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Recommended Reads – Pamela Butchart Books

Tahjae and Juwana from Class 5 wanted to record their views on their favourite books by Pamela Butchart. The series is very popular in school, we even had to buy more copies to keep up with demand! Pamela has been very supportive of the children and they have loved to hear about her responding to our tweets. Please watch the video and then leave them a comment below.

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Recommended Reads – The Ottoline Series

Juwana and Fathima from Class 5 have produced a video book review to recommend the Ottoline series of books by Chris Riddell.  The series is a very firm favourite with the children who have loved following the adventures of Ottoline. Find out more in the video clip below and maybe leave a comment.  The children would love to hear your thoughts on the review or on the books.


Sophie Anderson Visit

Class Four really enjoyed a visit from best selling author Sophie Anderson on Friday.  She ran a fabulous workshop where she told the children her inspiration for her story and how she became an author.  The children then designed their own special house and started to plan their own reimagines fairy tales.  After this they enjoyed painting sun catchers.  We had a brilliant time with Sophie and the children really enjoyed the chance to work with an author.


Goth Girl Series by Chris Riddell

The Goth Girl series of books has been and continues to be very popular with our readers who have enjoyed the twists, turns and adventures played out between the pages.

Below is a short synopsis from and we have added some extracts from the books.  Comment below and let us know your thoughts about the book, characters or ask any questions you have for the author and we will tweet them to him  We have some copies in the library so why not take a look next time you are in.

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell

Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she’s honest, she’s rather lonely. Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house, and together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael they and Ada begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it’s too late!

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse Extract

Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell

Packed full of beautiful black-and-white illustrations from author Chris Riddell, Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death follows the adventures of Ada Goth in the sequel to the award-winning Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse.

Preparations for the Ghastly-Gorm Garden Party and bake-off are under way. Celebrity cooks are arriving at the hall for the big event and, true to form, Maltravers, the indoor gamekeeper, is acting suspiciously. Elsewhere at Ghastly-Gorm Ada’s wardrobe-dwelling lady’s maid Marylebone has received a marriage proposal. Ada vows to aid the course of true love and find out what Maltravers is up to, but amidst all this activity, everyone, including her father, appears to have forgotten her birthday!

The hotly anticipated follow up to the 2013 Costa Children’s Book Award winner, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death is the perfect sweet treat; a flavoursome tale suffused with warmth and humour, and Chris’s iconic illustrations are the icing on the cake.

Goth Girl and the Fete Worst than Death

Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright by Chris Riddell

People are flocking to Ghastly-Gorm Hall from far and wide to compete in Lord Goth’s Literary Dog Show. The esteemed judges are in place and the contestants are all ready to win.

Sir Walter Splott is preparing his Lanarkshire Lurcher, Plain Austen is preening her Hampshire Hound and Homily Dickinson and her Yankee Poodle are raring to go. But there’s something strange going on at Ghastly-Gorm – mysterious footprints, howls in the night and some suspiciously chewed shoes. Can Ada, the Attic Club and their new friends the Vicarage sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne) work out what’s going on before the next full moon?

Goth Girl and the Withering Fright

Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony by Chris Riddell

Best-selling Goth Girl is back for an action-packed new adventure in this stunningly produced volume by former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell which has the additional delight of a mini-book, Fable of a Faun, tucked into it. Lord Goth is turning Ghastly-Gorm Hall into the venue for Gothstock, a sensational music festival that will match his home. Naturally, Ada Goth is thrilled at the thought but will it all go to plan? In both words and pictures Chris Riddell creates an amazing cast of characters and the most original escapades in which they are all entangled. ~ Julia Eccleshare


Varjak Paw and The Outlaw Varjak Paw

The Varjak Paw books are very popular with our pupils and they are rarely left on the shelves for long.  The book follows the journey of a very brave cat who has to use the way to survive.  SF Said is one of the authors who always replies to our tweets and he is always excited to hear our thoughts.

Below is a short synopsis of Varjak Paw and The Outlaw Varjak Paw from  Comment below and let us know your thoughts about the book, characters or ask any questions you have for the author and we will tweet them to him.  We have some copies in the library so why not take a look next time you are in.

Varjak Paw by S. F. Said

Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He’s never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about the Way – a secret martial art for cats. Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and, strangest of all the mysterious Vanishings.

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The Outlaw Varjak Paw by S F Said

Having saved the city cats from a fate worse than death, Varjak Paw finds himself the elected and popular leader of a new gang – a gang that supports freedom and kindness for all. But will the pressure take its toll on this brave, yet sometimes naive cat? This adventure is aimed at Varjak fans.

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Frank Cottrell Boyce Visit

A few months ago when we shared our new library and wish list on Twitter we were very lucky as one of our teachers friends got in touch with Frank Cottrell Boyce who agreed to open our new and improved library.  He told us some very funny stories about his childhood and school days in a special assembly before opening the library officially.  He purchased a very special book for the library called the Lost Words.

Thank you very much Frank, our children found your visit very inspiring and your books have flown off the shelves in the last few weeks.


David Walliams Books


David Walliams is a very popular author with our Pleasant Street readers.  They love his humorous stories and the children are constantly in and out of the library looking for the next book on their reading list.  We have uploaded some extracts from some texts by David Walliams below.

Comment below and let us know your thoughts about the books or ask any questions you have for him and we will tweet them to them.  We have lots of copies in the library so why not take a look next time you are in.

The Midnight Gang Extract

Awful Auntie Extract

The Boy in the Dress Extract

Grandpa’s Great Escape Extract

Gangsta Granny Extract

Demon Dentist Extract

Billionaire Boy Extract

Bad Dad Extract


Dog Man Series

The Dog Man series of books by Dav Pilkey are very popular with our readers and they are counting down the days until the next book is released.  Below is a short synopsis from  Comment below and let us know your thoughts about the book, characters or ask any questions you have for the author and we will tweet them to him  We have some copies in the library so why not take a look next time you are in.

New from the creators of Captain Underpants, it’s Dog Man, the crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL COP! George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers. When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty? This new series from Dav Pilkey may use conventional spelling but it is still full of all the same humour and fun of George and Harold’s previous graphic novels! (




Toto the Ninja Cat

Class 3 have really enjoyed this text and it was their class reader last term.  Below is a short synopsis from  Comment below and let us know your thoughts about the book, characters or ask any questions you have for the author and we will tweet them to him  We have some copies in the library so why not take a look next time you are in.

Meet Toto: she’s no ordinary cat, and she can’t wait to have an adventure with you! Join Toto for a funny animal escapade written by one of the UK’s best-loved broadcasters. For fans of The Aristocats, The Secret Life of Pets, 101 Dalmatians and Atticus Claw Breaks the Law. Purrfect for reading aloud or for children to curl up with and read alone, the story features brilliant black and white illustrations throughout. With gentle themes of friendship, inclusivity and winning in the face of adversity, this is a hilarious must-read for all animal-loving kids!

Toto the cat and her brother Silver live footloose and fancy-free in a townhouse in London. Toto is almost totally blind, and learned to trust her senses from a ninja cat-master who taught her back in Italy where they were born. By day, Toto and Silver seem to be ordinary cats, but by night, they love to have adventures! One evening, news reaches Toto that a king cobra has escaped from London Zoo! Together with help from a very posh rat and two hungry tigers, Toto and Silver must investigate. Can they find the giant snake, before it’s too late? (



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