Wee Girl Reviews
Emmeline, aka ‘Wee Girl (2)’ is 6 years old and a tiny book blogger. She has been enjoying playing in the recent snow A LOT!
Emmeline is a reluctant reader, so I’m happy to partner with AuthorRight for ‘Wee Girl Reviews’. In this feature on the blog, we will read picture books together, so Emmeline can give her opinion on them. Today’s is The Dog Ate My Homework by Aaron James.
About The Book
The Dog Ate My Homework by Aaron James is a collection of short poems that will capture your imagination. Filled with fun stories that make you think, laugh and tell your friends. Do you remember your first day at school? Or when you tried to convince your teacher you actually done your homework? Or the excitement you felt when you bought your new pair of trainers? In The Dog Ate My Homework you will get a chance to read all these stories and many more! BUY IT HERE.
This time, Emmeline wanted to do a video review. Here is what she thought of The Dog Ate My Homework by Aaron James. Enjoy!
I really like the idea of poems for kids. I loved Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as a child myself, plus I used to be an English teacher, so welcome any opportunity to get kids interested in poetry. The scenarios James picks, such as homework, new shoes and first day of school, were particularly relevant to children and Emmeline told me she liked these poems the best.
I thought some of the metering and rhymes was a little ‘off’, but this not bother Emmeline one bit. I thought the illustrations and colours picked were really good. I also REALLY liked the fact the narrator child going to school was black. Readers need and want more diverse characters in their books, plus children growing up today are living in an increasingly diverse society. In fact, whilst we were reading, Emmeline said the boy in the picture looked like a friend of hers from school. Result!
In short, I enjoyed this book and so did Emmeline. She was able to read from it, sounding out words with relative ease. We will definitely look out for more kids’ poetry books from Aaron James.
The Dog Ate My Homework is a cute and eye-catching book, carrying relevant scenarios and messages in the poems for kids. Recommended.
About The Author
Born and raised in Tottenham, North London and today living in Bromley, South London with his wife, Aaron James works as a poet and spoken word artist. The Dog Ate My Homework is his first children’s poetry book.
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