sheep and A Dinosaur reference book.

Q2:DD's school uses a range of reading schemes, ORT etc. DD gets a reading book every day to read at home.

Q3:DD loved them it was a great mix, a character she knew, some new ones and a book about dinosaurs. She's thrilled about it and is fluent in dino names now.

Q4:I thought it was a well thought out pack, something for everyone. The books are robust and colourfull. Really eyecatching.

Q5:DD loves them and is word perfect in them they've been read so much.
She's thrilled to be part of the Bug Club.

Q6:Yes I would, they're fun, coluorfull and engaging.

Q7:DD said she wished everyone could have these books.

Q8: 4 stars.

ChildofIsis Thu 25-Aug-11 08:35:32

Forgot to say sorry for the delay in sending. I completely forgot to do it.
Thank you for the reminder Ann.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 25-Aug-11 09:35:13

No worries...childofisis and thanks!

SilveryMoon Thu 25-Aug-11 09:36:38

Ann When will we get the next pack, do you know? <eager>

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 25-Aug-11 09:58:50

We're doing an email out about next steps soon silverymoon....will be Sept time for books

SilveryMoon Thu 25-Aug-11 10:22:54

Ok, thanks grin

CareyHunt Thu 25-Aug-11 17:04:05

Q1. We received the 'Learning to read' pack I think. (Bug Club and Phonics club books)
Q2. My daughter is not in school, but compared to other phonics/ reading scheme type books we have at home these books seemed less 'schooly' and more like an ordinary book than a reading scheme book.
Q3. My child really enjoyed the books. She reads fluently, but chose to read these books to herself.
Q4. I think these books were more appealing than most reading scheme books. The pack was varied and the illustations were great, making the pack feel more like a nice random selection of fun books than a scheme.
Q5. 'I like the pictures'. (Harry and the dinosaurs was a particular favourite, it had the feel of a 'big kids book')
Q6. Definitely, and I intend to use these books when tutoring other children, because I think they hold more appeal than other reading schemes. The character/ lego based books are particularily appealing to reluctant boy readers.
Q7. She enjoyed showing them to a friend, and took the opportunity to show off her reading.

(Sorry I was late replying!)

CareyHunt Thu 25-Aug-11 17:05:26

Sorry...Q8. 4/5 ( I would probably have given 5 but they were too easy for my child)

EmmaandJacob Fri 26-Aug-11 13:06:22

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We had the pre school pack - Meg and Mog, Dear Zoo, Each Peach, Pear, Plum.
Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school? Not applicable
Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not? Yes. He loved Dear Zoo. Animals are his thing at the moment and he loved lifting the flap - we got a 'wow' each time for each animal. He didn't seem as keen on Meg and Mog but did keep saying 'Roar' everytime he saw Mog so I think he may have his cats and lions confused. He seemed to get bored of Meg and Mog after the first page. He liked Each peach too -so I think at his age the books with flaps and more interactive are good.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Good. Dear Zoo was a great book - it is simple and engaging and fascinates small children. As an adult Each peach is fun to read to him, we had lots of fun spotting the hidden characters.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He is too young (20 months) but I can tell he loves Dear Zoo, as it is one that always gets picked off the shelf!
Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes - have already bought Dear Zoo for my niece and a friend's little girl.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not? Not old enough
Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

4

Raahh Tue 30-Aug-11 21:03:29

Just replied to my e-mail re the next step, thank you!

zeeboo Wed 31-Aug-11 11:11:13

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"? We reviewed a pre-school pack of Dorling Kindersley photo picture books, My First Word and My First Number.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school? N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not? YES, definitely, she will happily look at these on her own or with me, and regularly brings them from her toybox to look at. Over the last few weeks she's become old enough to name items and make animal noises on the animal page etc. These are more interactive 'toy' books rather than ones we'd read at story time.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack? A lovely set of books that I'd buy again or buy as a gift for someone. I've always been a huge fan of DK books and these are no exception. I prefer photo picture books for babies as they're more acessible to them and more recognisable. They're good quality cardboard too and have stood up to alot of rough treatment.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack? I think by the amount of times she reaches for them that she would review them very highly.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not? Yes definitely. Why? Because they are 'baby recommended' so I know they're good books. Because the range of pictures is good and contain lots of familar items.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not? I bet she would if she could!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent I'd say 5 as I really can't see any negatives.

silverfrog Wed 31-Aug-11 11:27:12

dd2 is 4.6, just going into Reception in September.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Learning to read Phonics phase 3 (I think Red?):
Sid is Sick,
Sid and Zak,
The Fox and the Ducks
Jack gets a pet

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

dd2 does not yet have a reading scheme, but we have some ORT (Biff, Kipper et al from dd1's attempts at early reading). tbh, dd2 prefers the ORT, but this could well be because her sister prefers them (big sister still absolute heroine in dd2's eyes). dd2 did like Jack gets a pet a LOT - I think because of the photos. it was a lot clearer to her what the words underneath might be saying (she coudl make better informed guesses!) than in the Sid and Zk or Sid is Sick books. The Fox and the Ducks was also interesting for her - clearer cartoon pictures, not so cluttered.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

oh sorry - see above for a couple of comments. dd2 did enjoy Jack gets a pet, and Fox and Ducks. but not the other 2 so much. she did not really ask many questions about the storyline (although I was pleased to see the girl being the vet, not "just" a nurse, I didn't like the insistence on not sharing/taking turns etc - I thought it a little abrupt and rude, tbh)

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

the photo book was nice. It has a clear storyline, and the pictures depict what the text says quite well (although not when Rex is supposed to eb licking! - quite confusing when all the other picutres have been clearly a massive support for the text)
I found the Sid books cluttered and confusing, and the stories not so interesting for dd2 (or dd1 - age just 7, with severe ASD so on the same level of reading atm)

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

dd2 prefers Biff, Kipper et al, I'm afraid. she has asked to read the dog book again, though. and she liked the stickers.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I might suggest them if asked what schemes I have tried. I would recommend the photo series ones, but didn't like the Sid ones.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

not sure dd2 is into giving reviews to her peers grin. but if aske dwhat reading books she has enjoyed (ie phonics ones) I htink she would say the ORT.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

3. Jack gets a pet woudl rate a 5 for me, but overall I think it was not a great pack for dd2. it didn't really capture her imagination, and the pictures didn't appeal to her either - it was quite hard work getting her to sit and read them with me, which was somehting I have never found with dd2, tbh. she is usually massively ken t sit and read with me.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 01-Sep-11 10:05:05

Thanks for all the feedback panel members and for the responses to the email re next stage.

Am pleased to say ClaimedByMe was selected as the first winner - and she gets £100 John Lewis voucher

ClaimedByMe Thu 01-Sep-11 10:25:12

Thank you! I think i have replied to the PM and eventually the email!

UniS Fri 02-Sep-11 09:39:32

We have now tried teh Pearson e-books on mumsnet. DS is BIG fan. He agreed to read a pink band and a couple of early phonics ones. then loved having the computer "read" him a few high level books with long stories/ chapters.

gazzalw Sun 04-Sep-11 17:30:10

Hi Ann, didn't pick up your email of 30/8 till 2/9 as on holiday. Have replied now in the affirmative and just wondered when we are likely to hear directly from Pearson? Just want to make sure we haven't missed the boat for replying a bit late! Thanks!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 04-Sep-11 19:24:54

No gazzalw it's fine - appreciate folks are / have been away - it'll be a week or so I think. Ordering about 3rd week of Sept. Thanks

gazzalw Mon 05-Sep-11 20:09:34

Thanks Ann, DD is looking forward to the next batch and hoping that with term about to start that she will be more receptive than during summer hols!

Raahh Sat 10-Sep-11 17:47:02

just popped in to check I haven't missed the Pearson e-mail too- I'm a bit rubbish at checking my mail. Glad to see i haven't!

chicaguapa Thu 15-Sep-11 20:34:04

Hi. DS is 6 and has just started Y2.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

It was the pack with Chocolate, All About Mummies, Ben 10 and The Wrong Jumper.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

I thought they compared favourably. The language seemed about the same, though I think the school books might be at a slightly higher level. He's reading ORT level 10.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Yes, he enjoyed them more than he thought he would. He read the Mummies book straight away but needed encouragement to read the others, though enjoyed them when he did.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Very good. I think the two non-fiction books were excellent and I learnt stuff reading them. A friend, who is a KS1 teacher, particularly liked the Ben 10 book. She said the language was much more suitable for the age group than other Ben 10 books.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

His favourite was Chocolate and the Wrong Jumper was funny!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes, I would. They offered a good variety of reading material.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Yes, I think DS was surprised he liked the Ben 10 book because he hasn't liked others that he's read. He particularly enjoys non-fiction books so he would probably tell his friends they were interesting.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

4.5 (there's always room for improvement) grin

Thanks for the books. They were nice to receive.

Fillybuster Fri 16-Sep-11 14:27:50

Hurrah - new books coming soon!

DS is going to be SO excited grin!

Thank you Pearson and MN!

UniS Thu 22-Sep-11 10:40:29

New books arrived today. 3 chapter books puffins 5-7 range & A Yr 1 bug club read at home pack - which is identical to the books we received in the first review pack.

Would Pearson like me to re review the bug club pack or send it back or pass it on to someone else.

feedthegoat Thu 22-Sep-11 12:35:56

UniS, I have just logged on to post the exact same thing. I have emailed too.

happygilmore Thu 22-Sep-11 12:51:03

I was going to ask the exact same thing!

gazzalw Thu 22-Sep-11 13:12:42

I've just received mine - the Young Puffin books (3) we didn't get the first time around but the other pack (Year 1 Rd at Hm BC Pk) is the one we had in the summer so will leave it in its packaging until further instruction!
Oh dear....

ilovesprouts Thu 22-Sep-11 13:14:12

just had my nxt set of book del this morning will be reading some more at bed time smile

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 22-Sep-11 14:36:14

I'll try and find out what's happened

Ann

gazzalw Thu 22-Sep-11 15:57:32

Thanks Ann

lisad123 Thu 22-Sep-11 17:13:50

Just received two sets of books but it included the same set as last time. Help sad

vividgingerchilli Thu 22-Sep-11 18:22:45

I have just received my books but, like last time, I got the Secret Garden, The Railway Children and Charlotte's Web which my DC is not yet ready for - he's 6 and reading ORT Stage 10/11 at the moment and also simple chapter books (Astrosaurs for example).

However we also received a set of Pearson learning to read books which are Orange/Phase 5 - I was pleased to see them labelled with the phonics phases as I provide phonics support for lower achievers in year 4 at work and so the phonics phase is meaningful.

One of the books was Chase in New York which my DC will probably enjoy but will find it is well below his reading level, another was Casper's Scare School which I will be passing on to a friend as my DC does not like ghosts at all (sorry!), he will find Fun Festivals very interesting but, again, a very easy read. He loves non-fiction though so it'll appeal to him for that reason - he'd also like Fun Flips.

This what he says so far.

Chase in New York: He didn't want to look at it because it wasn't an information book, and the same for the Casper book. He put them straight on one side and doesn't want to look at them, though I suspect he will another time.
I'll post another message with his thoughts when he's had time to enjoy them.

Thank you for sending them.

cather Thu 22-Sep-11 18:47:39

Hi, I've received a pack of books today and like a few others the Read at Home with Bug Club set looks exactly the same as the ones we received last time. ( I haven't opened it so it can be returned) The colour young puffins look great, we're looking forward to reading them!

We got a lovely big pack of books today which we are taking on holiday with us tomorrow - they will be perfect grin Like everyone else though we also got another set of the first lot of books we received.

BornToFolk Thu 22-Sep-11 19:20:54

Yep, we got the same set as before too - the Phonics Bugs ones.

We also got two board books, with touchy-feely patches. They are lovely books but given that DS is nearly 4, not really appropriate.

WhatWouldLeoDo Thu 22-Sep-11 19:29:01

Oh, have just emailed Ann to say the exact same thing. We got the same pack as before plus a pack of baby touchy-feel books.

lisad123 Thu 22-Sep-11 20:18:44

Did not want to seem ungrateful but we been sent board books, colours and numbers. Dd2 is 4 years old, and we are more ahead with elmer and kipper type books

MoChan Fri 23-Sep-11 09:13:49

Hello. We have received one pack of books only and it's exactly the same as the first pack.

Fillybuster Fri 23-Sep-11 11:15:51

Sorry to add to the misery....

Same books here (the whole of Bug Club for Year 2) plus a small pack of 3 paperbacks that don't look entirely appropriate for DS hmm

If Pearson are accepting requests, can I repeat how enthusiastically the Charlottes Web/Railway Children etc pack would be welcomed in this house? grin

Just to say I haven't received any new books yet - is there a cut off date when we should expect to have them through?

silverfrog Fri 23-Sep-11 11:22:03

I'm another one who has not received anything yet (although that might be a good thing, as don't need the same pack again!)

iloveblue Fri 23-Sep-11 11:22:14

Hi
We received our books yesterday and like lots of other people one of our packs (Bug Club Year 2) was exactly the same as last time.
We also received a pack of 3 puffins which look great thanks.
I've also left ours unopened so we can return them.

Ah, they've just arrived. I have two packs - one is a repeat of our books from last time (Dinosaurs/Too many jobs/Z&Zap) other is new (blue pack)

Fillybuster Fri 23-Sep-11 12:57:31

Vividgingerchilli - can we swap books? MNHQ say that they would be happy about this...

....<suddenly ponders logistics of posting a stupidly heavy book pack>

....I don't suppose you live in London?! grin

meala Fri 23-Sep-11 13:04:14

Hi there

Our next pack of books has just arrived.
We got Read at home turquoise and purple packs.

Unfortunately, we had the turquoise pack last time so I have left them sealed in their packaging.

Do I return these?

Eddas Fri 23-Sep-11 13:42:25

I too have recieved my books and have the exact ones I got last time, with an additional pack hmm

I'll wait and see what I should do with them!

Yes, me too! I can share with my tutor group (we're on the primary pgce group) if that's ok? I got the each peach pack again!

Moodykat Fri 23-Sep-11 18:13:35

Same here I'm afraid!

SeenButNotHeard Fri 23-Sep-11 18:37:16

Sorry to add to the tales of woe...

We received the same book pack as in the summer (year 2, read at home) along with a really lovely set of three - the Secret Garden, The railway Children and Charlotte's Web which although are wonderful to have, are aimed at 7-9 year olds I think and far to difficult for my dd.
I am more than happy to read them to her though.

I am happy to return, give the books to a friend (and ask them for feedback) or donate the pack to our school. Would love to keep the Secret Garden pack for next year if this is ok, but understand totally if I need to return them.

ClaimedByMe Fri 23-Sep-11 20:54:39

Mine came today and we got the right pack plus the big pack that i got sent wrongly the first time round so have left them wrapped up until further notice!

Cantdothisagain Sat 24-Sep-11 07:19:37

Same issue as others here- one pack containing same two books as last time, then a pack with another 2 books in which I'll review.

Same here too. We got sent the same ones as last time and a new lot. I'm affraid dd has opened them all as she was so excited to get them.

silverfrog Sat 24-Sep-11 08:49:46

Got ours this morning. We too received two packs, but confusingly neither is a repeat of our last pack confused

We got (this is what it says on the labels - haven't opened them, but not sure I can hold out against dd2 for much longer!):

Phonics bug pack 2 (4 fiction books inc. Tut Tut Pup and The Bop), and
Read at home Bug Club Pink pack.

Dd2 is very excited, as she has stormed ahead in reading since starting reception.

whimsy Sat 24-Sep-11 09:53:00

The same here, received the new pack plus a repeat of the last pack we received.

OvO Sat 24-Sep-11 09:58:09

Where are miiiiiiiine? Sob.

lisad123 Sat 24-Sep-11 11:11:41

Can someone from mnhq come and let us know what we are meant to do with books we have doubles of?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 24-Sep-11 13:33:37

Sorry - thought I'd posted - I am hoping to email you next week with a note from Pearson...please bear with for the mo!
If you feel like you don't have the right books this time (disregarding the doubled up ones from last time) please can you email me with details?

Lexilicious Sat 24-Sep-11 15:50:10

Also got my pack on Friday. Two lift-the-flap noise-making books which on initial reads I think might be a bit babyish for my 2yo, and a repeat of the Colours and Opposites board books which we got before (and liked). I have kept the latter in their shrink wrap and kept the return label too.

gazzalw Sat 24-Sep-11 17:07:49

Thanks Ann!

SilveryMoon Sun 25-Sep-11 17:08:31

Got ours yesterday.
We also received a set that we were sent last time, and also the delivery note says we are 1 pack down because they are out of stock.
We did get a pack that we can review so will do that in the week.

Scaredycat3000 Sun 25-Sep-11 21:49:05

I got the same pack as before and the same lift the flap books as Lexilicious for my 2 1/2 yr old. I feel these are babyish for him and have left them all in their wrapping.

Ellie Mon 26-Sep-11 10:45:36

My kids were really excited when we got our second pack delivered on Saturday. However we also got sent exactly the same books as last time so there is nothing new to review. Very disappointing...........

OvO Mon 26-Sep-11 11:24:14

Got mine and same as everyone else - same pack as last time and also a new pack.

gazzalw Mon 26-Sep-11 11:42:18

Hi, just thought I would be constructive and review the new-to-us pack of three Colour Young Puffin Titles we received last week - Fat Lawrence, The Robodog and Cosmo and the Pirates.

1.DD is nearly 6 but by no means a fluent reader yet, so these books are above her current level, although she is able to pick out words she knows. Says on the back of books 'just perfect for beginner readers' but would challenge that. However, would expect that by the end of Year 1 she should be able to cope with this level of book quite well.
However, they have gone down reassonably as bedtime reading stories for me to read to her (with a bit of cajoling...)

3.She was excited at the prospect of some new books to read and that they included colour pictures (it's one of her main bugbears about reading books for older children - not having any pictures and dense text!).

But she was disappointed with the titles - she said they looked like "boys' books". When she did settle down for bedtime stories though, she did actually quite enjoy Fat Lawrence but not the other two so much. Think that's because we have a cat and she could relate the story to real life!

Without wanting to sound sexist (although I probably will), I would never have chosen any of these titles from the library or a books shop because I would regard them as primarily for boys just by dint of their subject matter. DD likes Harry Potter etc so is not totally focused on frou-frou, girly, pink and fairy type things. At 2 - 4 years old she might have quite liked them but not at the age she is now.

Also, think because she has a much older sibling she is used to listening to much more grown-up stories as bedtime reads - the last book we completed was Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine just to give you an idea of what she is capable of listening to and understanding.

4. I would consider buying for boy or a tomboyish girl of DD's age if I thought they could use them with practising their emerging reading skills. As a bedtime story I think I would have to consider how mature the child was and what type of books they liked.

5. "Why didnt' they send me girls' books?"

6. Yes, depending on the child - more likely to recommend for parents' of boys than girls to be quite honest though.

7. Not sure that she would recommend them, but only because they are not really her type of books!

8. I would give them 4/5 for children in general but they just didn't really appeal to DD. However, I liked very much that they were in a grown-up book format but with colour pictures - a good transition phase book for 5 - 7 year olds...

PS Awaiting further instructions on what to do with repeat pack of books also received last week

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 26-Sep-11 14:20:24

Thanks all - I've been discussing this with Pearson and they are going to email you all directly...I've passed on your comments and your email address (we had your permission for this for this project) and it seemed easier for them to handle the issues directly. MN names have not been passed on. They will only email you about this problem and future emails will come from MNHQ.

hpsaucy Mon 26-Sep-11 15:05:22

I received my pack today. I received the purple pack which we already had and a gold pack

shaztwins1 Mon 26-Sep-11 16:35:55

hi ann
i have also recieved a duplicate pack of the ones i had last time as well confused
we have the bug club gold set to try this time round, sports day snack attack,you CAN try this at home,sick as a parrot and going into space.

I can honestly say that dd has had to be bribed encouraged to read this pack as in her own words "these are boys books" she has had no trouble reading the text in them though it has taken her longer to read than the last set we recieved so i would say thay are age appropriate though not at all interesting to her.

Her favourite book out of the 4 was you CAN try this at home which had some interesting experiments she could try out much to her amusement and my kitchen took some cleaning after that !!!!!!!

without sounding ungreatful please please please on bended knees can we have some more "girly" books to try next time.

GrownUpNow Mon 26-Sep-11 16:43:29

Hello, I have received duplicate books, plus a new set of three which my little boy is very impressed with. We'll post a review when he's read them through a couple of times.

norriscoleforpm Mon 26-Sep-11 18:25:59

Although we also received a pack of duplicates, we also received LOADS of lovely new ones!! getting through them and will review soon. Thank you!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 26-Sep-11 18:49:32

As I said, Pearson will email you about this and I'd really like you to liaise with them....otherwise I am just passing on messages etc - they will be in touch shortly
A

WhatWouldLeoDo Mon 26-Sep-11 19:28:33

Thanks for the update Ann, I'll watch out for an email from Pearson.

treedelivery Mon 26-Sep-11 19:55:36

Hello smile

I got duplicate too - The Railway Children, Charlotte's Web and another one. Should I email them directly or something Annmumsnet? So you aren't a message runner?

As to the other set, we recieved Chocolate, a book about Mummies and a reading book. They are reading books banded as 'purple'. Dd1 has read the two non-fiction books and really enjoyed them, had no trouble with the actual reading and was very interested to learn new things. So I am happy with them, although they aren't 'challenging' as such.

I probably would buy more books along these lines, I liked the idea of dd reading for knowledge, and she enjoys that way more than reading for a story. I'd be tempted to move up a band or maybe two, I'd have to see them. She is yr 2, I have no idea how the banding compares to the generic standardised banding.

So impressed with the reading pack, and my comments on the duplicate have already been made. One extra comment - why on earth are two of the books one size and style, then Charlotte's Web is larger and a different colour? Seems a bit odd.

jimswifein1964 Tue 27-Sep-11 11:53:54

So, the email says we can do what we like with the duplicates; does anyone want to swop? Our duplicate pack is Shaun the Sheep/ Zip and Zap/ Dinosaur - which went down very well last time with a 5.5 yr old! Happy to swop for anything aimed at this age or older smile

Spirael Tue 27-Sep-11 14:09:45

I seem to have been lucky enough to get the right books this time around! I got Colours and Opposites last time, this time I got Words and Numbers.

There was also a note in my pack that some Phonic books were out of stock and would be delivered later... Please don't! DD is only 15 months old! A bit young for phonics.

Reviewing the Words and Numbers books...

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Reading together: My First Words and My First Numbers.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

DD seemed to enjoy them. They're bright, colourful and about the right size for her to handle. She found the (card) pages a bit sticky at first, but once we'd loosened them all up she was turning them ok.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I was reasonably impressed by the two books. They're good quality and seem robust enough to stand up to a toddler that's just learnt to tear paper and still likes to gnaw on things.

For the most part the content was good. I had a few things to comment on that I shall try and recall from memory, since I haven't currently got the books with me to reference.

For the Numbers book, it skipped the teens but had a page for twenty. Either include the teens or omit the twenty, it currently just makes it feel like numbers are missing! My DH (an accountant) did appreciate the early introduction to simple mathmatics later in the book.

For the Words book, there seemed to be an awful lot of things on every page, I think DD was a bit confused by the sheer quantity. The pictures for Television and Vacuum Cleaner seemed very out dated, and for the bathroom page why was there no Sink but a Razor?? I know which one my DD is more likely to be using!

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

Given the fact that we had to take one with us to the supermarket as she wouldn't put it down, I'm guessing she likes them!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I probably would, but I might point out their flaws and suggest checking for any alternatives.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

DD isn't old enough.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

We'll go for a 4 this time around. They were good, but not quite as good as the Colours/Opposites books.

MrsOlf Tue 27-Sep-11 14:14:35

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We received the Fun with Phonics set, which includes 3 book and DVD sets: Letters and Sounds, Handwriting and Reading. This is a learning to read pack.

DD1 has just turned 5 but I am also using them with DD2 who is almost 3.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
The DVDs are good and feature Pui from CBeebies fame, which is great for the girls as they are fans. The books that come with the reading set are good and are a similar level to the beginners learning to read books. DD1 is reading at a higher level than this now but she enjoyed looking at them. DD2 is very interested and has been learning her phonics with the Letters and Sounds DVD, which comes with a poster with all the letter characters. I can see that DD2 will get a lot of use out of these as she learns more phonics and works towards reading.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
The DVDs were enjoyed by both DDs. DD1 particularly liked the Handwriting pack as there was a good practice book which she has used. The phonics pack also came with an activity book which DD1 enjoyed completing.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I think this set would be excellent for pre-schoolers learning phonics (the Letters and Sounds one) and for pre-schoolers or reception children learning to read and write (all 3). It would be good if this could be tied in with the Alphablocks series on CBeebies as both DDs love watching this too.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
Both DDs enjoyed the DVDs and activity books. The poster has allowed DD1 to play being a teacher and teach DD2 her letters!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes, as above.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
DD1 would recommend them to her friends, and she must have done already as one parent has already asked me about the phonics DVD!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
4*

GrownUpNow Tue 27-Sep-11 16:14:54

We've received three Colour Young Puffin Titles - Fat Lawrence, The Robodog and Cosmo and the Pirates.

So far we are reading the Dick King Smith book as he was a favourite author of mine, so I liked to see these books still going strong for my children and would definitely love to see more of this in other books available.

At 5.9 he is an above average reader who has just gone into Year One. These books are suiting him much better than the previous ones. He reads them aloud to me, is encouraged to try words he doesn't recognise, and then I will tell him the word if he still doesn't get it. There are a few words in each chapter that are challenging him: though, receive, accustomed, roughly, seldom, previous, heave and hoist in the first chapter for example. A few he managed to work out himself and others I had to help with, we have highlighted them now so he knows he has to learn them, and I will sit with him and get the definitions of them to encourage understanding as well as repetition.

There is a much better amount of text to the pages in each book and I am glad to be able to introduce the idea of chapters in books to his reading, it means he doesn't read it all in one sitting and is being challenged to think and understand more whilst he reads, so definitely using more concentration and getting more involved in the story. The pictures are all lovely and interesting, they definitely add to the experience of the book.

Will answer the rest of the questions when we're done.

feedthegoat Tue 27-Sep-11 21:21:39

I have passed the Yr 1 reading pack to a friend to review so I am reviewing three Puffin books we received.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Puffin books - The Hundred Mile An Hour Dog, Woof! and The legend of the worst boy in the world. I don't know what the intended use is but for us they are definately read together as they are way beyond capability of ds who is 5.11 and just starting year 1.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

He was a little perturbed when he saw the lack of colourful pictures but I think the more complex, interesting stories soon meant he didn't care.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I normally read picture story books to ds at bedtime (The little red train etc) so thoroughly enjoyed reading something more entertaining and interesting.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

Ds absolutely loved The Hundred Mile An Hour Dog with a passion. He says it is the best book he has ever heard and did great big belly laughs at certain parts. He has asked for it a second time but I am trying to get through the others first.
We are currently reading Woof! Ds says it is ok but not as good as the other one. I think he preferred the humour in the first book, this is slower paced. He has outright refused to read The legend of the worst boy in the world. I think it could be the title that has put him off. Horrid Henry upsets him, he hates anything where he thinks people will be naughty and get told off. I will try and encourage him as it looks good.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes. The H. M. A. H. Dog one in particular was the perfect funny introduction into chapter story books.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

He has already told me he would. He wants all his friends to read his favourite new story though I don't think Woof! is as big a success.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

I would give The H. M. A. H. Dog 5 stars as it has been a runaway hit. Woof! maybe 3 as it has not grabbed him in the same way. If he ever reads book number three I will let you know!

UniS Tue 27-Sep-11 23:02:48

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Young puffins 5-7s chapter books. Worst boy in the world, Woof and Hundred Mile an Hour Dog. Reading together.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

DS was pleased he could read the titles. He chose to start with "Worst Boy" as he liked the cover picture and it was shortest. "Woof" looks very long. After 1 chapter of WB he wanted a second straight away. He has been scared while we were reading it as he empathised with the lead character in danger.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
nice chapter books, good for reading aloud at bedtime. It remains to be seen if Woof really is too long and we lose interest half way through 21 chapters. They seem a long way off for DS to be reading these independently , but maybe in a year he will be. They look like a "boy" pack. all lead characters are boys. I'm fine with this, DS is also a boy.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent.

3 or 4

coffeekeepsmegoing Wed 28-Sep-11 13:24:51

I have just received a new pack which contains the books I have already received and reviewed. There is a set of new ones too. Shall I just review the new ones? Should I send the repeated ones back or rehouse them?

meala Wed 28-Sep-11 18:23:22

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Read at Home Purple Pack. Books in this pack were "All about Mummies", "Chocolate", "Ben 10"and "Pete's Peculiar Petshop".

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

The books were a bit harder that those DD is currently reading at school. She has just started P2 (equivalent of Year1) and although she understood at lot of the words and could sound out most that she didn't know, there were too many words that needed sounded out to make it comfortable for her to read alone. She uses ORT at school.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

The books were a big hit with both DD and her younger brother (3). They really enjoyed the non fiction books and find it interesting to learn new things. The mummies book was especially appreciated as they have a playmobil pyramid and this book made things more real to them and inspired their imaginations in their play.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Both myself and DD enjoyed these books. We would not normally have chosen Ben 10 as it is not something that she ever watches but it went down well and we would read more like this. It is nice to get interesting non fiction books at an appropriate level. The least interesting was the Pet shop book although the pictures were funny.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

In my daughters words!! "Brilliant books but a bit too hard for me to read on my own"

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes I would recommend them, particularly the non fiction titles.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Yes. DD states that her pal at school would love the Ben 10 book.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

4 out of 5. Books were great but not quite at the correct level for P2.

Wiifitmama Wed 28-Sep-11 20:25:24

I didn't receive the new pack (or the accidental repeats) yet. Should I worry?

jimswifein1964 Thu 29-Sep-11 17:52:17

review by child aged 5

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Books: The Cake Sale Goo, Basil Brush, Lego City. Learning to read, I think?

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
We use ort at school. I dont like ort particularly, although my kids do like the repetition of familiar characters. The Pearson books are much more varied, and with more eyecatching pictures.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
I think not as much as the last pack; he was a bit put off as the words are slightly too tricky for him. Of the three, the cake sale goo appealed to him most.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I think they are all appealing, but much harder than the last set. We ended up using them as a read -to-child set, rather than him reading to me. The lego one was particularly hard for him, because of all the 'bits' to read rather than a straight narrative.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
'Cake sale goo is good; I like sniffer. Lego is rubbish, it's just he does this he does that.'

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I think I would, because i like their appearance, and because the last set went down so well.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
I really dont know; he's not really at the recommending stage yet! I think he would tell friends that the cake one was good?

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

iloveblue Thu 29-Sep-11 21:21:15

Has everyone had an email from Pearson?
I havn't yet.

chantelfrompearson Fri 30-Sep-11 10:01:56

Shaztwins1 and Gazzalw will ensure girly books are sent next time! Thanks for all the feedback ;)

chantelfrompearson Fri 30-Sep-11 10:03:50

Thanks for the feedback Vividgingerchilli, will try and send more challenging reads next time

lisad123 Fri 30-Sep-11 11:16:25

whats going to happen about sept draw?? hardly fair as some of us have no books to review hmm
also i still havent recieved an email or anything to say whats happening with the books and what i do with double set?

MoChan Fri 30-Sep-11 11:43:07

I have no books as yet, but I have had an email telling me I will be sent some.

lisad123 Fri 30-Sep-11 12:00:24

As if by magic grin an emails arrives thanks

mumatron Fri 30-Sep-11 16:28:59

i received some new books but also had the same pack as before.

they are going to take ages to read so i'm not going to get a review up until next weekend at least.

we got the railway children/charlottes web books.

WhatWouldLeoDo Fri 30-Sep-11 18:41:10

I've had an email but no second pack of books. Good point re: the September draw.

mumatron Fri 30-Sep-11 19:23:22

just checked and I have had an email, it's in my junk folder. will pass on the pack and get some feed back for you asap

silverfrog Fri 30-Sep-11 23:39:48

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

we had two packs (neither of which was a repeat!):

Phonics bug pack 2 (4 fiction books inc. Tut Tut Pup and The Bop), and
Read at home Bug Club Pink pack. they are learning to read packs (although am a bit confused, as had phonics bug pack 3 last time, so presumably these are a little easier?)

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

the books are of a similar standard. the books that dd2 is bringing home are not pure phonics books, though - she has mostly Ginn 360 books. She likes those; the stories seem more complete, in a way. more content, and a bit more point to them, I would say.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

she has (as has dd1 - aged 7, but severe ASD, so just learning to read also) mostly enjoyed them. she wasn't keen on the Lego one, or Harry and the Dinosaurs oddly (she loves the full Harry stories).

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

the books make a nice change from the ever present Kipper! BUt there does seem to be less flow to them - the 'stories' are very loose (and it is not as though ORT have great storylines...) and both girls don't really seem to get the point of them - there is not the same beginning, middle, end with a flow of story. having said that, they are nice little books, not too intimidating for a child to start reading. dd1 has liked them more than dd2.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

dd2 said there were not enough flowers in the stories (confused, and that the words were different from her school reading books (there has been a heavy emphasis on 'look' 'where' 'here' and 'help' in her school reading books over the last coulpe of weeks, and I think she was a bit lost without them!)

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

they are good, but seem less substantial somehow. quite thin and flimsy, and not as much flow as some other phonics reading books we have at home (eg ORT songbird books). not sure I would recommned them over anything else, but I would not not recommend either.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

not sure it would occur to dd2 to do so.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

3.5. I think part of theseeming disjointed-ness is that there is no cohesive flow from one book to the next, whether in terms of charcters or the language used. to me that seems a good thing (I don't tend to read very similar books one after another all the time) but the constant repetition and familiarity of other schemes seems to help dd2 - eg the progression through the ORT or Ginn series.

norriscoleforpm Sat 01-Oct-11 10:41:04

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We received Bug Club level 2 reading together

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

She thoroughly enjoyed them! Both being read to and reading out loud.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Lovely! Tactile, user friendly and eye catching.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

She says 'good - some of the best books in the world'!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I expect so. In fact i intend to pass on the duplicates we were sent to a friend with a 5 year old to get their reactions.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

she says 'Yes, i will tell them they are really good and colourful'

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

I would definitley say between 4 and 5.

Many thanks

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Sat 01-Oct-11 22:04:54

Bookmarking

vividgingerchilli Sun 02-Oct-11 12:10:09

Thank you Chantal. He's now read the two non-fiction texts and has enjoyed those a lot - non-fiction is his thing. He wasn't keen on the fiction texts, shall I donate those to his school? The reception class will probably make good use of them.

For ref, dd is 5yo & in Y1.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Learning to read purple pack - Lego city, Cake sale goo & Basil Brush

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

Slightly more advanced - she is on yellow level (school uses a mix of reading schemes inc Oxford Reading Tree)

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

She didn't jump on them to be honest - I don't think the covers captured her as much as last time. But she did enjoy the when I encouraged her to open them

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Not bad, but nothing special. Basil B not a character she knows, and Lego City was a bit plonky in the text, although we loved the pictures!

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

She says they were "brilliant" especially the BB & the Cake sale goo which she thought were funny.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Um, not especially. Fine but nothing special. I can imagine a lego obsessive might get more out of the lego one than we did

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Don't think she would, sorry!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent.

3/5

PS I am passing our duplicate selection (inc the wonderful Zip & Zap, which still makes dd giggle) onto school.

SeenButNotHeard Mon 03-Oct-11 18:35:50

I received an email, but no replacement books yet...

happygilmore Tue 04-Oct-11 13:48:01

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We had the two Miriam Stoppard books.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

n/a

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

She liked the pictures in the books, but much prefers the first books we were sent, first opposites and colours. These books are a bit young for her (she is 16 months) and in my opinion don't have that much content.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I think they're more aimed at parents. And if I'm brutally honest (sorry!) I found them a bit patronising, the CD and book for the talking book really stress how you need to talk to your children etc etc and whilst I appreciate that some people need to be told to do that sort of thing, I don't think most do. I also think the developmental guide could be quite upsetting for some parents, it says at 15 months all children (whilst offering a disclaimer about differing development times) should be talking in two word phrases, well my DD isn't! Maybe I should have bought the book before now and she would be! grin

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

She seemed to like the textures book most, and did like looking at the pictures in both. The nursery rhymes on the CD she wasn't very interested in, which is not like her as she normally adores music. I think it was because they were quite 'dry', Miriam Stoppard obviously believes that all words should be clearly intonated and seems to have a problem with 'motherese' (or at least that's the impression I get). DD much prefers exaggerated singing, rather than the way the nursery rhymes were delivered on the CD. I think the content was also more aimed at parents overall than children.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Perhaps, but I don't think they were great value. Something like the "That's not my.." set of books would capture children's attention more I think.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

n/a too young!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

2 (sorry!)

Fillybuster Tue 04-Oct-11 13:50:30

Note for Pearson (if you're looking!) - I had an email from you but have not received any replacement books....yet....

SilveryMoon Wed 05-Oct-11 19:38:00

Sorry that it has taken me so long to post my review..........
Firstly though, I would like to say, AnnMumsnet I posted a while back to say that I also had received some books that I had got in round 1. Pearson's have not contacted me, but today I received another pack of books which again, are a repeat of the phonics books I received in round 1.

Now my review for round 2:
Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
A1 We received Phonics Phase 2 Set 5. These are a "learning to read" set.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
A2) My son brings home Oxford Reading Tree books. He is on the very first stage, the books without words. My son really enjoys these books and they seem to be doing wonders for his story-telling confidence. He is not enjoying the books from Pearsons sad

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
No. In his words, he says "don't want to read that book. That book is rubbish"

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
My view, is the books are ok. I do feel that the books without words are better because they help more to build the child's confidence in story-telling, allowing them to make their own interpretations of the story. The Pearsons books put abit more pressure on my son than I would personally choose.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He was excited when the package arrived, he couldn't wait to open it. He was excited when he saw they were books and he wanted to read them, but once we sat down he changed his mind. I tried a number of times to sit with him and look at the books, but he is uninterested. He has not chosen any of them from his bookshelf at reading time at home either.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I would recommend these books to friends. I do think that some children will thoroughly enjoy them, and maybe when my son moves onto the next level of reading and is recognising more letters and sounds, he will enjoy them. I hope so anyway.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
He is not really old enough to recommend books to his friends.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
I give the books a rating 2/3. Only because my son is not really into them so I find it hard to be overly praising of them.

Moodykat Wed 05-Oct-11 21:33:08

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Not sure, we had the DK lift the flap books

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
He likes lifting the flap and once I had read it to him once he then sat reading it to himself "Baby can't find his boat..." etc!

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I thought it was good for him to look at by himself but he prefers to have stories when I read to him.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
As I said above, he likes them!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I showed them to my 15 month old niece the other day and she loved them so yes, the people with younger children.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
I think he would show them to his friends, yes.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
4 stars as for the right age group, they are lovely books and the concept is great! Trouble is, as with the previous pack, I think they are a little young for DS who is very nearly 3 now!

MiraNova Wed 05-Oct-11 22:24:55

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We had Phonics bug pack books - (Tut Tut Pup and The Bop), Lego City, Harry & the Dinosaurs. We also got a duplicate set of Carol Vorderman's 'Maths made easy' books - which are great.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

DS mainly brings home ORT books, but occasionally brings home different ones. School policy is that they all start on the picture (ie no words) books - and we are reading those still. He is a good reader and can comfortably read ORT 5, so waiting to see which level they will decide to put him on once they've assessed him.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Yes he does. He can read them easily, so would benefit from harder books - but despite that he does love them. I like the practice the sounds bit at the front of the 'bug' books - because I want to check that DS really does know his sounds and isn't just learning the words without knowing the phonics. The guidance notes are good, and help us get more out of the book.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I started off thinking he wouldn't enjoy them at all as he can read all of the words without hesitation, but having said that, he does really like them, and often chooses them to read out loud regardless of whether anyone is listening to him! I think they're good, and have requested a more advanced level for next time and am very keen to get those.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He liked the Lego City story, and particularly finding the people, so that was good. He loves the bit in Tut Tut Pup where Pup wees on the carpet, and laughs a lot at this every time we read it. He has seemed less keen on Harry and the Dinosaurs, although not sure why, as he has liked other Harry stories, and loves Dinosaurs.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes I would, although I think with this level of book that you go through them so quickly that it's often better to get them from the library or school than to buy them.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Not sure he's old enough to think of that, but if asked he would probably be keen to show them to a friend who was visiting for example.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

4 - DS loves them, but they are very easy for him.

StaceyfromPearson Thu 06-Oct-11 09:42:32

Don’t worry, if your review is delayed because of a delay in receiving your pack, you’ll still be entered into the prize draw!

StaceyfromPearson Thu 06-Oct-11 09:50:52

Hi Fillybuster, SeenButNotHeard, WhatWouldLeoDo and MoChan, I hope you've received your book packs now? If not, please let us know by emailing mumsnetlearning@pearson.com so we can look into it (if you haven't already). Likewise, if anyone else is still waiting, please get in touch too!

MoChan Thu 06-Oct-11 11:24:38

Hi Stacey

Yes, thanks, we have received a pack, just yesterday. I will post a review later.

The books we were sent were much easier than the first pack we got, though, which seems odd. They are very much first readers and My DD is reading at a significantly higher level than this; Obviously, this doesn't stop me from reviewing the books altogether, and I'm of course happy to do that, but I think my reviews would be more useful if it were something I could gauge and use her reaction from. She just zipped through these in ten seconds flat and won't look at them again. I am going to get some of my friends with children at this level to have a look if I can, and see what they think, but I think my reviews might be more useful for Pearson if we're sent something a bit more her level.

Happy to continue reviewing them at any level, though! x

SeenButNotHeard Thu 06-Oct-11 11:38:01

Hi Stacey, our pack arrived yesterday and looks great! Many thanks.

OvOntToSuckYourBlood Thu 06-Oct-11 12:38:13

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Bug Club Turquoise. Learning to read.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
My DS is home educated so no scheme to compare it to.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Yes, he enjoyed them all. He can't read at all yet so I had to read them all to him but he sat with no fidgeting at all. Small miracle that. grin

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Excellent. The books are all very different but all managed to catch his interest.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He said that he likes all of them but his favourite is 'Can You Do This?' Even his little brother (3) joined in and they had a good giggle. He was at first reluctant to read 'Yun & the Ice Spirit' as I don't think the book cover caught his interest but I started reading it anyway and he loved it! Wanted the book after so he could look at all the pictures. He liked 'Cars Cars Cars' too and wanted to talk for ages about them. 'Run in the Rainforest' was enjoyed and he liked the style of pictures.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes. The books were fun.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Definitely. I just asked him why and he said, "They're lots of fun and have lots of interesting pictures. My friends would like that."

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent.
5.

lisad123 Thu 06-Oct-11 17:03:56

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We had Dear Zoo, meg and mog and each peach pear plum, guess reading together.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Yes, really enjoyed this set. LOved looking for charaters in each peach pear plum.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Really excellent choice, great for many ages and easy enough to read together before bed but also extending too. We made a story sack for Dear Zoo, which my little girl loves.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
"oh look, new books yeeah"

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes I would, maybe not meg and mog but certainly other two.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Yes especially with the story sack for dear zoo.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
4, great books, good fun and lots to learn together.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Thu 06-Oct-11 19:56:30

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Read together - Noisy Peekaboo

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
n/a

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
DS2 turned 3 last month and at first found these books boring and possibly babyish (he mostly enjoys story books at the moment), however once he sat down with me and ds3 (5 months) he enjoyed interacting with me and ds3. He enjoyed lifting the flaps for ds3 and finding the flaps that make a noise.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I do think the book is too young for ds2. I would say that the book would be aimed at a 6month - 2 year old.
The flaps are great and very sturdy and may even be baby proof (great brownie points there)
Great pictures. I like the fact that the pictures are of real objects rather than illustrations.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
I think he would say that he doesn't enjoy them himself, however he likes to show it and talk about it with his younger brother.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes. Great quality, great illustrations, bold colours.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
n/a

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
4 stars

zeeboo Thu 06-Oct-11 20:48:33

Sorry for the late reply but It wasn't on my mind when the replacement set arrived.
I will say that in a letter from Pearson and I think the email too it said "we're sorry you weren't happy with the books we sent" this makes me sound like a right ungrateful cow and I was perfectly happy except they were exactly the same books as before which would have made them hard to review!

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Reading together. Meg and Mog, Each Peach Pear Plum and Dear Zoo. I was thrilled as these are old favourites from my much older children's babyhoods!!

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

She loves them, especially Dear Zoo which she 'reads' to herself and constantly brings to me to read. She enjoys the others but not eith the same need to read them over and over again.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

A GREAT set of starter books for moving a toddler on from books with just pictures to proper story books. Very different styles of books thar offer detailed pictures, bold pictures, lift the flap, rhyming so that the toddler and gets to learn what style they like and to suit different moods. Each Peach is a great wind down bedtime book for example.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

She loves them, especially Dear Zoo which makes her laugh out loud on the frog being too jumpy page!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Definitely! All great stories from trusted authors and a great trio for anyone's bookshelf.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Yes, I think she would if she could!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5 stars. I literally whooped with delight at seeing which books they were!

Raahh Fri 07-Oct-11 15:25:04

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

Raahh Fri 07-Oct-11 15:36:42

Sorry about that- meant to put answers in, not just repeat the questions!!
Apologies if this is a bit late, too, as wasn't sure whether there was a new thread.

Anyway-

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

The second lot of books were more 'read together' for dd- Was 'Wallace and Gromit', 'Silly silly Jack' and one about sea creatures (that dd has misplaced, so the title has escaped me, blush).

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

The books were very clear, again set out to practice specific sounds, and key words, just as her ORT books do.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

DD loved all the books- the non-fiction book was well presented, and she loves Wallace and Gromit, so was engaged in the story. I like the Silly jack one better, the repetitive nature of it was good for practicing the sounds.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I liked it more than the first pack, better stories, still clear enough for dd to 'have a go' at reading herself.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

DD loved it- she thought they were great, and we have read them over and over. She has taken them to school to show her teachers.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes ,i would

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Yes, she was very pleased to be able to take them to school to read with her friends.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5/5, as they were more entertaining than the first pack.

Fillybuster Fri 07-Oct-11 15:59:27

Books have arrived - many thanks! Working on the reviews now smile

Did we ever get an answer to the September draw question?!

PS Pearson - none of my ds' friends want to review the whole Bug Pack - may I please donate them to the school library? I know they will be hugely appreciated!

WhatWouldLeoDo Fri 07-Oct-11 19:38:29

Still waiting for books here...

WhatWouldLeoDo Fri 07-Oct-11 19:40:02

I've just seen your message Stacey - I've been in touch with Pearson about it, thanks.

TheSecondComing Fri 07-Oct-11 19:46:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

gabity Fri 07-Oct-11 20:03:17

Same as others, received same pack as last time (Dear Zoo etc) and a new set, the Miriam Stoppard books.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We had the two Miriam Stoppard books.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

n/a

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Enjoyed looking at the pictures, and especially liked the "sticky banana"! Didn't go back to them the way she did the last pack.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

More aimed at parents than children. A bit obvious and possibly a bit patronising.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

DD enjoyed looking at pictures and touching the different textures, but as above, she doesn't choose to look at these books herself the way she does others.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I don't think so, too expensive and too obvious!

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

n/a (but didn't choose to "read" these books to the dog, which she normally does after enjoying a book with me.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

2

shortie3 Fri 07-Oct-11 20:57:09

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We had 2 BC packs: Yellow and Blue consisting of Shaun the Sheep: Too Many Jobs, The Dinosaur, Zip and Zap and The Thing, Cake Sale Goo, What We Do All day and Basil Brush
Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
The Yellow pack was too easy and the blue pack was marginally easy since DS just needed help with the character names. We mainly use ORT
Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
His favorites in these packs were Shaun the Sheep (he thought the other sheep were funny), Cake Sale Goo (the best one of the pack) and What We Do All Day (loves, Lego but text clunky). He did not like Basil Brush and found dinosaurs scary!
Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I liked the pack since it offered an alternative to ORT and biff, chip et al get boring after awhile
Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
DS loves his favourites and even used Cake Shop Goo as his early morning activity (allowed to do quiet activity if wakes early) rather than read his magazines or draw!
Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes because for our school it offers an alternative to ORT. We found some of the books funny and DS would read them repeatedly. DS is intent on just getting on the next level with ORT rather than enjoying reading.
Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
He would recommend his favourites since he would not remember the book names of the ones he did not like (DS is 4 and only 'remembers' things he wants!)
Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
4 since we are still trying to get the right level for him but we are enjoying the process of reading and reviewing them. Thank you!

Cantdothisagain Sat 08-Oct-11 07:53:43

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Reading together; Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood touch and feel (and a repeat of what we had before which I've passed to a friend for her DC).

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
n/a

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
We actually already had the two books we were sent. My 3 year old loved them a year or so ago but wasn't as interested now as she is used to the longer versions of the stories now, but the 18 month old loves them, loves touching them and hearing the rhymes. They have great visual appeal, the rhyme is fun and the touch/feel aspect works well too.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
These books are brilliant for toddlers, perhaps less so for preschool (age 3ish), as a little young by then. But from 1 1/2-3, I think they are brilliant as they introduce children to fairy tales in a very fun and age-appropriate way.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
My nearly 4 year old dismissed them, as I said above (maybe because we already have them and she exhausted their potential some time ago, so it may not be an age thing, I don't know; certainly she loved them age 2!) but my 18 month old was captivated, and has enjoyed them a few times now. She likes the colour and feel and the sound of the words.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Definitely, for a child aged 1 or 2, maybe just turned 3, but not nearer 4. I like that they introduce children to fairy tales in a fun and not too long version. Also they are sturdy and feel good quality and should withstand toddler overexcitement!

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
I'd say my 18 month old would if she was old enough to understand the concept but obviously she isn't!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
5 - I really like this, probably best suited for 18 months -2 years.

Thank you again for sending the books; much appreciated, and they are lovely.

WhatWouldLeoDo Sun 09-Oct-11 13:41:59

Hurrah, we finally got our books yesterday. DS is 3, and we received the Carol Vordeman 'Maths made easy' set of activity books.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Neither - we received a set of maths activity books.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

n/a

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

They're not really books for reading or looking at so another n/a I think.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

It's hard for me to review the books. DS is 3.3 - I don't think these set of books (despite being marketed at 3-5) will be much good to us for at least another 6months. He'd need a bit more pen control for starters. They're the kind of thing I can imagine him using when he starts school. DS is interested in learning about numbers but I think this book that we have is a bit more suited as a starting point for learning to read/write numbers. I think overall, the books look like school work rather than fun pre-school age learning.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

He's not used them because they are too old for him at present.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Not for a three year old. I think an older child 4-5 would enjoy them, but only if they really wanted to do extra learning/activities on top of school work. Also, if I'm really honest, I can't stand Carol Vorderman so couldn't imagine buying/recommending something that she was promoting, sorry!

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Can't really answer.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

I'll go for a middle of the road 3 - they're not great books for my DS at his age, but I couldn't say with certainty that he wouldn't enjoy them when he's a bit older. I think I'll stick with the Usborne wipe clean numbers book for now and try the Carol Vorderman set in a couple of months.

UniS Sun 09-Oct-11 19:38:57

Woof - a chapter book for 5-7s. DH has been reading this to DS one chapter a night for some time now- it has 21 chapters. DS is liking the book very much, he has been pretending to be a dog.

PegPolkadot Sun 09-Oct-11 22:27:50

Q1- We had the learning to read books.

Q2- They were slightly more challenging than the books he brings home from school- although he is struggling with reading. School uses a combination of Oxford Reading Tree and Storyworld books.

Q3- My son, the book hater, ADORES these books!

Q4- I think these books are absolutely fantastic. The well known characters such as Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep together with the Lego book have great appeal to my son and he wants to learn how to read them so he can enjoy them independently. They are completely different to the Biff, Chip and Kipper stories so he doesn't associate them with the chore of learning to read.

Q5- My son (5) loves them, as does my older child (8) who has been reading them to him. They are a great set of books.

Q6- I would definitely reccommend these books.

Q7- Definitely- they have great characters and simple stories. Winning combination for building confidence in reading skills and learning to enjoy reading.

PegPolkadot Sun 09-Oct-11 22:28:55

Forgot question 8- I would give them 5 out of 5!

Fillybuster Mon 10-Oct-11 11:23:02

As the books we've received are fairly long, and ds is also working his way through Roald Dahl at the moment, so we're having to strike a balance between 'review' books and those, I'm going to add feedback as we go. Hope that's ok.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We received 2 deliveries - a repeat Bug Club 2 (now donated to the school library) with a set of 3 other books (The Coldest Day at the Zoo, The Last of the Polar Bears and 'Werewolf' or something). Wrongly <sorry> I didn't think these were right for ds' level. We were then sent a second pack - Charlottes Web, Railway Children and Secret Garden....we will start on these soon.

The first pack (Zoo, Polar Bears, Werewolf) are somewhere between "reading alone" and "reading together". DS read the Zoo book entirely alone, but we are reading Polar Bears together.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

I don't think these are 'learning to read' so can't compare...

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

He is enjoying them (a lot!) but still misses the more illustrated style of learning to read books, despite being a confident reader. The very different style of The Last of the Polar Bears (letter form, story is set up through exposition, drawings and scribles around the page) has really challenged his idea of how a book is written, how a story is narrated etc and we've had a lot of fun discussing this.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Amazing!

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

Brilliant smile

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Coldest Day at the Zoo - DS read this alone and thought it was very funny. He was allowed to read 2 chapters/night before bed and really enjoyed telling me about the various characters and storylines.
LOTPB - see above.

I would recommend the Zoo book as a read-alone, and the LATPB as a fun 'read-alone-but-with-support'

Not started on the Jaqueline Wilson yet.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Yes, he says he would.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

Coldest Day at the Zoo - DS says 4 stars
LOTPB - still reading, 5 stars so far....

doigthebountyeater Tue 11-Oct-11 21:40:12

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

DS received a Bug Club pack. It contained 'Basil Brush: Stop That Noise!'; 'The Cake Sale Goo' and 'Lego City: What We Do All Day'. They look like learning to read books to me.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

DS is an advanced reading. He is further on than most children his age and is currently reading Roald Dahl books. These books are significantly easier.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Both DS1 (aged almost 6) and DS2 (aged 2) enjoyed reading these books. I read them to DS2 several times and each time, DS1 popped behind me to hear the story. They were too simple for DS1 to be really enthusiastic about them but he agreed that they were good stories.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

This is a good selection of books for a beginner reader, particularly for a boy. The Basil Brush story was the most popular (even though neither of the boys had ever heard of Basil Brush). My two year old loved the noise sounds and 'read' the sound words with enthusiasm.The lego book was also relatively popular but no more so than the lego catalogue which occasionally pops through our letter box. I can see that using lego pictures might encourage reluctant readers but the boys really focused on the images rather than the (sparse) words. The cake sale story was read several times but I got the feeling that neither of my sons was overly taken by the story. Overall, I think the Basil Brush was the best of the pack but that the other two books were average and ultimately the pack was too jeuvenile in themes for an almost six year old.

The supporting activities at the front and back of the books are very good. I think these could be developed more as my children enjoyed these and they are helpful for parents. Even these activities are however a little on the babyish side for someone who is 5-6 years old.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
MY son felt that the books were too babyish for him and I would agree. Even if he were not such a good reader, I don't think the plot lines etc would really be his thing. He is beyond Basil Brush etc now. My two year old however, really enjoyed them and I could see him still enjoying these for another year - a year and a half from now.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I would recommend them for a younger boy, probably a three year old. The Lego book would be good for an older boy who was really not keen on books as it is the least typically book-like of the three.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
I asked my son and he said he would recommend them to 'babyish friends'.

doigthebountyeater Tue 11-Oct-11 21:44:00

Sorry, I missed out the last question:
I'd give the pack 3 stars.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"? Lucky DD got the whole Y1 pack of Learning to Read - 17 books altogether

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school? She is ORT level 4/5, so some of the books were harder and some easier than she is currently reading at school.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not? Both she and her 3yo brother loved them all. DD read some to DS and we read some more to them both.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack? Brilliant! A good selection of stories / non-fiction, lovely illustration, massive variety, none of them too long (although this may be an issue for better readers than DD) because there were several bands in the pack it has given her the opportunity to try some harder books that she will be waiting a while for at school and her reading has definitely improved as a result.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack? She loves it.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not? I would definitely recommend this set to parents with children just starting to read. The price of £24.99 seems pretty reasonable considering the number of books you get. I seem to be alone in my enjoyment of the Biff & Chip books (blush) but these are a great home resource, especially if like our school they only have their reading book changed once a week, gives plenty of opportunity to practice reading without getting bored.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not? Yes I think she would

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent 5 smile

Lexilicious Wed 12-Oct-11 10:37:04

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

'noisy peekaboo splash-splash' and 'noisy peekaboo woof-woof', which I expect are reading together, if anything.

Q2 N/a

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Yes, he did enjoy them, but quite limited appeal. The left page has the picture of a baby playing with things and then the right page has three items from the main picture with something hidden behind them. After about two pages he realised that of the three flaps it would be the largest one which made the sound. From then on he just didn't bother opening the 'decoy' flaps.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

So-so. I think these would be really good for 1-2 year olds, but they aren't very stimulating for my 2y2month-er. There could be a lot more detail and interest in the main picture, which also could be better in focus (sometimes the item which is used on a flap is really fuzzy in the background of the main picture).

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

Some examples of his reaction: "Baby's drinking the bath water!" "Baby's crying!" ("No, baby's happy and laughing, sometimes that looks the same as crying"). Basically, DS is taking totally different outputs from the books. He was finished with the basic reward of finding what's under the flaps and is now looking for what else is going on in the pictures.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes to a younger age - but I know that's very variable between children and maybe a different 2 year old would love these. I would definitely recommend them if the pictures were sharper and more involved.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

My son would recommend anything to anyone at the moment - he's engrossed by my veggie seeds brochure for example! But probably less likely to recommend these than the colours/opposites set we had before.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

I'm going to be a bit harsh and say 2.

PS thanks also for the nursery rhymes DVD which we haven't been able to watch yet (Non-TV household and my computer's CD/DVD drive is kaput)

MoChan Wed 12-Oct-11 10:49:07

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We got a "learning to read" Phonic Bug pack, Phonics Phase 2 Set 3 ('Sid's Nits', 'Tim's Din', 'Kit's Kip', 'Dig, Sid, Dig').

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

My DD's school use a variety of different reading schemes, as well as easy non-scheme books. They use a lot of Oxford Reading Tree ones, but also Collins Cats (?), ladybird books, etc. I'd say by comparison the Phonics Bugs ones are visually a lot brighter, and in some ways therefore, more engaging. The subject matter is also a bit more joky, which also appeals. A broad range of characters appear, and this has pros and cons, if we're comparing these to other reading schemes. The ORT sticks to the same set of characters book after book. I think this is good, as the child becomes familiar with them, and keen to get to the next story involving the characters, but it also means they can become OVER familiar. So while the range of topic and characters in the Phonics Bug sets probably mean the children won't get bored, it also means that there's less continuity.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Yes, she did enjoy these books, to a point. She found the pictures colourful and engaging, and she enjoyed the joky conclusions. She found the text odd, but this is because the sentences are odd because they are constructed of the most simple words possible, for the earliest readers. My DD is currently reading at around level 6/7 of Oxford Reading Tree, similarly the Collins books, and the likes of Topsy and Tim and other 'young reader' books, so these were very much back to basics for her. So, she read them very quickly, enjoyed the process, but won't revisit them as there's not enough narrative, and nothing challenging word-wise.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I generally really like these books. I like the bright and engaging illustrations and the themes of the stories, and I think the advice and suggestions for carers are useful, clear, non-patronising, and not too complicated - sometimes books like these come with over-complex directions, IMO!

I think it might be nice if characters reappeared on occasion. But we would definitely have enjoyed and benefited from these had we had them when DD was just starting to read.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

She thought they were fun, but tired of them quickly because they were too easy for her. But I think if she'd had them a while back, she would have spent a lot of time reading them because of the attractive illustrations and the themes - mischievous monkeys, cheeky cats, etc.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes. I think the style of them would probably help engage a reluctant reader.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Yes, she has. She has younger friends reading around this level and she offered one of them one of these books when she was at our house the other day!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

4/5

BelleEnd Wed 12-Oct-11 11:09:03

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Adventure Kids- Run in the Rainforest, Cars, Cars, Cars, Yun and the Ice Spirit, and Can You Do This?

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
These are as good, if not beter, than the ones he gets from school. He particularly enjoyed the Adventure Kids one- He and I love the way these ones are set out, they're very accesible.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Yes, he enjoyed them very much. Yun and the Ice Spirit was good because it was exciting and it didn't feel babyish (I think this tends to happen with learning to read books- Their interests are more mature than their reading ability, and it tends to mean they're reading stries they find dull. Not so with these!) We had a real laugh with Can You Do This?, and it felt like more of an experience than reading a book IYKWIM. DS1 isn't really interested in cars, so Cars, Cars, Cars wasn't his cup of tea, but I think most would enjoy it.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
It's a fantastic pack. We'll go back to them again and again. Thank you. smile

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He said that they were "very cool, especially with the dragon and the jaguar"... grin

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Absolutely yes. I think they'd appeal to the vast majority of children, and they're not too inane or dull for parents to read, either!

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Yes, he has a friend who gets easily bored with books and reading, and he has lent the Cars one to him because he's into motors.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
5. Thank you Pearson an Mumsnet. smile

coffeekeepsmegoing Wed 12-Oct-11 14:09:24

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
The pack we received was the BBC CBeebies Fun with Phonics series, Handwriting, Letters & Sounds and Reading. So it was a "learning to read" pack.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

Although my daughter is 4 1/2, she has not started school yet because we live in Scotland. However, the level is perfect for her. She will be one of the oldest in her year and is interested and ready to start learning. This pack has been invaluable for me as we have both enjoyed starting to look at letters and phonics together in a fun and relaxed way. If I had not received the pack, I probably would not have thought about starting to look at phonics but she has enjoyed it so I don't see any harm in continuing.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

My daughter likes the accompanying DVDs (what a surprise!) She recognises Puy from Cbeebies and likes the colourful pictures in the book. She likes the activity pack and practicing forming the letters.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I think all three books are excellent. We have not worked through all the work books yet but we have watched all the DVDs. My only critcism is that the DVDs seem to move very quickly from letter to letter but I suppose this is where the pause button comes in handy. The posters, both of the phonics and the alphabet are bright and colourful. My DD wanted them on her wall straight away so it did ignite her interest. The wipeable poster is quite thick which is a good idea. This pack will keep us busy for some time!

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
My daughter likes the books and DVDs very much. She likes Polyphonic but is less interested in the red dot illustrating how to form each letter. This is perhaps because she is just starting with forming letters.
She likes the stories in the reading pack because they are quite easy to learn.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
We would definitely recommend these to another parent. They are excellent and explain the whole phonics system to amateur (like myself) who are unfamiliar with this method of literacy teaching.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

My daughter says she would recommend it to her friends who don't know how to do letters.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

I would give this system 4.5 out of 5. We were very impressed with the quality of the images, the activities, DVDs and posters. Thank you!

WhatWouldLeoDo Wed 12-Oct-11 19:52:56

Anyone receive an unexpected extra set of books today? I've now received my 3rd set of Each Peach Pear Plum, Meg and Mog and Dear Zoo confused

Scaredycat3000 Thu 13-Oct-11 20:25:17

My DS is 2 1/2
Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
I'm guessing reading together.
Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
N/A
Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
My DS loves Charlie and Lola at the moment so that went down really well. I'm 39 weeks pregnant and he is obsessed with babies so Baby sitter bear is going down really well and hopefully is explaining some of what is going to happen very soon. Bridget Fidget he enjoys as well but not really sure why.
Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Three very different books. Don't get how they fit together? The very dated babysitter bear is for parents expecting a baby. Charlie and Lola is a modern tale explaining everyday life. Bridget Fidget and a, modern, bit of fun nonsense.
Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He asks to be read them most days at the moment.
Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
The C&L is fun for parents as well, so yes would recommend it. BF is nothing special. I might be missing a huge point with the story of BS bear, I don't get it, the illustrations are scratchy and very 80's, but my son loves it as it has 'babies' in it.
Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
N/A
Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
3

ClaimedByMe Fri 14-Oct-11 13:36:28

my DS is 6 and in P2

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

I think they are learning to read books, sea snaps, wallace and gramoit and silly silly jack.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

Ds uses ORT at school and these books are more informative, colourful and fun.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

My ds loves reading these books as he loves the pictures and he is like a sponge for taking in information, i think he feels like he learns from the story.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I love them, love the variety of books for the different levels.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

he hasnt said much but the books are at the side of his bed and he reads through them before going to sleep and when he wakes in the morning, hes even taking them to London with my parents tomorrow!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I have already reccomended to other parents as ds has been showing more interest and has more confidence reading since getting these books.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

2 of his friends have already taken a shine to the books when visiting, esp the character books.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5 star!

Slightly off topic but scaredycat we have had Babysitter Bear out of the library a few times as my DC (3 & 5) both love it. I enjoy reading it to them too, it's just a lovely story with a gentle rhythm perfect for a bedtime story. Plus I want to go to Picnic Park!

whimsy Fri 14-Oct-11 13:45:13

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Read at Home Purple Pack. Books in this pack were "All about Mummies", "Chocolate", "Ben 10"and "Pete's Peculiar Petshop".

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

I thought they were a lot better than the usual Biff and chip stories. He's reading ORT level 7.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Yes, he enjoyed them more than I thought he would. He read the Mummies book straight away he loves any books with facts the others enjoyed too.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Very good. I think the non-fiction books were great and we both learnt stuff reading them.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

His favourite was All about Mummies but has enjoyed all of the books, although he was disappointed he didn't get any stickers this time hmm

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes, I would. They offered a good variety of different reading material.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Yes, I think DS would especially the non-fiction books.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5

BornToFolk Fri 14-Oct-11 14:04:17

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Learning to read, I think. It was the Carol Vorderman pack for 3-5 year olds - English made easy

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

n/a DS is not at school yet

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Yes, he was very engaged straight away and paid attention.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I really like them. We've had similar books before but what I really like about these ones are the page-by-page parent guide. I felt that it enabled me to get the most out of the books with DS.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

He likes them! He's enjoyed doing the activites and they are pitched at just the right level for him (he was 4 yesterday!) He's been more into these than previous workbooks of a similar type. He liked the gold star stickers too.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes, definitely. They are easy to understand and very engaging.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

I'm sure he would

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5

Sorry I am late reviewing but are away without the books. Will do it next week x

christmasmum Fri 14-Oct-11 17:17:58

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

I think Learning to Read - it's the Carol Vorderman, English Made Easy books.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

N/A - She's not at school yet

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Yes, very much. We spend half an hour a day with these books now and we're making great progress learning the sounds and letters of the alphabet.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Surprisingly good! I was a bit dubious when I saw it was Carol Vorderman as she's not really known at being good at English so much as maths! However, I found the books to be very parent friendly and she's really interested in them. The gold star stickers are a great touch. The only thing I'd change is to maybe make it clear which order they should be used in.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

She said "I like them, I like the stars."

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes, definitely, they're really helping her to grasp the basics of reading. Good approach.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

She's not really old enough.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5 - really good books for her stage.

TwoCotbeds Fri 14-Oct-11 18:22:30

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Learning to rad must be - A pack of 4 books - The Bop, Sid and Duck, Big Fat Rat and Tut Tut Duck.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

DD2 doesn't start reading system til afetr half term so not poss to compare yet. If same as DD1 it will be mostly Oxford deading scheme with some others from other plans included along side.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Not really. The drawings did not grab her and they were much to hard I think for her . she is 4 1/2. Her Twin bruv is better, and can read a few words but i think the vocab is very poor. Salsa and rap are words My kids just have never heard of, And bop and tut they did not know and I had to explain.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Not very impressed. We have roughly over 100+ books in our house as I buy loads from charity shops for 50p and cos we have elder DD2 who is 8. And these ones dont compare well.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

Not very keen DD1 ( and her DT same ) Do not think they will ever ask for them again.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Not the best start to learnming to read . Stories not interesting enough. Prefer Usbourne and simialar

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

No
but at 4 this does not happen yetr any way

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

1. disappointing ( also flimsy would not last long to hand down in future)

shaztwins1 Fri 14-Oct-11 19:44:09

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We had the bug club gold set of books to read this time

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
we use a few different reading schemes at school such as ORT plus others, and i would say they are of the same level.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Not all of the books this time round as DD says they were " boys books " so they didnt catch her attention as maybe they could have. Though she did love u CAN try this @ home as i think i may have a budding scientist in my midst grin

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Excellent books and though dd wasnt that interested her twin brother loved them blush the experiments were very easy to do and they really did interest dd (she loves to make a mess !!!)

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
"boys books " blush sorry

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Absolutely. I think they are fantastic, some take alot of reading due to lots of text but i like that in a book wink

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Yes dd knew her brother would like them

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

personally id give them a 5 as ds loved them and im lucky enough to have girl/boy the same age so they both benefit from the books dd however says 2.5 moo bag lol

kennythekangaroo Fri 14-Oct-11 21:53:56

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Learning to read - A pack of 4 books - The Bop, Sid and Duck, Big Fat Rat and Tut Tut Duck.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
DD started school in September and hasn’t had a reading book yet. Her teacher is waiting till they are confident with their basic phonics first so I assume they are using a phonic based scheme.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Now she has got a better understanding of phonics, segmenting and blending DD is enjoying these more.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I can see they are a really good system to get children to read using purely phonic knowledge and get them into the habit of sounding out the words when stuck. I find the stories a bit peculiar - they don’t make much sense as a story in the early stages whereas other books I have read give more opportunities to practise other reading skills.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
She likes them but preferred the set of sails reading books I borrowed from my school.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
The ones we’ve had would be good as a starter set at the beginnig of reception to encourage them to use their first letters and sounds but I feel I wider range of styles is important.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Not at the moment.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
I’d give them a 4 for their educational value but 2 for entertainment and interest.

AnnieWinehouse Sat 15-Oct-11 12:04:26

Hi Sorry it's a bit late - lots of books to get through!
DS is 6 1/2.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We reviewed Year 2 Learn to Read At Home with Bug Club. There are 6 sets of books with four books in each set, with two stories and two educational/entertaiment books in each set.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

The stories in each set were interesting, he was happy to read them as bed time stories, but was also able to read them by himself if necessary. the entertainment books such as I Want To Be A Jedi and Earth's Amazing Environment were good, I thought, but didn't hold his interest as much.
At school he uses the Oxford Treetops scheme, and also uses the online Bug Club.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Yes he enjoyed them. He was pleased he could read books other than school books, with different topics. Such a variety of books!

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

There are such a lot of books it's taking a while to get through them all (two weeks is not enough time on top of his school books which obviously take priority). But overall a great and varied set of books.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

He really like the entertainment ones, such as Awesome Animal Adventures and Going into space. He was happy to read the story books alone, such as Lickety Kwik and Fright at the Fair.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes definitely. It's good to have a range of different material.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Again, I doubt that's what they talk about! Though he did ask if he could lend the Jedi one to his friends who likes star wars.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5

Wiifitmama Sun 16-Oct-11 10:31:25

Hi. Sorry for the delay but we only just got our pack after problems. It is for ds who is just 3. It is the Carol Vorderman pack of Maths Made Easy workbooks. Sadly I just can't do them with ds. He is too young and doesn't have the pencil control to do the work. They do look good and in another 6 months to a year I think he will like them, but he is just too young now.

RiffRaffeta Sun 16-Oct-11 11:40:33

The latest books we have received aren't as big a hit. We still read Zip and Zap from the first set and I would be interested in getting a whole Zip and Zap set.

Its hard with DD atm, I want to ensure I am getting books that engage her rather than just ones she has to read, iyswim.

Still, they have been read, with some help. This set are much more difficult than the previous set we were sent and I've had to help a lot.

LetUsPrey Mon 17-Oct-11 11:38:58

I just typed my review, pressed post and MN went offline! Sob.

DS2 is 4 years 11 months and started Reception class in September.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Learning to read phonics Phase 2 Sets 4 and 5 – “Sid and Duck", Tut, Tut, Pup", "The Bop" and "Big Fat Rat".

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
Reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. The books from school don't have any words in them so far so can't really compare.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
He likes the silliness of the books.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Again, the phonics books are very helpful for DS2 because of his language/speech delay. His current SALT exercises are to work on end sounds of p, t, s and c/k. These feature a lot in this set of books so he's doing extra speech exercises without realising it!

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He liked all the books because he thinks they're funny. His favourite was "The Bop".

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Definitely. The books are short and the illustrations are clear. The explanatory notes at the beginning of the books are straightforward.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
He's not really old enough.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent.
Again, I'd give this pack of books 5 out of 5. They're silly and fun and short so good for engaging interest in reading. Also, given DS2's personal circumstances, the phonics aspect of the end sounds is great.

So, when's the prize draw happening then?

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Reading together Purple Pack. Books in this pack were "All about Mummies", "Chocolate", "Ben 10"and "Pete's Peculiar Petshop".

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

I thought they were quite nice but prefer the Biff and Chip ones that she gets from school

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Yes, she enjoyed Pete's peculiar pet shop the best

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Was a god mixture of books and the non fiction ones were interesting

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

She enjoyed the story about the peculiar pet shop and the mummies and Chocolate but was not interested at all in Ben 10

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I would if they were free or cheap

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

She would recommend all except Ben 10

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

4 out of 5. Much better than the last ones we got. thanks

onfriday Tue 18-Oct-11 12:30:51

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
learning to read ones Sid's nits etc.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
They do Oxford reading tree and she has just started. It was good that all the words could be sounded out - very satisfying for her to really be able to read it all herself.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Yes she enjoyed them - just the right level for a beginner.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Very good - I wasn't looking forward to the learning to read ones as much as the reading together tones but she enjoyed them so much because she could read them herself that that made me change my mind.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
She liked them, especially because she could read them herself.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

mrswarthog Wed 19-Oct-11 09:19:08

DS is six,

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We received Year 2 Learn to Read At Home with Bug Club. There are 6 sets of books with four books in each set, with two stories and two educational/entertaiment books in each - lots of books

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
Very similar now, he uses the Oxford tree stuff but is changing more towards a combination of info books & stories each week.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Yes very much, really liked working up through the levels & getting each pack opened. Loved that some books were other stories relating to earlier ones etc.
Fascinated by the science ones.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Outstanding, good mix & well designed to keep boys interested. Huge amount of books!

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
Loves them!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
yes because similar enough to school but different enough to be eyeopening.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
yes because he learned loads of interesting facts from them & his friends would like them.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
5

seenbutnotheard Wed 19-Oct-11 16:04:10

DD is 6 and now in Year 2. Sorry that this has taken a while to get to you - dd wanted to read all three books first.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

This time we had the learning to read Puffin pack - Dragon Ride, Only a Show, The Witch's Dog

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

DD was delighted with these books as she is not a 'free reader' yet and so is not bringing home chapter type books from school. DD's school use the Read, Write Inc programme and have a mix of lots of different reading schemes, re-sorted into a RWI programme.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

DD has loved these books - she says she feels much more grown up - but she has liked the fact that there are still lots of pictures.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

This is a great pack. I am not sure about the 5-7 age bracket to be honest. I know that dd is a little behind some of her peers with reading though, so maybe some 5 year olds would be able to manage them.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

"Really great - can we have more please?"

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes, and have passed them on to another friend. I think that this pack is particularly good as it has boosted dd's confidence that she can try simple chapter books now.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Yes, dd took the books into school as she was reading them to show her teacher and her friends what she was doing at home. She was very proud of herself grin

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5 - I could not have asked for a better pack for where dd is now with her reading.

As an aside, dd has gone up two reading bands in the few weeks that she has been reading these books and I think that her increased confidence has a lot to do with this.
(bearing in mind that it took her four months to go up one band last time!)

mumatron Wed 19-Oct-11 18:01:27

dd is 7 and we have been reading charlottes web etc.

q1 our second lot of books was charlottes web etc.

q2 dd is reading biff and chip so these books were incomparable really.

q3 dd enjoyed these as stories to read together at bedtime but paniced at the thought of reading these alone.

q4 I loved the pack but think it was a little amitious to send these to a 7 year old to read themselves.

q5 ''I loved the stories, my favourite is charlottes web. I really enjoyed the introductions from other people but i would have liked some pictures in the books''

q6 not this pack as it did nothing to help dd with her reading.

q7 dd took these books into school to show her teacher but none of her peers are reading anything like this so I probably would not recommend.

q8 3 out of 5. the first pack we had was a million times better than this one.

thanks for this product test though. dd still loves the first lot of books. it has definitely increased her confidence levels.

cather Wed 19-Oct-11 22:44:08

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

I think my set was for Reading Together, it was the Puffin pack 5 - 7 and the books were The Robodog, Cosmo and the Pirates and Fat Lawrence

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

My 6 year old son loved these books, there was plenty of pictures to look at and the stories were fun to read. Once I had read the story to him he looked at the books on his own and was trying to read them although he doesn't know all of the words yet but he read the words he knew and made up some of the others but it was fun seeing him enjoying the books.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

The 3 books are really good and perfectly suited to children aged 5 - 7. The stories are interesting and two of the books are split into chapters which is good as it means you have a good point to stop and the chapters are about as long as the reading books he is bringing home from school

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

He loved them and said he liked having proper stories to read.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes because the stories are good and my son really enjoyed reading them with me.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Yes I heard him telling his cousin about his new books and telling him the story of Cosmo and the Pirates (his favourite book of the 3)

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5 - We really enjoyed reading the books, they were plenty of brightly coloured pictures to keep my son interested and the chapters were just the right length.

LizzyLiz Fri 21-Oct-11 20:58:00

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Learning to Read. Sid's Nits, Dig, Sid, Dig, Tim's Din, Kit's Kip

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

DS doesn't have 'word' books from school yet. He usually has ORT books. ORT is new to him at the moment but to me these books seem fresh and a change to Biff, Chip etc but I'm not sure they 'read' as well.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

DS and his friend both enjoyed these books. They found them funny and quite exciting. They liked the pictures. DS can't read but has learnt the sounds in these books so was able to have a go at sounding out some words. His friend (also Foundation Stage) can read a bit and enjoyed reading these.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I didn't find the actual stories and words that easy to read out to him, they don't 'flow' well and can be a bit like a tongue-twister!. This is probably because the words used only contain a set group of letters so they a bit limited.

The text of 'Sid's Nits' is 'Sid's nits/Sam's nits/Nan's nit/It nips Nan./It dips./It is a mad din!' The punctuation doesn't seem right.

Children get the humour in them and find the pictures amusing too.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

DS loved them and laughed a lot.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes I would recommend them. Good practice with words using first phonic sounds learned. I don't think I'd recommend them over other early reading book schemes though.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Yes he would.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

3 out of 5.

Okay, sorry for the MASSIVE delay (bet I've missed the prize draw <grumble> grin)

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We got the "read at home" bug club for Year 2, six sets of four books.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
She has Read Write Inc sessions at school still, but is now taking free reading books home from the classroom shelf, so these are quite a bit more straightforward than what she usually chooses - but she still sometimes selects stuff that is straightforward like the Bug Club stuff, so...

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
...she LOVED this set of books. She whizzed through them, reading a set a night, in about 20 minutes per set, but then spending significantly longer discussing the books/trying out stuff/reading them to 4 year old brother, etc. Some weren't as popular as others, but all were greedily anticipated and she kept begging to open the next pack, so we had to ration her to one pack a day. I think she enjoyed these because she weren't too challenging in terms of sentence length/structure/vocabulary, so she could focus more on content and plot. I think her decoding ability sometimes outstrips her actual understanding.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Well, I love free stuff grin, but this was especially great because each pack contained such an interesting and stimulating MIX of books (she rarely gets non-fiction from her school, for example, and I don't think the Year 2 class possesses much - it's mostly in the library, from which Year 2 are not yet allowed to borrow). No set contained more than one book she wasn't keen on, I don't think. She really liked the Adventure Kids and Pirate and Potter Family books, as she loves series and has been rattling through Naughty Little Sister, Naughtiest Girl in the School and similar piffle, so I suppose she, like lots of kids I know, likes following characters. (She even liked Biff and Chip when school sent some of them home...)
I wasn't that keen on a couple of the books - I'm not keen on stuff linked in to stuff like Ben Ten, and Casper, because it feels like free advertising to me. The books themselves read rather clunkily too, I felt. Hypocritically, though, I thought it was really cool to have a book about being a Jedi. Harry Potter would've been ace too! Perhaps it's just that Ben Ten and Casper annoy me. I didn't like the way in which a mixture of real words (e.g. "experienced") and made up words ("Padawan Learner") were both bolded, mind you. I would have liked just useful REAL words to be highlighted.... but I am quite curmudgeonly.
I felt the books were just the right length for reading at home, as they are not so long that a child would feel over-faced. I really enjoyed reading the pirate books with dd and ds, and putting on a piratey voice badly. I was also surprised to enjoy the non-fiction selections - they were informative and had great photographs. There was a pleasing variety of countries represented in the “Festivals” book, and the map was a sensible, useful touch.
On the other hand, I found the two “Fang Family” books a bit weird for a six year old. Having to explain what a vampire was added to her confusion! The illustrations in the books were splendid, the jokes and word play clever, but the premise just annoyed me a bit – it seemed more suited to older children.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
I'll put her view of the first two packs, and add more if when I can get her to sit down with me and discuss them again.
ORANGE:
Chase in new York A (15): 'a bit short and babyish... it was fun'
Casper's Scare School B (16): 'medium' 'the pictures were funny'. It doesn't help that she isn't familiar with the characters, I think, and the language is a bit disjointed.
Flips & Spins A (15): 'I liked it when they showed you Katie learning how to jump and that boy learning on the rings. The pictures were good.'
Fun Festivals B (16): This was very popular with both the 6 year old and the 3 year old, 'especially the snow festival in Japan in the winter. I thought it was the best one.' Cue lots of googling pictures of Japan's snow roads, ice hotels in Scandinavia, etc. A very nice book indeed.
All scorned as a bit too easy, and rattled through the whole pack in 15 minutes, but then kept returning to the Fun Festivals. The pictures really intrigued her.

TURQUOISE
Cars, Cars, Cars A (17): 'really different!' She seemed very taken with the Lamborghini Murcielago 'it's amazing, mummy! Look at the doors!' Daddy will be proud.... She seemed to enjoy finding out about stuff I hadn't expected to interest her, like drive-in cinemas. It's normally her brother who's the car fanatic, so this was refreshing.
Run in the Rain Forest A (17): 'Good because they were in the rain forest, and they thought it was a jaguar, but it was a boy and a girl. And they joined in the festival. It was fun.'
Can You Do This? B (18) She tried some of these, and liked the 'flamingo', and didn't realise that eyes help you balance. We both tried the monkey and had quite a laugh. The foot and finger challenge was good for a giggle too.
Yun and the Ice Spirit B (18) 'The story and the pictures were good.'
Again, to my view rather easy, but in fact they really kept her attention, especially the two non-fiction choices.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes, I would. Looking on the website, they're very good value for money, and they are all good quality on nice paper, with a real range of subject and style. Good for girls and boys, I think, and seem built to last. I'm certainly saving them for ds to read when he's older, anyway.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Yes. She's been telling friends at school about how cool her mummy is for getting her loads of great books to read that are better than school's. <preen>

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
4.5. Just a few niggles about the branding (except for Star Wars, of course!) grin

MyLifeIsStillChaotic Tue 25-Oct-11 11:37:04

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

The Noisy Peekaboo books. They were 'reading' together (although I use the word 'reading' lightly as it's much more about pictures than words imo)

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books?Why/why not?

They aren't 'reading' books imo. They are 'look at pictures' books. I was very disappointed (again) actually with these. Not because of the content per se, but because my son is two months off starting pre-school and they are just not remotely challenging/stimulating for him. My 15 month old is more interested in them. My 2.10yo who is supposed to be reviewing them lost interest very quickly and like a previous poster said, just worked out that the biggest flap had the 'right answer' behind it so didn't bother opening the other flaps.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

For a baby/young toddler, great. For an almost 3yo, not very good

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

The evidence is in the fact he never picks them up. I wouldn't say he dislikes them, he just chooses other books over them.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes, to parents of younger children. Certainly not to parents of children ds1's age.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

N/A

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

It depends - I actually quite like the books and for my 15 month old ds2 I would have said 4 or 5 stars. But if it's desired audience is supposed to be ds1's age then 2. And it only gets 2 for being bold and bright with nice pictures.

I feel very ungrateful for being so negative about the books as they were free. But I want to be honest about the fact I think the 'audience' for these books is completely out. We got opposites and colours last time and this time too and thought the same of those books too. They're just too young for an almost three year old.

WibblyBibble Tue 25-Oct-11 17:00:24

Sorry, I think I am really late posting a review for the second pack. As has been noted, we also got a second lot of the first pack!

TBH my main impression was that it would have been better wrt developmental correlation to get the packs the other way round- daughter (now 22 months) has been appreciating the first pack books more as time went on, confirming my impression that she was a bit young for them when we first got them but now asks for them regularly. She's now got more delicate in her handling of books so can be trusted with non-board ones, too!

Anyway, she still likes this second pack, which contained the 'words' and 'numbers' ones. Positive things are: nice bright pictures, they are 'simple' enough for her to enjoy looking at independently too, she especially likes the numbers one as has started pretend-counting and also likes to identify the objects, they are also good for her specifically as she's 'bilingual' sort of (dad is French speaking as first language, though doesn't live with us has a lot of contact, so she speaks French about as much as English), so it's handy in that it's possible to 'name' the objects in either language whereas stories are harder to translate. Downsides are she now seems to want more narrative structure in books esp for bedtimes so they aren't great for that. I'd say she generally now prefers the first pack over this one, though actually that may be more down to familiarity.

Sorry I've not structured this properly as responses to the prompts/questions, am trying to write up thesis so doing very quickly!

UniS Wed 26-Oct-11 20:33:28

DH and Boy have now finished "woof" and are part way through "the 100 mile an hour dog" so time for an update.

Boy is 5, in year 1. he reads at yellow book band level, so these books were read to him.
Woof
I never thought boy would last through a 21 chapter book as a bedtime story on a chapter a night. but he did, and has been playing "being a boy who turned into a dog" from about half way through the book. This story read well, teh characters were well written and believable young boys in a believable setting. I think Boy is some years of reading this independently, I'd expect my 9 year old nephew to be capable of that.

100 mile an hour dog
This story has dated a bit, strangely. The references to mobile phones are totally unbelievable, even a 5 year old doesn't accept you can use a phone in that way. Jolly romping story tho. The language is simpler than woof and I can see that boy might able to read it independently somewhere in year 2 or 3 so its target age of 5-7 seems about right.

griffalo2 Wed 26-Oct-11 21:53:22

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Learning to read,blue pack

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
Ds brings home mostly ort but sometimes has other too,rigby star I think.These seem to be more entertaining than the schools books,ds concentrated on reading them more.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
Ds seemed to enjoy reading The cake sale goo and stop that noise,he has wanted to re read them several times with a giggle and smile.He wasnt much interested in reading The lego book,just kept asking if he could have the lego sets.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Overall it was good to see ds enjoy reading and eager to read more,hes been reluctant a little since starting year one.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
"i like them,they are funny"

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Definately not the lego book,i wouldnt put them through the agro of "please mummy,can I have..."
.although it maybe good to catch childs eye,if really reluctant reader.
Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Ds has already tried showing his friend,friend had quick flick through lego book and ran off to play something else.

Q8 books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
4

Ellie Thu 27-Oct-11 14:49:03

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We got Bug Club Red - Rat and Cat in The Hat Trick, Be A Pirate and Angelina's Birthday Bike

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
My twins have just started bringing home reading books that only have a few basic words in them. These books unfortunately were far too advanced for them at this stage.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
They enjoyed looking at the pictures and having the stories read to them but were frustrated that they couldn't sound out many of the words themselves.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
The books are beautifully illustrated and a real mix of themes/subjects but should be aimed at children a little older than four I think.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
They liked them but would have been happier with easier words they could read for themselves.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes, but only to a parent with older children.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
I think they would recommend them - Be A Pirate was a big hit!!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
I would rank the books as 3 star - lovely looking books but not pitched at the right age group.

FannyFifer Thu 27-Oct-11 22:10:30

Very sorry for delay have been moving house and misplaced the book pack.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Think the pack was learning to read. Flips and Spins, Adventure Kids Chase in New York, Casper’s Scare School and Fun Festivals.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
It's a bit more exciting than the school books, they use Storyworlds books at school.
Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
DS enjoyed the books, liked Casper the best.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
DS Enjoyed reading them, he enjoyed looking at them on his own which he doesn't often do as he regards books as "work" not fun.
Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He liked them much better than his school books.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes - I have loaned a couple of the books to one of DS friends.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Unfortunately not as he is not the most enthusiastic about books.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent.
4.5 out of 5

bringinghomethebaguette Fri 28-Oct-11 07:29:42

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We got a huge pack! Thank you very much! I am sure it must be a mistake I am sorry for the delay but I took all the books to my sister-in-law's, to give her the duplicates of the ones we had before, and accidentally left 2 sets of books there that we hadn't had before. Haven't been back since to get them so I am sorry this review is incomplete (she lives 3 hours away).

We got and have been able to read:
Foundation Stage ( Look Up, Look Down, Harry and the Dinosaurs Like..., Look at Lego City, Dig and Tip), Bug Club Red - Rat and Cat in The Hat Trick, Be A Pirate and Angelina's Birthday Bike

We got, haven't read yet, and I will retrieve at the end of next month from my SILs: No need to send me more (if there are any more coming, I can't remember), because I can review these ones next time:
Learning to Read. Sid's Nits, Dig, Sid, Dig, Tim's Din, Kit's Kip
Learning to read phonics Phase 2 Sets 4 and 5 – “Sid and Duck", Tut, Tut, Pup", "The Bop" and "Big Fat Rat".

We also got (duplicate of what we received last time) : BBC CBeebies Fun with Phonics series, Handwriting, Letters & Sounds and Reading. I gave these to my SIL for her 3.6 year old. She also has a just 2 year old with downs syndrome who is learning makaton and the phonics DVD went down very well with her.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
My 4.5 year old DD started school in September. The books I didn't leave at my SILs are a harder than what she is able to read at the moment and I had to read them to her. I am so silly for leaving the other two packs because they would have been just perfect. We read ORT at school, but I would be very interested to read the Tut Tut, Sid's Nit etc type of books because DD is only just starting to learn to blend (knows most of the individual phonics sounds I think) and I think these books looked (at a brief glance before I left them at SILs) really good for trying to do that. She has struggled with blending and all the words that she can read she seems to have memorised.
She is doing quite well on the basis of memorising words, but I'd like to work on the phonics because they push it so hard at school (although I learnt to read on memory I'm sure!)

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
DD1 did enjoy them but unfortunately the books I retained were too hard to read herself hard for her but too simple for her to really enjoy me reading them to her. I will try her again with them in a few months' time.
Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Looked great. I am sure if we work on the earlier books and move up she will enjoy them. The BBC phonics ones are really excellent. DD1 didn't enjoy them that much 6 months ago because she was a bit fed up with phonics and wouldn't take direction from us for handwriting and hadn't yet started reading herself, but now she is much more confident with reading, writing and phonics and the books /DVDs were perfect. Although her school teaches joined up handwriting so the handwriting book was not quite the same.
DD (4.6) and her two cousins (3.5, and just 2) were all engrossed for an afternoon with the BBC DVDs! DD2 (1.5) also quite liked them. As I mentioned above, it really was perfect for her cousins.
Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
New books mummy! WOW! Angelina Ballerina is my favourite.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes especially the BBC packs.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Yes, and DD1 enjoyed showing her cousins the books.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
4

EmmaandJacob Fri 28-Oct-11 09:19:10

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Reading together - Dr Miriam Stoppard Baby Senses and Baby Talking
Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
n/a
Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not
He loved them - especially the sticky bananas in the baby senses book - he would giggle away. He loved the stars and would try and sing twinkle twinkle little star
Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack? I think its great for ideas of how to help your child to speak and listen and learn about textures - the CDS are really helpful as well, the advice just really helps for ideas to encourage children to learn and speak, he has definetley picked up new words since using these. And often picks these books over others
Q5 And what is your child's review of the book ? He is only 22 months s
Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes, I lent them to my sister who has a 15 month old and her little girl loved them too
Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not? n/a
Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

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BigBadBear Fri 28-Oct-11 14:08:31

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We got Phonics Bug Pack 2 (Tut Tut Pup etc), which was a repeat of last time, Puffin Pack 3-5 (Charlie and Lola etc) and Read at Home Pink Pack (Look Up, Look Down etc)

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

No reading scheme at school, so N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Some were good, some less so. The Puffin pack went down well, particularly Bridget Fidget and Babysitter Bear. But the Read at Home pack was disappointing.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

The Puffin pack was great, but the others not so good.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

As above.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

The Puffin books, yes. The others, no.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

As above.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

Three?

Aimster Fri 28-Oct-11 21:18:37

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
- We received the BBC Phonics pack for learning to read.
Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
- DS's school uses Jolly Phonics. He's been bringing home picture books and received his first 'word' book before half term, but none of these were from the Jolly Phonics series (they were Collins I think). The BBC pack has been excellent because it reinforces the letter sounds they have been learning in reception. He has been bringing home letter sheets each week, which explain how to make the sound of the letter, which the DVDs back up.
Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
He liked watching the DVDs. He used to love watching 'Show Me Show Me' on CBeebies, so having Pui as a presenter was great. He asked me to 'go back' a few times as the DVDs are quite fast paced - I think they ideally need to spend a little more time on each letter (perhaps more examples of words containing the letter sound) to let it sink in.
Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I thought the pack was excellent. I particular liked the writing sheet. I struggle to get DS to practice any writing. He liked that the sheet was really big and he could spread it out across the table, especially compared to the cards and books that I've bought in the past.
Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He thought it was 'really good' (his words). I suspect this was because he got to watch DVDs!
Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I would recommend them. I've watched the Jolly Phonics DVD - the BBC set is better.
Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
I think he would, if he were old enough to recommend without prompting from me.
Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
5 star.

PS - thanks to Pearson for sorting out several deliveries of the books (got the first set delivered a few times!). They were really quick to send out replacement packs.

Sorry for very late response; we recieved our books only last week or so, and have now read them with DD twice.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

DD got the pre-school pack, which is is the "reading together" I assume. The pack had three lovely, good sized picture books with charlie and lola, babysitter bear, and Bridget Fidget.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

n/a

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

DD loved Bridget Fidget. I think she loved the story, as the illustrations are not brightly coloured, they have lots of detail and my DD enjoyed looking at them and expressing delight over the mess Bridget made. By coincidence, I read charlie and lola (the poorly one) to her when she wasnt well, which was perfect for the situation and I got afew smiles. She's picked it up herself after that to have a read, even though she doesnt enjoy watching charlie and lola on tv. I did not like babysitter bear - sorry pearson! And although I tried my best not to let my disinterest show in my reading, DD was not a fan either. The ryhme was forced, and its just another generic bear story, and theres tonnes of them around to be frank. I didnt understand the whole point of the book either, as the storyline is very weak. I will wait to see if this book grows on DD, but I doubt it. She has other bear books that have been given to her as gifts, and she doesnt give them the time of day. grin sorry.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Loved two (charlie and lola and especially bridget fidget), but not babysitter bear.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

as above

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Would reccomend the two we enjoyed

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

n/a
Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

3.5

hpsaucy Sun 30-Oct-11 13:49:34

Sorry for delay we took our books on holiday with us

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

We had the bug club gold set of books to read this time (plus a duplicate set of purple)

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

mainly ORT, plus others, and i would say they are of the same level.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

not really, boys books apparently

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I think they are good books

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

boys books

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes,

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not? she wants to give them to her friend (boy) as he would like them

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

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Eddas Sun 30-Oct-11 22:49:53

Sorry for the late reply. My ds is 4


Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

we read Phonics bug pack 2. learning to read

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

DS currently only has the Chip/Kipper books with no words, these are nothing like them though.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

DS enjoyed the books but isn't advanced enough to read them himself yet.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

The books are lovely and bright, colourful with gorgeous illustrations.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

He enjoyed them

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I would recommend them but to a more advanced reader than my ds is. I think they will be perfect for him in a few months time

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

He's too little

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

I would say 5 out of 5 I'll put them on the bookshelf for ds for when he's a bit more advance in his reading

gazzalw Wed 02-Nov-11 13:15:47

Mumsnet HQ, it seems like quite a long time since the thread for the second batch of books started. Realise that there have been delays around receipt of duplicate packs etc...but just wondering when you are likely do the next draw and when the DCs can expect the next books - if that doesn't sound overly-eager and pushy?

FannyFifer Wed 02-Nov-11 16:26:00

I've moved house grin
Do I need to give my new address to someone so I get the final pack??

Fillybuster Thu 03-Nov-11 13:55:34

DS has now completed the 2nd book in his pack (Last of the Polar Bears) and made a start on the 3rd (The Werepuppy).

I'm sorry for the delay between posting review 1 (Coldest Day at the Zoo) and this, but he is reading the books completely unsupported, in addition to daily reading homework from school, so I didn't feel it was fair to nag too much, especially when he had some other books he wanted to read at the same time....

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
As above - 3 books in the set - 'Coldest Day', 'Last of the Polar Bears' and 'Werepuppy'; he's reading them alone - as far as I can tell, they are neither 'learning to read' nor 'reading together' but proper books.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Very much; he has loved Last of the Polar Bears - in particular, he enjoyed the story structure (in letter form), the unconventional narrative style, the ink splodges and pen drawings and the humour. DS didn't initially understand the sad/bittersweet ending, but enjoyed discussing it with me.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Fantastic; none of these are books I would have bought for ds (I tend to go for 'classics' that I know) and they are a higher level than the school give him. I'm really impressed.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

He has loved them so far.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Definitely

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

He has already smile

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

Five.

Thanks again. Werepuppy review to follow shortly...

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 04-Nov-11 12:27:37

gazzalw - sorry - am just chasing a couple of MNers for their review but will do draw asap. Will find out about next lot of timing
FannyFifer - pls send to me.

ilovesprouts Fri 04-Nov-11 12:51:36

sorry for the late reply ds2 is 4

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

we read Phonics bug pack 2. learning to read

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school ,my child does not bring books home from school yet

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

he likes the book but cant really read well

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

he loves the bright pics in the books

Q5 And what is your child's review of the books
he likes looking at the books as he eyes light up and he smiles wen i read to him m
Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

yes i would wen ds is more confident

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
yes lovely bright pictures
Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

i would give these a 5* grin

anchovies Fri 04-Nov-11 13:11:48

So sorry for the late review...

1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
We got learning to read: Shaun the Sheep, The Dinosaur and Zip and Zap and The Thing.

2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
DS (5) uses ORT at school which he tolerates to put it mildly! Although he loved all the books they were a little too hard for him to read completely on his own yet.

3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
He absolutely loves them all, he actually wants to read them to me which makes a massive change from the books he brings home from school.

4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
I really liked the pack, it offers a great alternative to ORT and reading them with a child who was interested and enthusiastic was lovely. The books are really appealing and just don't look like "reading books."

5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
He is a big fan, if we don't receive more as part of the review panel I will definitely buy him some more.

6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Yes definitely. We found the books interesting and funny and DS wants to read them repeatedly.

7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
Yes if he could remember what they were!

8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent.
I would give them a 4 but only because they weren't quite at the right level for ds. In a couple of months they would be ideal. We are both really enjoying reviewing the books - thank you!

iloveblue Fri 04-Nov-11 22:30:23

Also, sorry for late review blush

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
Puffin Pack : The Were Puppy, The Coldest Day at the Zoo and The Last Polar bears

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
DS is in Y2 (age 7) is an avid, fluent reader and brings all sorts of books home from school now

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
He read The Were Puppy within the first few days of receiving the pack and really enjoyed it, however he was a bit disappointed with the other two titles and hasn't read them. They havn't appealed to him for some reason, and he reads anything and everything usually.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Lovely books that I would have loved to read when I was younger (and I think DS2 wil enjoy them in a year or so) - but only one of them has appealed to DS1.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
'The Were Puppy was great'

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
I'm not sure to be honest.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
He would definitely recommend The Were Puppy to his friends.

Q8 books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
I would give them a 4, but I think DS would give them a 3.

TheCountessRoyalofBlood Sat 05-Nov-11 21:34:48

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
BBC Phonics Pack,

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading
practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

She is just learning letters at Kingergarten and this has reinforced it, am so suprised she wants to watch the dvd's with the books more than Ben and Holly blush

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

I think to be fair she has enjoyed not just the reading however she has really enjoyed the whole interaction of the BBC Phonic's pack

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

Brilliant - I would highly recommend it!

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

Loves it, think my answer to question 2 says it all!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes and have done, have tried to find them for my sil, they just are brilliant with the whole package of book and dvd.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Probably not old enough but she would defintely sit down and watch the dvd with her friends!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
4*

My dd absolutely loves reading and being read too, however I don't know if it is just me but she has had very little of us being able to sit down together and read but more of learning which is great but seems to be very different from what other people seem to be getting smile.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 08-Nov-11 14:35:43

thanks for all the reviews folks...the winner of the £50 John Lewis voucher is grownupnow. Well done!

Fillybuster Wed 09-Nov-11 10:05:54

Thanks AnnMumsnet. Do you have any idea when (or indeed if) Pearson are sending more books?

DS has nearly reached the end of the final book in his set and has expressed concern that there's nothing left to read....hmm I did point out we have a house full of books, but he's got quite into the whole reviewing thing smile

Fillybuster Wed 16-Nov-11 13:37:09

Final review: DS finishes 'The Werepuppy' last night. He thought it was very good, and funny, but grumbled about there being too many empty pages at the end smile

Overall he thought Last of the Polar Bears was best, then The Werepuppy, with The Coldest Day at the Zoo third. But he loved all 3 books, and has now taken them into school to share with the rest of his Year 2 class.

gazzalw Wed 16-Nov-11 13:49:53

Hi Ann, any update on if/when we will get the next books - DD has now really gathered momentum with her reading and would love to capitalise on this new found enthusiasm!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 16-Nov-11 14:36:09

Ahh how lovely...will be one more round of this for this panel....not sure when but hopefully this side of Christmas.

gazzalw Wed 16-Nov-11 16:41:03

Thanks

GrownUpBelievesInSanta Thu 01-Dec-11 09:50:13

Thank you very much, I signed for a letter today and convinced myself it was some sort of bill. Opened it up and it was John Lewis vouchers, so not only is my little boy lucky enough to get these lovely books to read and review, we have a nice little treat just before Christmas. It couldn't have come on a better day and it's cheered me up immensely. Thank you Mumsnet and thank you Pearsons.

gazzalw Sat 03-Dec-11 08:52:15

Any news AnnMumsnet?

TheSecondComing Mon 05-Dec-11 15:03:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 05-Dec-11 19:11:19

TheSecondComing - I believe we have one more round for this group. If you've had a problem with what you've received please can you email mumsnetlearning@pearson.com with the details and they will sort? thanks.

WhatWouldLeoDo Fri 30-Dec-11 13:09:27

Any update on whether there will be a third round AnnMumsnet? After all the duplicates etc I'm hoping for third time lucky for age appropriate books for DS grin

MyLifeIsStillChaotic Sat 07-Jan-12 09:30:41

Yep, duplicated books here too - will be nice to review a new set!

gazzalw Fri 13-Jan-12 22:06:38

Hi AnnMumsnet, just asking the same question as WhatWouldLeoDo - DD has taken off with her reading since the last two books were sent out and would love to have the opportunity to do another review!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 19-Jan-12 09:39:34

Yes I think there will be....bear with!

Fillybuster Sun 22-Jan-12 16:43:39

AnnMumsnet - we're moving out of our house next week, then we have a few weeks of staying with family before we can move to our new home. How do I update Pearson with my new address details...and which address should I provide?!!! confused

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 22-Jan-12 22:46:42

Filly..pm me the family address please

Fillybuster Mon 23-Jan-12 10:58:33

Have done. thanks Ann smile

anchovies Wed 15-Feb-12 17:25:19

Just wondering if Pearson are still doing another round? Ds's reading has come on leaps and bounds and we are both hoping the last books are still planned!

gazzalw Sun 19-Feb-12 16:45:57

Yes, I would agree with anchovies...DD is now confidently reading independently and the same type of books she had last time would be about the right level for her to read with supervision now!

mummytime Wed 29-Feb-12 12:03:00

I just got a set of books through the post. They are far easier than the previous set, and frankly insulting to my 8 year old; even her dyslexic brother could have read them in year 1.
I have emailed Pearson.
I assume this is the second round?

Lexilicious Fri 02-Mar-12 12:40:20

Nah, mummy time, this is the third round. The second round was when we all got duplicates of the first round. I am not convinced this is the best organised product test that MN have ever run...

mummytime Fri 02-Mar-12 12:45:15

I got an email saying apparently they sent me the key stage1 set of that colour rather than the key stage 2. I obviously missed out on round 2.

gazzalw Mon 05-Mar-12 20:10:07

Has anyone else got any books - nothing here yet?

mumatron Mon 05-Mar-12 20:18:42

I had a set of books but i'm nnot sure if they are the right ones for this test (also doing the other pearsons one)

There was nothing on the pack to say what age they were aimed at. I'm going to assume they were for this test as ds says they are to easy for him.

ClaimedByMe Wed 07-Mar-12 13:29:11

I got an email last week about getting the next set of books to review but no books yet, anyone else?

meala Wed 07-Mar-12 16:13:14

no books here either

Fillybuster Fri 09-Mar-12 09:56:05

Nothing here...but then, it would depend on which address Pearson have used - if they sent them to my old address, they would have been forwarded; if they sent them to my new address, we would get them; if they sent them to my dps address then there will be a delivery note sitting there telling me to go and collect them, since they're away I can't stop by to check...!

DS is really looking forward to the next set of books, so fingers crossed they'll be fun smile

Lexilicious Fri 09-Mar-12 10:09:08

Nothing here either...

gazzalw Sun 11-Mar-12 14:14:14

Hi, just to let you know that I emailed AnnMumsnet, not thinking that she would be so efficient as to respond at the weekend! Anyway, she said:

" I believe the KS 1 books were a bit delayed but should be on their way asap"

So presumably the books will be winging their way to us soon....

gazzalw Sun 11-Mar-12 14:16:02

Sorry didn't phrase that very well blush Ann - you are always mega efficient! Just didn't expect you to be 'working' at the weekend but I guess at MumsnetHQ normal office hours might not apply?

Scaredycat3000 Mon 12-Mar-12 11:45:16

Just got mine though, touch and feel books for a 3 year old confused . He's sitting with them going 'look baby books!'.

Lexilicious Mon 12-Mar-12 13:55:09

Just received 'words' and 'numbers' in the dorling kindersley "my first..." series. I think they'll go down well with my 2y8m old.

sairygamp Mon 12-Mar-12 13:59:21

Apparently mine have arrived today - DFH called to say 'there's a parcel (grunt) what have been buying now?' 'hahahahaha

kennythekangaroo Mon 12-Mar-12 14:17:04

Mine arrived this morning - 4 phonic alphablocks books. Un fortunately DD's really done well learning to read so although she was delighted with them they're much to easy for her.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-Mar-12 19:10:11

I know what you meant gazzalw! I never clock off!

Any problems with book levels please do email mumsnetlearning@pearson.com and they will sort. They are in charge of allocating books to folks, thanks!

UniS Tue 13-Mar-12 21:03:51

Books arrived yesterday. 4 orange band readers.

MrsOlf Thu 15-Mar-12 09:58:54

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Learning to read books - 4 Alphablocks books phonics stage 3 set 6-9

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

Much easier than school books as DD1 is reading at level 10 now. But DD2 (age 3) was very interested in them and keen to find letters she knew.

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

DD1 had a quick flick through them but no interest as too easy.

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

The books are bright and engaging, just too young for DD1 (age 5.5)

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

Not interested as too easy but likes the Alphablocks characters in general.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

I would recommend them but for children beginning to read. We would have liked these with the first pack of books we received as they would have been the right level.

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Yes we would recommend but for younger/early readers.

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5 for the books but 1 for children whose reading is a bit further on.

BornToFolk Thu 15-Mar-12 10:12:12

We got the Alphablocks set too. DS is 4.5, not at school yet. He can recognise most letters and their sounds but is not putting them together yet.

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?

Learning to Read, Alphablocks.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?

n/a DS not at school yet.
Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?

Yes. He was immediately engaged as he recognised the characters from the TV programme. His focus was a lot better with this than the Phonics Bugs one but I'm not sure if this was due to the books themselves or just that he's a few months older

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?

I think they're great! Just the right level for DS as an very early reader. They are nice and simple and short, which I think is important as it holds his attention. I like the parents' notes, I found them helpful.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?

He liked them. He had a look through as soon as he found them and was keen to try reading them with me. He also wanted to watch Alphablocks after he'd read one and I noticed he was more engaged with that for example, making the sounds along with the characters which he'd not done before. I think the books compliment the TV programme well.

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?

Yes, for another child at the same level as DS.
Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?

Yes I'm sure he would

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent

5 - can't fault them really.

Fillybuster Thu 15-Mar-12 11:10:15

AnnMumsnet - my dps are back, and I've also checked with the people who have moved into our old house....No books have been delivered to any of the possible addresses!

Please would you let Pearson know? My ds is really looking forward to the next set of books! smile

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Mar-12 14:12:35

filly - can you PM me your new address so I can ensure I have the correct one and I will chase up for you...thanks!

Fillybuster Thu 15-Mar-12 14:55:13

Have done - thanks AnnMumsnet smile

Moodykat Fri 16-Mar-12 10:34:42

Q1 Which pack or books did you and your child review? Was the pack of books for "learning to read" or "reading together"?
This time we got first words and numbers books.

Q2 If a "learning to read" pack, how do the books compare with the reading practice books your child brings home from school? Which reading scheme does your child use at school?
N/A

Q3 Would you say your child enjoy reading or looking at the books? Why/why not?
He does like looking at them but he prefers story books now, not sure how useful they will be in teaching him to read as the pictures give the words away IYSWIM?

Q4 What's your overall review of the book pack?
Nice books, but I would never have paid £7.99 for the two.

Q5 And what is your child's review of the book pack?
I just asked him and he replied "Not great", I think that is because, as I said before, he does prefer stories now!

Q6 Would you recommend these books to another parent? Why/why not?
Not really, they are a bit boring!

Q7 Do you think your child would recommend these books to their friends (if they are old enough!)? Why/why not?
He's not really old enough!

Q8 What star rating would you give this pack of books overall? Please use a rating system out of 5 where 1 star is poor and 5 stars are excellent
Maybe 3 stars I think.