Polly and the Puffin: 02 The Stormy Day by Jenny Colgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Polly and Neil are back in the second gorgeous children's book from Sunday Times bestselling novelist Jenny Colgan. Perfect for reading aloud and including fun activities based on the story.
The boat masts jangled louder and louder. Above their heads, black clouds gathered. Polly shivered, and then the rain started to fall: plop, plop, plop.
Polly is waiting for something important to happen. But waiting is hard. It's even harder when it's raining and you can't go outside...
Can Polly find enough to do to keep busy ALL day? And what will happen when her puffin friend, Neil, decides to fly off into the storm?
When this copy arrived for me to share with my class I couldn't wait, they had previously loved 'Polly and the Puffin' and I knew this would be another they would enjoy.
Polly and Neil's adventure starts on a stormy day, Polly is waiting for her dad to come home, as he is out at sea and Neil disappears into the big black cloud.
I loved this story as well as the children, it is easy to read and the illustrations, although only a few colours come across as really powerful. I enjoyed reading about the village that Polly and Neil live in, this is something new, as before we only got snap shots of the dock.
The children were completely quiet during the story and they really took it in. They particularly liked the activities at the back of the book, which I think is unique and would love to see more of in other books. They all said they would recommend it to others and they enjoyed continuing on with the series. They have asked me if there will be another as they loved it so much, I really hope there will be!
What I like about the book as much as the children is that it is quite a nice book to pick up if you are just becoming an independent reader, the language isn't too challenging, however does offer a few words which could be used as discussion. It is also not an intimidating book for a child to read if they are not too confident.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.