The other month we were given a few of Orion Books latest offerings to review. H loves fiction and non-fiction in near equal measure, so it was nice to get a bit of both to try out.
This book is exactly what the title suggests. There are loads of facts and stories about the World Cup from the very first tournament right up to Brazil 2014. H isn’t really a football fan, but the information is presented in a fun way and it’s a good read. I learnt one or two things too. I wasn’t surprised that the story H liked best of all was my favourite too. When I was growing up we had a book of Giles cartoons from the year the world cup got stolen I think. What I remember most about it were various pictures relating to Pickles the Dog and how he found the missing Jules Rimet trophy. It’s a great story and one that is bound to appeal to kids. Even if your children aren’t football mad yet, they may well be by the end of the World Cup, so this is a nice book to have to hand.
Inspired by the author’s own experience of fostering rescue dogs, Going Home is a lovely story which follows the hopes and dreams of four dogs set in fictional dogs’ home, Happy Paws Rescue Centre. This story centres on the no-hopers: Ralph, Mitch, Bessie and Fred. Dogs rated as so difficult or troublesome they aren’t expected to find a new home. At first the dogs are safe because Happy Paws has a policy of never putting an unwanted pet down, but things change and this is the story of what happens next.
H knows an enormous amount about animals. I’m sure I didn’t know as much when I was his age or even much older. He’s grown up enjoying programmes like the Deadly 60 and Octonauts which feature a lot of information about animals. Having a look through I learnt something new on each and every page. I liked the fact that the animals weren’t all exotic ones and there were interesting facts about British seabirds like the puffin and the gannet too. An interesting book for a nature loving child.