by Young Corgi, 2005
Told from the point of view of a newly hatched head-louse this
unique story has enough humour and action to appeal to children
aged seven or eight.
The facts about head lice are very cleverly presented in an informative
way. The problem of bullying in the school yard is explored through
the character of Duncan who is not at all liked by the rather unusual
narrator, Jim. Duncan is just one of the many interesting characters
in the book.
Young readers get an added bonus of hearing about
the Classic story of Treasure Island as interpreted by Jim the
can’t wait to hear more and more of it from his sheltered
locations in Lizzy’s William’s or Gregory’s hair
in the classroom.
Young Corgi books are ideal for beginner readers.
Advertised as “books
to get your teeth into” they present the newly independent
reader with just the right amount of picture and text to encourage
continued reading. Seven short chapters in this story help them
feel a sense of achievement when they reach the end of each one,
helping them on their way to the end of the book.
Selected as the editor’s choice in this year’s children’s
book festival recommended reading guide in the age five to eight
category, Niteracy Hour is described as follows:
a great example of the quirky humour young readers enjoy and the
range of characters is very entertaining. Much of
the action takes place at school and this really does draw a reader
in. Highly recommended but perhaps not for the very squeamish though!” BOOKFEST
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