“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Lesley Sims, Louie Stowell / Hardcover / Reading Level: Ages 4-8 / 352 Pages / Book is published 2007-01 by Usborne Books „
This gorgeous 352 page, hardback book is a treasury filled with 17 fantastic stories aimed at 4-8 year old boys.
There are fairytales and original stories, featuring well-known classics such as "Treasure Island" and "Sindbad the Sailor" alongside brand new stories about robots, pirates, monsters and knights.
All the titles are packed with adventure and excitement and is sure to delight and entertain the kids, and as they are written so well and every page has beautiful illustrations, grown ups will love reading them too!
Apparantly "Usborne's Young Reading" series was developed in conjunction with experts from Roehampton University and is designed to encourage independent reading. I can see how as the text is clear and the stories are relatively short- perfect bedtime length! The quality of both the writing and pictures also captures the readers imagination and makes them want to read on- Surely this is the most important thing for early/new readers- to read for enjoyment.
Although the book is hardback, it has a padded cover which is really tactile. It is chunky and a good size for small hands (approx A5) although it is rather heavy for small children. The page binding is strong and well put together with a built in page marker.
My little boy got this as a gift for his 4th birthday, and we have read a story from it everyday since!!
The RRP is £12.99 but Amazon have it discounted at the moment for £8.43 including postage.
A really great buy-thoroughly recommended-great value for money!