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CKG Shadowing at Millbrook Primary, Newport
Year 6 Millbrook School were very excited to be chosen as judges! Overall favourite was "A monster Calls" . Harry, Aston and Lauren felt that the pictures were very dark but intricate and sinister. Molly loved "Wolf won't Bite" because of the way that the words were part of the picture. Stephanie and Seren liked Puffin Peter because of how the lovely bright colours fitted the text. Shannon and Michael loved "Slog's dad" and thought it looked like a comic strip. Chloe and Daniel liked "Solomon Crocodile" and thought that the illustrations looked like splattered paint. Paige and Catrina thought that "The Gift" made brilliant use of colour and silhouettes. Thomas and Ashley felt part of the story in "There are no cats in this book!" and felt that the use of pop ups added to the story. Ryan and Bethan's favourite was "Can we save the tiger?" and thought the occasional use of colour was effective against the black and white drawings. But "A MonsterCalls " was the favourite of all and was so popular that the class is going to study it. Everyone loved doing the judging and can't wait to see the winner!
Posted on: 24 May 2012

CKG Shadowing at Malpas Court Primary, Newport
Such enthusiam from Year 6 book judges!! Our overall favourite was "Can we Save a Tiger?" Vicky and Christy loved it because of the detailed and lovely drawings. Megan and Jacques liked "A Monster Calls" because of the dark and spooky pictures. Caitlin, Lydia, Olivia and Daniel liked "Slog's Dad" and thought the pictures made it look like a comic book. Alysha, Lydia and Samantha liked Solomon Crocodile as the pictures were simple and effective. Otis liked "Wolf won't bite" because of the wolf trying to bite the naughty pigs at the end! Verity liked the colours in "Puffin Peter" and how they fit in with the story. Jordan liked "The Gift" because the pictures fitted the story and each page was just one colour. Overall comments were that the children loved doing the shadowing and are looking forward to seeing if their favourite wins!
Posted on: 24 May 2012

CKG Shadowing at Clytha Primary
The first CKG shadowing session was at Clytha Primary. The children were all enthusiastic about reading and enjoyed the session. The children particularly enjoyed looking at the books in detail and all contributed to the session with some excellent comments on the writing style and illustrations. The unanimous winner, which was decided by the children, was 'There are no Cats in This Book' by Vivianne Schwartz. The children loved the fun element of the book and the interaction through the different elements of the book, from the cats jumping out of the book, to the note left at the end. Will the judges agree with the children? We all look forward to finding out.
Posted on: 18 May 2012

First CKG Shadowing at Eveswell Primary (3/5/12)
Although I myself was nervous not knowing what to expect, the kids really enjoyed it and so did I. The children were really enthusiastic about the characters in the books and guessing how they were feeling. When it came to voting it was all done through secret ballot (as it was local election day) and our winner was There are no cats in this book by Vivianne Schwartz. The children loved the idea that the cats were trying to escape from the book - especially the pop up when they jumped out and the little note. Who's going to win? Can't wait to find out who the judges pick.
Posted on: 10 May 2012

Young Reporters Blog 10/5/12 by Emily
Wolf Won't Bite - Emily Gravett Emily uses a lot of Red. She uses good sense in text and how to set the story out. She writes short sentences, but uses good pictures so you can use your imagination Solomon Crocodile - Catherine Rayner In this book Catherine uses more drawings than writing and she uses more detail. It looks like Catherine takes time and concentrates on what she does. Slog's Dad - Illustrated by Dave McKean There are more photograph pictures than drawings. There is not much text in this book but it looks good with a lot of pictures Puffin Peter - Petr Horacek The illustration looks like it's been used with crayons or chalk. It uses some comic strips (split pages). She uses a lot of details Our winner is Wolf won't bite by Emily Gravett
Posted on: 10 May 2012

Second CKG shadowing at Eveswell Primary
Today went really well. This class were just as enthusiastic as the one last week and really enjoyed guessing what the character were like and and how the stories would turn out. This week we managed to look at some of the longer stories such as Slog's Dad by David Almond and Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and the children really enjoyed looking at the different styles of illustrations used in these books. Although all the books received votes at the end of the session ( Puffin Peter and Slog's Dad were head to head) our winner today was Wolf won't bite by Emily Gravett with an overwhelming majority of 12 votes!!!
Posted on: 10 May 2012

Posted on: 10 May 2012

The list is out!
Really excited as Petr Horaeck visited Newport at our Big Read fetival in October half-term last year. Could he be the winner?
Posted on: 04 Apr 2012

Todays' the day
Only an hour to go. Who will win?
Posted on: 24 Jun 2010

Dunderheads a winner
Dunderheads was a clear winner at one school
Posted on: 24 Jun 2010

A clear winner?
Leon Good pictures and lovely descriptions. Lots of imagination. A really cool book. Mostly about magic. Lots of darkness. Not much light. There are cats in this book. It’s good and funny. And I love the flaps. I think it’s a really good book for little kids to read. Milly’s Marvellous Hat Lots of hats in the pictures. It’s a really good imagination book. Beautiful illustrations. Harry and Hopper Nice colours. Good shading. A little sad for little kids. It gets better at the end and gives a happy ending. Paper Caper Really good and non complicated pictures. A bit of a investigation story. It’s imaginative and about animals. A really brilliant story. Graveyard Book Not so many illustrations and not colourful enough really. It is a book normally for older kids. Crazy Hair A good poem book and really good pictures. They go with the story and it’s really funny. It describes the book with lots of beautiful pictures within the pages. Dunderheads Again very uncomplicated pictures. Very cool. A good book to teach little kids how to be a team. We awarded points to each book. We had 2 winners. Harry and Hopper and Crazy hair. They had 10 points each. None of the other books had so many votes. So we voted again. This time we had a clear winner. Crazy Hair had 25 votes. It was our favourite. We liked the rhyme and the way the pictures went with the rhyme.
Posted on: 18 Jun 2010

Whose going to win?
At the mo we have Dunderheads in the lead but There are Cats in this Book is starting to catch up.
Posted on: 18 Jun 2010

What Chelsea aged 11 and Chloe aged 11 thought
Leon and the Place between The pictures were really tremendous, but not that interesting. The word’s weren’t clear. 7/10 Crazy Hair I really thought this book was funny but the pictures were rubbish. Not like the story. 2/10 Graveyard book I love the pictures. It caught my mind straight away. 11/10 There are cats in this book The pictures are really clever with all the flaps. I love this book. 12/10 Harry and Hopper The pictures are really described and you can tell what they are. 9/10 Great paper Caper This book is child friendly and little people will be able to see what’s going on. 5/10 Millie’s Marvellous hat I loved the picture of the peacock hat. Very clever. 7/10 The Dunderheads Started off funny but went on too long and stopped being funny. 5/10 Our favourite was “There are cats in this book”. Second was Harry and Hopper. We all enjoyed the session very much.
Posted on: 18 Jun 2010

And there is more!
The boys hated Crazy hair but some of the girls loved it and kept stroking the book!
Posted on: 18 Jun 2010

What did they think?
It was good, but I was quite taken with Millie's marvellous hat. Sweet. The cats book is lovely too. There were a lot of boys in the class, and they were intrigued by the bike with 48 gears. The girls thought that the teacher was just like Miss Trenchpole from Matilda. They do have a point there!
Posted on: 18 Jun 2010