The Little Joule Book Club: May

Last month we launched the Little Joule Book Club, designed to encourage little ones to pick up a book (rather than the remote) and dive into a world of imagination. The story continues below…

WE’RE READING: There’s A Dragon In Your Book, by Tom Fletcher

Did you know that children who are more engaged with reading are three times more likely to have higher levels of mental wellbeing than children who don’t, according to the National Literacy Trust?

That’s why our goal is to encourage children from kingdoms far and wide to jump into the pages of whatever sparks their imagination. Fiction or non-fiction, fairy tale or comedy, there are no rules here.

Every month, we’re taking five minutes to catch up with a grown up and a little one to find out what they’ve been reading, and what their verdict is.

In April, Dimple and her daughter Amber told us all about Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.

This month, we caught up with Natasha Taggar, Email Marketing Assistant at Joules, and her nephew, Noah, aged 3. They read There’s a Dragon in Your Book, by Tom Fletcher.

Hi Natasha! Do you regularly read with your nephew?

“I visit my nephew once a week and we always read. He loves books and reads every night before bed with his mum and dad too, I think it’s the highlight of his evening.”

Is Noah a confident reader?

“He’s just starting to learn how to read and he loves being able to point out words on the page and recognise what they mean. Story time is always his favourite, he will happily pick up a book to sit down and read.”

What are his favourite books to read?

“His favourite books to read at the moment are the Mr Men collection and of course anything that is fun and full of dinosaurs or dragons.”

What did you think of this book?

“I thought this book was a brilliant way to get your child interacting and using their imagination. There are many times in the book where you get involved and really get invested into the story.”

Would you recommend this book?

“Absolutely, the brilliant and fun illustrations made it very easy and interesting for Noah to follow the story. This book is a great way of using actions and sentences together to help develop children’s reading skills. I would definitely recommend this book, it is a great addition to any children’s book collection.”

NATASHA’S RATING (out of 5):

Hello Noah! First things first, can you name three of your favourite things?

“I love seeing all my friends at nursery, doing painting and arts and crafts, and going on adventures to different parks where I can ride my bike.”

What is the book ‘There’s a Dragon in Your Book’ about?

“It’s about a baby dragon who hatches out of his egg, but the dragon sneezes and accidentally sets pages of the book on fire! So you have to rescue the dragon and the book from burning by using our imagination to put out the fire.”

How long did it take you to read this book? When did you find time?

“Me and Auntie Tash sat down after nursery to read my new book, it took only 20 minutes but we decided to read it twice because it was so great!”

What did you like about this book?

“My favourite part of this book was trying to put out the imaginary fire in the book, I had to quickly put out all the flames before they spread! I loved when we had to flap the book and pretend like we were dragons flying around, it was so much fun.”

What didn’t you like about this book?

“There was nothing I didn’t like about this book, I can’t wait to read it again at bedtime!”

Which characters would you like to meet in real life?

“I want to meet the dragon in the book, he seems really nice and I want to see him get really big. Then we can go on a dragon hunt and meet all the baby dragons that were born and finish by having a big party with my mummy, daddy and Auntie Tash.”

What is one thing you could ask the authors if you could talk to them?

“Is there going to be another book with all the baby dragons that were at the end?”

Would you recommend this book to others?

“Yes, it was so much fun! I would recommend this book to my best friend James and my daddy.”

NOAH’S RATING (out of 5):

Thanks guys, this book sounds very exciting for little ones! If you want to give it a read, get your copy here. Don’t forget to let us know what you think.

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