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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Cornelia Funke
Age Range: 6-8
Wherever Rosa and Ivan go, there are monsters lurking around every corner. From a nasty surprise on the Ghost Train, a teacher who is not quite what he seems to terrible danger encountered on a school trip, there seems to be monsters everywhere and it is up to the Monster Busters to sort it out.
Best-selling author Cornelia Funke’s fourth title in the ‘Little Gems’ series has energy and pace with a scare factor that will appeal to young readers. The story is perfectly complimented by the amusing, detailed and expressive illustrations by Glenys Ambrus.
The ‘Little Gems’ series published by Barrington Stoke, are a pocket-sized format of 100-pages with dyslexia friendly features is also ideal for reluctant readers too. The short sentences with special line, character, paragraph spacing and font ensure that there is not too much text on each page. There are lots of chapter breaks, special cream paper which minimizes glare together with lots of illustrations to help with the understanding of the story. The book also includes appealing coloured endpapers and jacket flaps with added extras such as spot the difference puzzles and activities.
Each book in this series has been tested for children and young people by children and young people. They are recommended for 5-8’s and with a reading age of 6+, they are also suitable for children of 7-10 reading below this level and for dyslexic or reluctant readers.