Fabio The World's Greatest Flamingo Detective

NSTBA Past Winners- Read Aloud Category

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Reading aloud is one of the most pleasurable and important parts of a teacher’s job. This category is great fun to investigate and find candidates for- and we have read some treasures over the years! All of those short listed ( and most long listed!) are now tried and tested in our classrooms and have been huge successes. Such a wonderful selection to pick from.

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In 2015, the wonderful ‘Hercufleas’ won. This is a great story, full of fun and houmour- and an adorable flea! On WBD this year, in our Sharing Stories assembly, Torie chose Chapter One to read to KS2 and it was as popular as ever! You can read our review here.

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Sam attended the awards ceremony and has been a firm favourite with the group ever since, twice making the trip to visit schools in our group and speaking to JAB.

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‘Dave Pigeon’ won in 2016. Sheena, Swapna and her family came to the ceremony and were just wonderful. Warm and friendly, they added to the lovely atmosphere of the occasion. Dave proved to be a great hit with our children and each new book is eagerly anticipated. Light-hearted and quick to read these books have been particularly popular with Y3/4 children. You can read our review here.

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Andrew Beasley won in 2017 with ‘SCREAM’, a delightfully spooky read with really strong characters. Andrew was lovely when he attended the ceremony and was delighted to receive the award. The second book of this series, ‘Carnival of Monsters’ has also been very popular.

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You can read our review of ‘The Mummy’s Revenge’ here.

Last year, this category was won by the lovely Laura James and Emily Fox, both of whom came to the awards. Fabio is great fun and we are looking forward to sharing book two with children as soon as possible. Great fun, this highly illustrated, colourful story really offers something a little different. You can read our review here.

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So many wonderful books to share, making the daily read aloud session something really special for everyone. Because these are chosen to be read aloud to a class, not all of them have book event ideas or teaching suggestions to go with them, but some do.

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This year’s contenders are looking just as exciting- only thirteen days until submissions close now!

Quality Fiction next!

2018 Read Aloud Shortlist

So here it is...

the 2018 NSTBA Read Aloud shortlist.

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Nevermoor- The Trials of Morrigan Crow   Jessica Townsend

Orion     ISBN:  978-1510103825

You can read the long list review here.

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The Book Case - An Emily Lime Mystery      Dave Shelton

David Fickling Books       ISBN: 978-1910200544

You can read the long list review here.

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Fabio The World's Greatest Flamingo Detective: The Case of the Missing Hippo

by Laura James, illustrated by Emily Fox

Bloomsbury     ISBN: 978- 1408889312

You can read the long list review here.

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You Can't Make Me Go to Witch School!       Em Lynas, illustrated by Jamie Littler

Nosy Crow        ISBN: 978-1788000130

You can read the long list review here.

Congratulations to all! The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 10th November. 

LONG LIST REVIEW: Fabio The World's Greatest Flamingo Detective: The Case of the Missing Hippo

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All the world's greatest flamingo detective wants to do is sit on the veranda of the Hotel Royale, sipping pink lemonade. However, he is persuaded to act as a judge for the hotel's talent show. Apart from the arguing between his fellow judges, all seems to be going well until the most promising contestant- Julia the jazz singing hippo- goes missing. 

Fabio and his giraffe associate, Gilbert, must track down all the clues and solve this baffling mystery!

The best read aloud stories are those which are fun to read aloud and this is certainly one of those! Full of colourful characters and many suspects, the short chapters are easy to get through and the lively humour will keep children engaged and laughing. There are also plenty of opportunities for putting on those all important voices for each character and really making the story your own!

This pink-Poirot makes short work of all the suspects and solves the crime with panache and hopefully, this will be the first of many mysteries he has to solve. As 'Fabio' is perfect for newly independent readers, having this as a class reader might well inspire children to read any further episodes from Fabio's casebook. 

The illustrations are wonderful- full of energy and humour. The bright colours are very appealing - sure to catch the eye of the most reluctant reader!

Fabio The World's Greatest Flamingo Detective: The Case of the Missing Hippo

by Laura James, illustrated by Emily Fox

Bloomsbury     ISBN: 978- 1408889312

You can read another review of Fabio here.