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Benny celebrates World Book Day

Hi guys, it’s Benny here and happy World Book Day!

World Book Day is one of my favourite days of the year, when Children of all ages get together to celebrate their favourite books and literary Characters – what’s not to love about that?! There are now more ways than ever to celebrate – whether you’re feeling crafty, have your own story to tell or simply want to host your own ‘big booky bake off’! This year I have decided to take a trip to my local library to share with you my top five favourite Children’s books, there might be a bear-y interesting theme with a couple of them, can you spot it?

We’re going on a Bear Hunt

AUTHOR: Michael Rosen
‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ is celebrating its 30 year this year! – the story is about a family and their dog who go out on a bear hunt. They travel through grass, a river, mud, a forest and a snowstorm before coming face to face with a bear in its cave. The bear causes the family to panic and run home, across all the obstacles, and the bear slowly follows (we’re not that scary really!).

The Gruffalo

AUTHOR: Julia Donaldson
‘The Gruffalo’ is a rhyming story about a mouse and a monster. The mouse explores a dangerous forest and encounters various scary creatures – to scare them off he invents stories about a creature called a Gruffalo. However, after scaring off the last animal he is shocked to see the real Gruffalo! The pair walk back through the forest and the Gruffalo becomes more impressed with the mouse’s confidence. I love the sense of adventure in this story and how despite all the other animals in the forest being much bigger and scarier than the mouse, he doesn’t let this stop him from standing up for himself!

A Bear Called Paddington

AUTHOR: Michael Bond
Just like me, this book is about the adventures of a loveable bear! Paddington bear was picked up after being left at a train station of the same name. The book details parts of Paddington’s past however it’s mainly about his adventures and the sticky situations he gets himself into – falling in tubs of hot water, creating havoc underground in the subway stations and dropping marmalade sandwiches on top of people’s heads in the theatre (one I found very funny!)

Northern Lights

AUTHOR: Philip Pullman
‘Northern Lights’ is a fantasy novel set in a parallel universe, it’s about the journey of Lyra who travels to the Arctic in search of her missing friend, Roger Parslow, and her imprisoned uncle, Lord Asriel, who’s goal is to find the source of ‘Dust’ and a gateway to another world. Although I found parts of this fantasy book quite scary, it allows you to imagine an ideal world you would want to live in and where anything can happen – and of course, it features a polar bear and lots of other exciting characters!

The Dancing Bear

AUTHOR: Michael Morpurgo
‘The Dancing Bear’ is the story of a friendship between an orphaned girl, Roxanne and her adopted bear cub. It takes place in a French village which becomes famous for its honey. The pair become inseparable and the bear is loved by the whole village – however things soon change when a film crew arrive who are in need of a dancing bear. This story reminds me off all the amazing people I have met this year, and that true friends can inspire you to achieve anything!

I would love to hear what your favourite book is, or maybe you have a story to tell? So many books have inspired me to dress up this year – however my favourite has to be Paddington bear. I can’t wait to plan my next adventure, and I might even try a marmalade sandwich!

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