Helping children to develop a love of reading is always a priority for teachers. This month we launch a new series of author studies that aims to provide rich insights into the worlds and work of some popular children’s authors. We are grateful to student contributors who have given permission for their work to be shared.
We continue with a study of Cressida Cowell, by Laura Clark, B.Ed student, Plymouth University, 2013.
Most cat owners will instantly recognise Puss Jekyll and her nocturnal counterpart, Cat Hyde. The cat on the cover of this elegantly presented volume, looks out, enigmatically: which one is she? And the self-contained feline on the title page suggests that like most cats, it is she, not any human, who decides who and what she shall be. She’s black and white, two aspects of the same cat personality: in the daytime ‘Sleek, sweet Pusskins, so meek and mild’ and then, after sun down, ‘War torn, love worn, battered and tattered … so wicked and wild’... Download the review below.
Sometimes the most useful way to improve our support of young readers is to share other people's thoughts and experiences. These case studies of children as readers aim to give you this opportunity and also to link the real life experiences with relevant and useful research.
This month, a case study of Sarah, an eleven year-old enthusiastic reader, by Megan Williams, PGCE student, Canterbury Christ Church University.