This is the second in the Little Gems series by Barrington Stoke that was introduced to me by my Year Five readers at school this week. Cheesemares by Ross Collins is a very funny, slightly surreal story by the author of Blamehounds which I have also just reviewed, and which proves that Mr. Collins has his finger firmly on the pulse of what boys want to read.
Hal loves cheese, and is a regular visitor to Halloumi’s cheese shop, but he has noticed in recent weeks that every time he eats cheese from there he suffers horrific nightmares. Determined to find out if there is a link between the cheese he eats and the nightmares he suffers, he sets off with his patient hound to track down just where this ‘evil’ cheese is coming from.
Barrington Stoke specialise in books for children with reading problems of one kind or another. Their books are universally printed on cream paper (easier to read from), in sans serif fonts, with plenty of blank space on the page, and good word/line spacing in terms of helping a child not to get their words/lines jumbled. The books are divided into easy to read chunks/chapters and have clear illustrations that really bring the stories to life.
I recommend this book to children aged 7-10. This is particularly good for reluctant readers, and any high interest, low ability readers you may be looking for stories for. Collins has a knack of making his books so funny and so intriguing that regular readers cannot help but enjoy them too.