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Christ Church Critics
Ramsgate, Kent
Group status: Starting to read and review the wonderful selection of books for the Kate Greenaway and some of the Carnegie award books.



We are a group of Yr 5 and Yr 6 pupils reviewing books together with three members of staff.

Mrs Britnell

Julian is a Mermaid by Sadie
Julian is a Mermaid is a colourful book full of pictures that represent fun and life. The writing and the pictures go together like husband and wife. . . .
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The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Albie
The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse is full of cute characters and beautiful settings (including the wolf's stomach!) The clever layering effect works w . . .
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Ocean Meets Sky by Maya
For a start, even if it's the Kate Greenway, the book is amazing. Right, now to the point, the art. Pencil in a book based on water, risk. I'm not sur . . .
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Julian is a Mermaid by Finley
It was rich with the colours, itís like a rainbow is bursting out of the pages. I love the turquoise for the mermaids dress. . . .
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You're Safe With Me by Maggie
The rich illustrations dominate this book. People may think the illustrations are distracting but actually they are just aimed at younger readers. You . . .
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Julian is a Mermaid by Samuel
Julian is a Mermaid (or a human) is quite the book for cold weather as it heated me up a lot during the cold rain. Nana's body shape changed a lot i . . .
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Beyond the Fence by Mr G
Really enjoyed the landscapes in this book, the sense of light when piggy is outside contrasted well with the oppressive feeling poor piggy had indoor . . .
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The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mr G
First off, this book was hilarious! Absolutely loved it! My new favourite maybe? I seem to say that every week. So brilliant story and the dialogue wa . . .
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Suffragette: The Battle for Equality by Samuel
I thought the illustrations were quite offensive as some people had ears on their neck and some necks were like giraffe necks and these are supposed t . . .
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You're Safe With Me by Samuel
You're Safe With Me is a book with very geometric illustrations. Personally I didn't enjoy the book. I couldn't identify what was what and where it wa . . .
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Ocean Meets Sky by Maggie
'Ocean Meets Sky' is a book full of imaginative images. The illustrator has basically drawn his dreams, which are beautiful, exciting and colourful. I . . .
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Julian is a Mermaid by Mrs M
With so many weighty childrenís books on the list this year, this one floats to the top for delivering a wholly positive story with as few words as po . . .
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Julian is a Mermaid by Maya
Julian is a Mermaid interested me right from the cover to the blurb. To start off, what interested me is how they said mermaid instead of merman, it . . .
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The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Maya
The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse may seem like a calm peaceful book. Errr... THINK AGAIN!!!!!! The story line makes me laugh so bad that I had to . . .
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The Day War Came by Finley
I do not like the colours because there practically is none. I wish they use more colours as itís quite dull and grey. . . .
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The Lost Words by Albie
The Lost Words is bursting with beautiful pictures and artwork. The water colour paint is sweet and and fits the calm and simple book. All of the p . . .
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Suffragette: The Battle for Equality by Mrs M
I want to love this book for everything it is meant to stand for but some aspect of it irks me so bear with me as I try to chase down what exactly tha . . .
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The Day War Came by Maggie
I loved the illustrations in this book simply because of the beautiful pencil looking drawings that really showed how hard the war was from the small . . .
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Ocean Meets Sky by Mrs M
I love that this book is a collaboration between two brothers Ė their fourth collaboration to be exact. When siblings collaborate on projects, those p . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Gabriel
I really enjoyed the hilarious inventions and adverts from Smockeroon which put a lighter spin on the sad topic covered in the book. I greatly appreci . . .
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The Lost Words by Maya
I am starting this review with a 3 lettered word: WOW! When I realized all of these words were slowly being forgotten I was amazed, so I give credits . . .
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The Day War Came by Albie
The Day War Came contains amazing artwork. The rough sketchy style of almost crayon like art reflects the story. The art is not just decorative but ex . . .
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Beyond the Fence by Maggie
I feel like the colours of the watercolour illustrations really show the emotions of the pig. The way she really captures the personal traits of each . . .
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You're Safe With Me by Mr G
Overall I didn't enjoy this book. The style of artwork didn't hook me in a way that others have. The intricate patterns and earthy tones reminded me o . . .
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The Lost Words by Mr G
A joy to look at and read. Wonderful to read aloud with my young son. The artwork is beautiful and detailed. It dovetails wonderfully with the words t . . .
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Ocean Meets Sky by Finley
It was a beautiful book. I love the animals, like the birds, aquatic creatures and the cyclops. I love the ocean and the moon, it was like they took p . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Mck
At first I did not like this book at all. I thought it was a ridiculous idea to have a house with chicken legs and people guiding the dead seemed very . . .
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Beyond the Fence by
The art in Beyond the Fence is unique and distinct. The colours are bright and compliment the story. The drawings are beautiful, really quite cute. . . .
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The Lost Words by Maggie
The detail in these pictures is out of this world! I donít know about anyone else but these words have definitely come back to me after reading this b . . .
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Suffragette: The Battle for Equality by Maya
This book is, mark my words, AMAZING! The art is astonishing even when you just look at the cover and links perfectly with the story of the suffragett . . .
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The Day War Came by Mrs M
I am glad I had the good sense to read this book with a nine year-old. Three pages into it, I was too tearful to read aloud and needed my companion to . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Polly
Marinka dreams of a normal life; to wake up at the same place every day and know that she could enjoy it with friends and have fun with no worries tro . . .
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The Lost Words by River
The Lost Words has really... well... made me lost for words! The pictures are much more than a joy or enticing they are incredible. This fabulous spel . . .
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The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Samuel
The Wolf the Duck and the Mouse should be known as the sad the sadder and the saddest. The layout of the book is brilliant and the illustrations are t . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Finley
The Land of Neverendings is an emotional tale of two sisters not wishing to part. When Holly was still alive, they would tell each other stories of a . . .
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Ocean Meets Sky by Mr G
A visually stunning book. The colour scheme is beautifully sepia tinted and makes the (older) reader nostalgic. The book takes on a dream like narrati . . .
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Beyond the Fence by Mrs M
This book is quietly revolutionary. It begins, unsettlingly, with a young boy who takes the lead in all the play with his companion Ė a little pig. Th . . .
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You're Safe With Me by Finley
This book was full of colours, itís like they stuffed a rainbow in a book! I really like this book because of the colours but I don't think it can co . . .
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The Lost Words by Sadie
In The Lost Words every picture has every detail, every colour mixed and blended to perfection. If you add that to the smooth bendy pages it makes the . . .
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The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by River
Ever since I picked up the book I was in love with the pictures. Although they were a bit weird they were just right for the book! Each feature was da . . .
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Suffragette: The Battle for Equality by Maggie
I thought the illustrations in this book were beautiful and would appeal to adults and children. As I was reading my eyes were just drawn back to the . . .
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The Lost Words by Samuel
The Lost Words made me speechless or I could say I'm lost for words. There is an explosion of colour on every page I see. Itís a spell book about lo . . .
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Julian is a Mermaid by Albie
The use of pastel and muted colours compliment the bright and colourful story. Every page is filled with a picture that is appropriate to the story. T . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Anya
The Land of Neverendings, is a highly imaginative book. The author describes and introduces the characters in their own individual ways and gives them . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Gabriel
I found this book a bit too sad in some places although I liked how it ended on a compromise. The descriptions were easy to visualise, which made a bi . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Mck
I love the way that this book tackles the difficult theme of the death of a much loved sister in an imaginative and thought- provoking way. Some child . . .
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The Day War Came by Maya
The Day War Came is a book about a girl who had to battle against war. The artists style is child -like, as if the girl is drawing the book, it exp . . .
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The Lost Words by Mrs M
The Lost Words had me intrigued from the moment I held this over-sized book my hands. Lost words?! Are there words as well as animals that are near e . . .
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Julian is a Mermaid by Mr G
What a stunning book! It's a day since I've read it and I can still see the images in my mind's eye. They are vivid and lush reminding me of a classic . . .
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Suffragette: The Battle for Equality by River
The cover was beautiful the things. I have to add that was odd was under the heading 'A Man's World' there was a picture of a woman when it didn't t . . .
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Ocean Meets Sky by Albie
I really love the illustrations in this book because of the clever and unique style used. As well as enhancing the story the art gives a unique insig . . .
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The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Maggie
The illustrations in this book are spectacular, the way they link with the story makes them even better. If I were a child reading this book I would s . . .
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The Lost Words by Finley
The Lost Words was absolutely fantastic it was exploding with colours and drawings. I have to say this is the best picture book in the World. It had . . .
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The Day War Came by Samuel
The Day War Came is a book with very interesting illustrations. The chalk sort of affect is very spectacular and the smoke and clouds are really effec . . .
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You're Safe With Me by Sadie
You're Safe With Me was mind blowing. Although some pages distracted me from the words because of the bright colours it was still amazing. Some il . . .
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Beyond the Fence by Maya
Beyond the Fence is a nice subtle watercolour book of a pig, wild hog and a fence. I feel the artist has really captured how they thought about pigís . . .
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Which Kate Greenaway book is the best?

The Day War Came
Ocean Meets Sky
Beyond the Fence
The Wolf, the Duck and tthe Mouse
Julian Is A Mermaid
You're Safe With Me
The Lost Words
Suffragette:
 
Title: This Is Not My Hat
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Winning Year: 2014

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper, which happens to fit him perfectly, trouble could be following close behind. So it's a good thing that enormous fish won't wake up. And even if he does, it's not like he'll ever know what happ
 

 
 

Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris grew up in the Vale of Evesham and studied at Hereford College of Arts and at Bath Academy. She has illustrated for the New Statesman, Independent and Guardian, has collaborated with Ted Hughes, and . .