Clever Tykes Book Reviews

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So my regular readers and friends will know that in my “other life” I’m a full-time early years teacher. It is a really fun job that I enjoy, and I especially love reading books to my class. You may remember I recently reviewed the book Bessie, Queen of the Sky, so when these books arrived* from Clever Tykes, I couldn’t wait to check them out to review them too!

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So I was sent 3 books from Clever Tykes – ‘Change-it Cho’, ‘Code-it Cody’ and ‘Walk-it Willow’. Written for children aged 6-9, they are story books that contain positive role models and will hopefully encourage children to be more resourceful and enterprising. Their enterprise education story books and teaching resources are completely free for primary schools to use, and they have a portal available here where schools can sign up and access everything they need to teach enterprise education for Key Stage 2 children. Clever Tykes are able to do this for schools because they were very kindly sponsored by Lloyds Banking group.

The teacher in me thinks this is a fantastic idea. Books that inspire children to use their skills in a positive way to benefit them is a winner in my eyes. Plus, it can be a real help for schools who may have funding issues, to be able to give their children these books to  read for free.

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If you fancy meeting the characters, and learning a bit more about their stories, you can check them out in a video here. So let’s get on to checking out these books!

Change-it Cho

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clever tykes book reviews change it cho blurb

So you can see from the blurb, this book is all about healthy eating. It also covers things such as being competitive, determined and facing challenges. Here are a few inserts from the story:

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Code-it Cody

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clever tykes book reviews code it cody blurb

You’ll notice from the blurb of this book that this one is largely based on computer skills and coding. It also covers issues such as confidence, working hard and being creative. Here are some inserts from Code-it Cody:

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Walk-it Willow

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clever tykes book reviews walk it willow blurb

So you’ll see from this blurb that the story is all about making money from having a passion. It also highlights issues such as learning from your mistakes, being organised and responsibility. Here you can see a few pages from the story:

clever tykes book reviews walk it willow the soggy dog

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So I deliberately didn’t share too much of the stories just in case any of you fancy reading them for yourselves with your children. I must say I really enjoyed these stories and there are a few reasons why:

  • They are easy to read and understand. Designed for a child in the Juniors (KS2), these books are written in a way that children of this age should be able to read themselves depending  on their ability. I also believe that they could be shared with slightly younger children too. The words used are familiar to children, even when talking about things such as coding which can sometimes get quite complex.
  • The messages they share. Each book gives a different message, all being important for children growing up to understand. I particularly like the fact that at the start of each story it states the type of person the book is suitable for, such as “for anyone with a passion”.
  • Their illustrations. The illustrations in these books are well-suited to the stories and feature on most pages. I think pictures in books are helpful for children reading, especially if they are shared with children of a younger age. It keeps them engaged in the story and helps them to understand.
  • The length of the stories. These books are of a decent length, around 70-80 pages. Whilst that may seem a lot for children’s books, the font used is of a decent size and because they stories are well written and interesting, it is hard to put the books down. However, if the stories are too long for slightly younger children, they could always be split over a couple of nights.
  • The quality of the books. Not only is the quality of the stories good, but the actual books are too. They seem sturdy and of a great size for children’s hands.
  • The interactive element. You may have noticed that on the last page of each story, there is an email address to contact the main character from that story. I think this would be a really nice thing for a child to do, particularly if they get a reply back!

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If you aren’t part of a school, but would like to get your hands on these books, you can do here.

So what do you think of these books? Do you like the message they are sharing? Would you share them with your own children? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time…

Jean xoxo

*I was very kindly sent these books for free to review. All opinions however are my own, and I would never share with you anything I didn’t love myself!

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14 Comments

  1. robin rue
    August 1, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    These sound like great books for kids. I am sure that my younger nieces and nephews would love all of these.

  2. August 1, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    I love a good book series and even though the stories aren’t necessarily connected, they have the same feel to them. Thanks for telling us about them!

  3. August 2, 2017 / 1:29 am

    These sound like good books for kids to read and can benefit from. I’m always up for new reading material for the kids.

  4. August 2, 2017 / 7:29 am

    I need to keep these in mind for when my nephews get old enough! I love giving books and am always looking for new ones to send them!

  5. August 2, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    I’ve never heard of these but my four year old loves books. I’ll definitely have to look into these.

  6. reesa
    August 2, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    i love books that teach the kids a message like these do. I need to find them for my kids.

  7. August 2, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    I think these are really lovely books for the children. I like them especially the one that teaches you to make some money from your passion. That’s really awesome tk read at a young age.

  8. August 2, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    These look like great books for children. I think it is good to teach life lessons as early as possible and these look to do just that!

  9. August 2, 2017 / 11:43 pm

    These sound like such good books for kids. I’ll have to share these with my nephews and nieces.

  10. August 3, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    These look great! Our kiddos are big readers, and I love finding different children’s books to mix things up. Will definitely keep these in mind!

  11. August 3, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    These look like some great book titles! I hadn’t heard of these before.

  12. August 4, 2017 / 1:37 am

    I really love the topics this series covers. It’s no nice to see books teaching kids to pursue their passions and take care of themselves from an early age.

  13. August 5, 2017 / 10:14 am

    These books seem AMAZING. I love the topics that they cover, I love that they cover coding! That is a skill that is really going to be in demand in the future and it is cool to see a children’s book put some focus on it in a fun way!

  14. August 5, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    My daughter just loves to read!!! She’s a total book worm. I will have to look into getting these books for her. She would love them