CHIL­DREN’S BOOKS OF THE WEEK

Llanelli Star - - FAMILY MATTERS -

AIR­PORT by Jonny Marx, Lit­tle Tiger, £11.99

THIS colour­ful, chunky book tells lit­tle ones all they need to know about the place where hol­i­days start... the air­port.

The fun guide is packed with il­lus­tra­tions by Cinta Vil­lalo­bos and ev­ery page fea­tures plenty of flaps to lift and facts to read.

There’s a paper plane to look for on each page too as you fol­low a jet-set­ting fam­ily on their jour­ney from the check-in through to the ar­rival gate (fea­tur­ing plenty more things to spot).

A trip on a plane can be quite daunt­ing, but reading this book should go a long way to re­as­sure first-time fly­ers as they learn about what to ex­pect on their jour­ney.

THE PANINIS OF POM­PEII by Andy Stan­ton, Eg­mont, £6.99

WHILE this story and Andy Stan­ton’s writ­ing style may be a bit silly for most adult read­ers, it is likely to be a mas­sive hit with its tar­get au­di­ence.

Like Stan­ton’s Mr Gum se­ries of sto­ries, The Paninis Of Pom­peii is aimed at seven to 12-year-olds, but was a huge hit with my six-year-old who gig­gled his way through the book when we read it to­gether.

When I asked him what he thought of the first few chap­ters, his eyes lit up and he chuck­led as he said: “It was lots of fun.” He wanted to read it ev­ery night and we soon fin­ished all 148 pages.

The silly sto­ries and fre­quent ‘wind’ ref­er­ences seem to ap­peal to young read­ers and any­thing which gets chil­dren to en­joy reading can only be a good thing.

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