Saturday, 26 November 2016

Friday, 25 November 2016

An Activity Inspired by Poppy's Book Lover's Brownie Badge

Egham Library Chatterbooks enjoys hearing about the activities their Chatterbooks friends take part inside and outside school. Poppy said that she was having fun working towards her 'Booklovers Brownie Badge'. Her Chatterbooks friends were excited when they joined Poppy on a five-minutes quest around Egham Library to investigate and record all the things we can do in the library. One Chatterbooks member rightly said, "there is so much to do in the library"! Here are the results of the investigation:

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Top ratings for David Walliams' ‘The Boy in the Dress’ from Egham Library Chatterbooks

The Egham Library Chatterbooks Group met on Tuesday 22 November to discuss David Walliams' book, 'The Boy in the Dress'. The group made some intelligent and perceptive observations about the book. Yes, it was funny but there was an underlying sadness to it as well. The group recognised that Denis had a difficult relationship with his family, especially his father, and the children were able to identify the causes of those tensions. The group also discussed the racial and identity prejudices in the book and recognised the importance of being yourself and for others to accept individuality - it doesn't matter if you're a boy and want to dress up in a dress! The group's thoughts about the book were intelligent and funny. They also had a great time during the activity. Here are their fabulous imaginative and creative displays inspired by David Walliams', The Boy in the Dress'.

The above is by Poppy

The above is by Libby

Average ratings for Graphic by Cathy Brett’s ‘Dyslexia Friendly’ book for Young Adults


Joe is fantastic at Art. He draws all the time, even when he should be doing schoolwork. The real fun begins when what he draws starts to happen in real life. Now he can have whatever he wants by putting pencil to paper!

Money, cool cars, the prettiest girl in his year...

But then Joe's drawings come to life in scary ways he never planned.

The Avengers Teen Reading Group came together at Egham Library on 15th November to discuss ‘Graphic’ by Cathy Brett, a ‘dyslexia friendly’ book. All the group members, with the exception of Grace, said the book was average. So what let it down? The story was clever but it came to an abrupt end. The group wanted to know more about the characters outside school. They felt they needed to understand Joe’s obsession with drawing. They also felt that Joe’s and Honey’s relationship develops in a very superficial way. Grace disliked the book because the story and the writing was too simplistic.

However, the group enjoyed the activity inspired by Cathy Brett’s book, ‘Graphic’, which involved cutting out images and words that attracted their attention from magazines. They then filled an A3 sheet with the imagery and words to create a collage that reflected their thoughts and feelings. When their collages were finished the group were invited to identify themes and visual stories. Looking at these collages, what do you think each member of the group was thinking at the time?