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*Please note that this is not intended to be used as a substitute for a full reading assessment. If you want in-depth information about your child’s reading skills and live in Leicestershire, you can commission an assessment session at The Reading Shop in Oadby, Leicester. Otherwise, the British Psychological Society maintains a national register of educational psychologists who are qualified to carry out suitable assessments.

Awful Auntie by David Walliams (review by a child who comes to our classes).

This book is about a little girl whose parents die in a car crash and she ends up living with her ‘Awful Auntie’. She tries to escape from her Aunt Alberta but instead she gets locked in a coal cellar. In my opinion this is a brilliant book and is very addictive. My favourite character is Wagner, Aunt Alberta’s pet owl. He understands every word Aunt Alberta says; even though he’s an owl. I feel sorry for Gibbon because he is deaf and blind and he mows the carpet instead of the lawn. I would recommend this book to children and adults because it is funny and moving. The characters are interesting and it makes you want to keep on reading.


Picture book and board book (authors)

Adamson, Jean and Gareth

Ahlberg, Janet and Allan

Andreae, Giles

Bond, Michael

Briggs, Raymond

Browne, Anthony

Browne, Eileen

Brownlow, Mike

Bruna, Dick

Campbell, Rod

Carle, Eric

Child, Lauren

Cousins, Lucy

Dodd, Lynley

Donaldson, Julia

Gravett, Emily

Hargreaves, Roger

Hill, Eric

Hughes, Shirley

Inkpen, Mick

Jeffers, Oliver

Kerr, Judith

Knudsen, Michelle

Lodge, Jo

Longstaff, Abie

McKee, David

Melling, David

Moses, Brian

Potter, Beatrix

Rosen, Michael

Sharratt, Nick

Seuss, Dr.

Thomas, Valerie

Waddell, Martin

Very Young Reader (authors)

Adams, Georgie

Brown, Jeff

Gardner, Sally

King-Smith, Dick

Kuenzler, Lou

Taylor-Smith, Claire

Murphy, Jill

Taylor-Smith, Claire

Pre Teens (authors)

Barrie, J.M.

Barlow, Steve

Blade, Adam

Blyton, Enid

Butchart, Pamela

Carroll, Lewis

Coats, Lucy

Collodi, Carlo

Cowell, Cressida

Crompton, Richmal

Dahl, Roald

Donnelly, Jennifer

Doyle, Roddy

Dickens, Charles

Feeney, Josephine

Freedman, Dan

Goodhart, Pippa

Hetzel, Katherine

Higgins, Chris

Hitchcock, Fleur

Kinney, Jeff

Lewis, C.S.

McDonald, Megan

Masson, Sophie

Milne, A.A.

Morpurgo, Michael

Pichon, L.

Priestley, Chris

Rai, Bali

Rowling, J.K.

Simon, Francesca

Stanton, Andy

Streatfeild, Noel

Walliams, David

Wilson, Jacqueline

Young Teens (authors)

Almond, David

Bawden, Nina

Blume, Judy

Burgess, Melvin

Cabot, Meg

Cassidy, Cathy

Colfer, Eoin

Collins, Suzanne

Gordon, Roderick

Grant, Michael

Horowitz, Anthony

Ho-Yen, Polly

Lord, Gabrielle

McKenzie, Sophie

McNish, Cliff

Mark, Jan

Ness, Patrick

Newbury, Linda

Pielichaty, Helena

Riordan, Rick

Roth, Veronica

Sanderson, Brandon

Saunders, Kate

Somper, Justin

Townsend, Sue

Runkie, Toni

Westall, Robert

Young Adults (authors)

Armstrong, Kelley

Bailey, Helen

Bhandal, Puneet

Brooks, Terry

Bryers, Paul

Meg, Cabot

Cottrell-Boyce, Frank

Dhami, Narinder

Dickinson, Matt

Gatward, David

Gibbons, Alan

Golding, William

Gray, Keith


Hornby, Nick

Kendall, Anna

Marzi, Christoph

Pullman, Philip

Rai, Bali

Russell, Willy

Shan, Darren

Shakespeare, William

Smith, L.J.

Steinbeck, John

Swindells, Robert

Tolkien, J.R.R.

Tunstall, Dan

Ward, Rachel

White, Deborah

Zusak, Markus

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