Tag Archives: Reading Festival

Reading Festival: The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka is NOT at all boring

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(shh! this not a boring book, this is a superduper book what ever the title says)

I started the Reading Festival with a book and I am finishing it with a book!

The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka is about some words in a really boring book that decide it is time to have fun. So they don’t just stay in straight rows, they slip and slide on the page. And they make pictures of things (like we have been doing in our picture poems). And they  go outside and jump into signs. BUT they got so noisy everyone got cross and all the words VANISHED!

And how do you think the world was then?


Write and tell me what you think the world would be like with no words or books!

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, age, year and name of school. I will have a spot prize for a favourite answer.

Reading Festival: a very jumpy dog poem by Raevyn


Raevyn goes to Russley School in Christchurch and was inspired by Margaret Mahy’s Dashing Dog poem to write one herself. I loved reading this with its dashing lines and bouncy words. Great job!

I have a kind dog

she is a really playful dog

I love her to bits

and she loves me too

she is a German shepherd

a very jumpy dog

she gets excited when she sees people

my dog knows how to do tricks

my dog is very tricky to play to play with

she is a speedy dog

my dog loves going in the river

she is so speedy that I can’t  beat her



By Raevyn, Year 5

Reading Festival: Gemma has a book nook

Two lovely poems from Gemma. Thanks, your poems have painted pictures for me!

Dear Paula


I am glad my book arrived safely!

I have written 2 poems this week.


I hope you like reading them as much as I liked writing them!


Thank you from


Age 7

Year 3

Adventure School




1. My favourite place to read


The Book Nook


In my book nook

I hear only the flutter of the pages

As I read on

Until I finish the book


But then I start another.

I feel quite peaceful

I smell the ink on the pages

I taste the excitement of the story


No one knows I’m in my nook

It is my cave

Books surrounding me like bears

But I see only words


2. A poem as the favourite character

The Silver Chair


Through the portal

Falling deep

Sent by Aslan

To find Green Kirtle

Quest hijacked

Spells and tricks

Under me

Rescue me

In the name of Aslan

Before it is too late

Reading Festival: last day!

What a busy few weeks it has been on Poetry Box celebrating reading with all your help!

I have a few more things to post today and then on Monday I will announce the spot prizes.

A big thanks to everyone who joined in! Yesterday was the last day for entries to all the challenges as today I am making my picks.

Thanks to you, I have a little list of books to go on the hunt for — just as I am about to enjoy my summer reading months. Bliss!

Reading Festival: Kyle and Cody review a favourite book

Two Year 5 students, Kyle and Cody, from Russley School have reviewed Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Kyle: My favourite book is Diary of a Wimpy KidThird Wheel. It was written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. My favourite part is when Greg finally finds a date but him and Rowley have the same date.

Cody (age 10, Year 5): My favourite book I’m reading is: Diary of a Wimpy KidHard Luck by Jeff Kinney and illustrated by him too. The sad bit about the book is that Rowley Jefferson ditched his best friend Greg Hefley for a girlfriend, so Greg tries to find a new best friend in middle school. But Greg was wrong- finding another best friend is really hard because all the kids think they’re too cool for school.



Reading Festival: Ben and Alex use poetry to get inside the heads of characters

Ben T and Alex W go to Russley School and I think I can guess what kind of books they like to read. They have written poems from the point-of-view of a character in a favourite book. I like the way they made the characters come alive and they didn’t bother to tell the story. It was like they tried to get inside a moment and inside the head of the character. Great job!

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Reading Festival: Monica and Ella have made a treasure hunt of book titles

I had fun hunting for book titles in this poem. How many can you find? What a great idea to make a poem together with a friend.


Treasure Hunt

by Monica and Ella (Year 6, Russley School)


trek through Northwood, around the twist

over the seas to Port Blanc

across the bridge to the hidden house

a skeleton key’s under a plank

the travelling restaurant will meet you

at a lake made of crocodile tears

you will sail around Snakehead Cliff

to Goldilocks and the Three Bears

they’ll give you directions

to the fountain of youth

in which you’ll discover

the ring of truth

Reading Festival: Michael (6) and Max (6) are very hungry caterpillars in their cool poems!

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Two six-year-olds from Russley School were inspired by Eric Cale’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar (I love this book!) to write a poem from the caterpillar’s  perpsective. What fun! I loved reading these. Great job Max and Michael!



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