Pamela Butchart is one the best writers of laugh-out-loud children’s fiction. If you haven’t read any of her numerous books then you are definitely missing out.
Get ready for more mayhem in year 2 as Butchart presents three new stories about Miss. Riley and class 2R. This is book 6 in the Wigglesbottom Primary series. Don’t be put off if you haven’t read the other five books, you’ll meet all the children right at the beginning and then there are three individual stories that will have you laughing out loud. The stories are illustrated by Becka Moor and whilst she uses a very limited colour palette (shades of green, grey and white), there is something very appealing and charming about them.
The cause of the chaos this time round…rabbits (who may or may not be planning to invade the school) have taken over the Grassy Bit outside 2R’s classroom window, a mysterious man arrives at school and is causing Miss. Riley to do some bizarre hand-dancing, and a terrifying music teacher who may be a witch. Every day is different at primary school!
Butchart perfectly captures the everyday occurrences at primary school and how the imagination of children turns the mundane into incredible and wacky stories. The children always think things are much better or worse than they actually are. I love that Butchart has assembled a class of children that show the reader different ethnicities.
These reads are perfect for children who want to read something with more text than a picture book but still want lots of illustrations. Whether children are reading them with an adult or reading independently these are sure to provoke many laughs and make for thoroughly enjoyable reading.
Recommended for 6+.