We’ve recently discovered the range of books by author A J Stairmand and today I’m sharing with you, the chapter book Archie Dingletrotter’s Flying Caravan. The 72 page book is aimed at children aged 7-11 and has rather a lovely message to it.
Archie Dingletrotter’s Flying Caravan also contains colourful illustrations throughout from Louisa Kewell which add to the story.
So who is Archie? Well he’s a seven-year old boy who is part of a travelling family. He lives with his parents in a rainbow coloured caravan, travelling the country and he never gets to stay in one place for long. I’m hoping having read this story that a few of Archie’s character traits will rub off on my own eight year old, especially on the writing front! Archie may move from school to school, but he keeps a diary and reads it out to his mother at the end of every week. He has a love of learning and always sees the good in everything.
You might think that moving schools frequently has made it hard for Archie to make friends, but no, his happy, funny personality wins him new friends wherever he goes.
The family arrive in a really pretty village and Archie is thrilled to learn that his family are planning on staying there. His father gets a job working for a farmer and the family set up home with their caravan in one of his fields. When Archie starts school he quickly makes friends again, but there are three children who aren’t keen on him at all.
I won’t ruin the rest of the plot, but Archie Dingletrotter’s Flying Caravan teaches young readers that it’s not what you have that’s important, but who you are. A lesson that these particular children will learn to their cost.
The story is enchanting and a little different from other’s we’ve read and my son has enjoyed reading it with me. Independent readers will also enjoy the story I’m sure. The book is available from Waterstones priced at £6.99. To find out more about other books A J Stairmand, visit http://www.annestairmand.co.uk.
Come back next week to read more about Desmond’s Dragon.
disclosure: We were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review
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