I've been very lucky this year to attend two fantastic courses. Today I am in Ho Chi Minh attending the Librarian's Knowledge Sharing Workshop at AIS. Being with so many fantastic librarians doing fun, interesting things is truly inspiring.
Two of my year 3 students made me this book; all about me and my favourite authors. I'd had a really crappy morning and honestly, I cried when they gave it to me. Best thing I've ever been given by a kid.
I'm back! Our school started back on the 10th of August and it's been go go go ever since. This year we are teaching 36 out of 40 periods and doing 10 break and lunch duties. It's full on but good. We made a lot of changes to the layout of the library before the summer and now we have a lovely reading area for our infant students and a better layout on the ground floor for juniors. We're got a classroom area for teaching library skills and for project work, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll have new computers and Chrome books in a few months. It's all very exciting. I'm exhausted and aching from all the reshelving of borrowed books from the summer, and my hand has repetitive strain from cataloging and processing all the new books. But give it a couple of weeks and muscle memory will kick in. It's good to be back. After two months of living in other people's houses and taking 4 long haul flights, I was ready to be home and to get back to work. While it may be crazy and wear me into the ground some days, I do love it. This year we've started a new program with our Reception classes. We are visiting them every Monday with a selection of books and I get to read them stories. It's lovely to be able to get out of the library and visit the classrooms. We may be rolling this out to Nursery as well which would be good. I ended the school year in June feeling tired but happy and I'm starting this year enthused and excited about what lies ahead.
As some of you will notice, I've made a few changes to the blog including title, web address and layout. Thought it was time for a change to reflect where I am now and how things are changing in my life and career. Hope you like it!
I had VERY high hopes for this book. My students adore David Walliams novels (Gangsta Granny, The Boy in the Dress ... ) so I thought I was on to a winner when I got this picture book. I really wish I'd read some of the other reviews before I purchased it as I probably would have steered clear.
The illustrations by Tony Ross are great, but what's that old saying? Don't judge a book by its cover. I should have paid more attention to that. The illustrations are really the only thing that holds this book together.
Two hippos dream of going to the moon. One hippo, Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III is rich, and builds his own Hippo Space Centre, while the other, Sheila, has to make do with building hers from whatever material she and her friends can find. They both blast off to the moon but Sheila hits an asteriod and comes crashing down hitting the surface of the moon just before Hercules can set foot on it. They then argue about who is the first hippo on the moon. Sheila trudges off upset, nicks Hercules's rocket (by accident apparently), and crashes it because she doesn't know how to fly it. She hits the earth and lays motionless until she farts loudly and wakes herself up. She then celebrates with her friends that SHE was the first hippo on the moon, and never mentions that actually Hercules got there first. Hercules is left on the moon with no way to get home.
I mean, what?! Seriously. So Sheila leaves him there and then lies about being the first hippo on the moon. I know not every story should have a moral or a specific point but seriously what kind of message does any of this send! I applaud Sheila's determination to make her dream happen but that's pretty much the only good thing about the story. The rest is just awful.
The two stars I give this book are for the illustrations alone. Without them it would be just completely awful.