As book reviews go, I’m bringing you* one with a difference today. This is less about an individual book, and more about instilling a love for all things literary in young readers.
From the back cover:
Packed with awesome activities, this journal has everything a book dragon needs!
- Tackle the fun reading challenges
- Set up a book club with your friends
- Host award ceremonies and parties
- Make up games and quizzes based on your favourite books
Plus space for book reviews, reading lists and so much more.
What did I think?
I love literature of all kinds. I always have. When I was too young to read I can recall looking at the illustrations in books and making up my own stories. When I was able to read I devoured books late into the night, often under the duvet by torchlight. That was when I began to write too. So The Book Dragon Club is absolutely up my street, and I’ll start by wholeheartedly recommending it to anyone with young to teenage readers. I think that it neatly covers a wide age range by offering suggestions but not making the discussion areas too narrow or prescribed.
The Book Dragon Club is more of a journal to keep track of great reads, books to be read and all things book related, than something that needs to be read cover to cover or completed in order. The first thing that I noticed about this book is that it is split into handy sections making it very easy to dip into. I think that this works well to retain interest. The main sections are as follows:
- Awesome Book Challenges
- Top Secret Book Club
- Cool Stuff To Do
- Best Ever Book Lists
- My Book Reviews
Each section is further broken down with fun activities, areas to make notes, create reviews, character profiles, illustrations and more. There are bookmark templates to colour and cut out, Top Trumps style cards to create and games to play.
My nine year old immediately took charge in creating his book club with his brothers, and they decided to start with the Book vs Movie battles. He said that this is a very popular topic of conversation with his friends and was delighted to see it included .
Other aspects of this book that he really liked were the idea that the Book Club was ‘Top Secret’ and for him and his brothers (and potentially friends) to enjoy, without parents poking our noses in (!), and that he could dip in and out of it. He loved the challenges and, whilst he reads widely across all genres, he thought the idea of a passport challenge (reading books based on a country of his choice) was really good and something that he put his mind to pretty quickly.
As a parent the only thing missing for me was perhaps the offer of a suggested list of books to read which could have been included somewhere. I understand that it most likely wasn’t included so that children can research and create their own, but sometimes even loose suggestions of great books to read can go down well. That is just my opinion though, and the lack of any suggestions does mean that this book is entirely open ended. This has many benefits such as encouraging independent research and thought about what might be next on the ‘to be read’ list (referred to here as the ‘Picky Pile’).
I would recommend this to any parents who have keen bookworms, or as it is so nicely presented it would be ideal to give as a gift as well.
Where can you buy a copy?
About the author:
Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south. She writes action-packed adventures brim full of witch-doctors, fortune-tellers, warriors and smugglers, combining elemental magic with hints of dystopia. She also writes fun activity books for children.
Her fantasy adventure, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids. The sequel, Wild Sky, is available now.
She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her Creative Writing Skills workbook, she has an active programme of school visits and other events, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.
In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.
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*N.B. I was gifted a copy of The Book Dragon Club for the purposes of this review. Thank you to Lexi Rees for our copy and to Rachel’s Random Resources for organising the tour. All thoughts are my own (with some help from my son!). For more information, please take a look at my disclosure page.