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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)
Monster from the Blue Planet (The)
by Cornelia Funke
Age Range: 6-8
Zaleb lives on the planet Balbaz. Hearing tales about a little blue planet full of monsters called Earth from her grandfather, who once brought one back to Balbaz as a pet, Zaleb is curious. When Zaleb is given a spaceship for her birthday she is eager to visit the Blue Planet to see these monsters for herself, although they turn out to be not quite what she expected!
One of four titles in the ‘Little Gems’ series by best-selling author Cornelia Funke, this is another humorous adventure story that is both witty and pacy, complimented by the amusing green, grey and black illustrations of Elys Dolan.
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.