Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Chocolate Porridge from Orion Books Early Readers.

We really do love these Early Readers from Orion Books. It's lovely watching my 5 year old gain confidence as he progresses each month. The stories are lovely and interesting and the layout is incredibly user-friendly for a new reader.

Chocolate Porridge book for age 5 plus Early Reader

This month we're reviewing Chocolate Porridge, which is a Blue Early Reader for reading together, written by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by Terry Milne. My reception class 5 year old is now at the stage where we can both read as a team, and by half way through this book he could certainly recognise the word 'chocolate' without any help!


The story is a very sweet one about a younger brother who wants to join in helping his Mum and big sisters in the kitchen, but he is packed off to play alone and he does his baking with mud outside. My children are delighted with this book as it's a funny story and the characters look like people in our family - it's amused them greatly!

As with all of the Early Readers there is a lot of repetition of words and sounds, and the language is clear and simple. This book actually has quite a few tricky words and a couple of unfamiliar phrases, so it stretches your child's vocabulary as well as helping them learn to read.


Chocolate Porridge is a proper book with 60 pages. It has a recommended retail price of £4.99.

We've reviewed some other Early Readers from Orion Books and the reviews can be found by clicking the following links:

Horrid Henry's Christmas Play and Horrid Henry's Royal Riot
The Little Nut Tree
Mondays At Monster School
The Dragon's Dentist

20 comments:

  1. This is our favourite Early Reader story to date, my son loves this sort of porridge

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    1. Hahaha - it think both of my boys like this porridge best too! :)

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  2. This sounds like a really fun book!

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    1. It is a really fun book, the story is a bit daft and exactly what little ones like :)

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  3. We read this one last night, it's a cute story

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    1. It is, it's really sweet. I particularly like that the boy does look like my son, because he certainly acts like him too :D

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  4. Fab book, Miss M has had this on her bedside for the past week, the perfect story to attract young children.

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    1. It's a great one, lovely for them to read, the ending is very cute :)

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  5. love orion books as they are perfect for younger children.

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    1. They really are, so much more fun than a lot of the school reading books :)

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  6. How funny that they look like the kids in the book, and a lovely story too!

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    1. It is hilarious! There's my little ginger one, 2 of his sisters and the Dad looks like his big brother :D

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  7. It is a great story isn't it - my son loves this one!

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    1. It is brilliant. Mud and yuck, perfect! :D

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  8. I love how much the boy on the cover looks like boy #3! I'm looking forward to Bud starting on these.

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    1. It's hilarious isn't it? :D
      It's a really magical time, I love it when they realise they can work out what things say - you'll love it too :)

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  9. My daughter loves this one. Great stuff...

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    1. I think it's my boys favourite so far - we've read it twice now and they laughed just as much tonight :)

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  10. Sounds like a great story, looks like we missed this one :-(

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    1. You can't read them all! There are loads of books and new ones every month, it adds up to too many for a new reader :)

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