MEET the team of young bookworms who will be putting the Echo’s new encyclopedias through their paces.
The Sunderland Echo will soon be launching The Wonderful World of Knowledge books featuring Disney characters and has called upon Year 6 at Benedict Biscop CE Primary School to review the set.
To launch the series of fun, factual books for primary-aged children the Echo will be giving the first one away free to every reader to help them start their collection of all 24 books.
During the coming months the Year 6 youngsters at Benedict Biscop CE Primary School will be giving readers an insight into each of the books and have been given a sneak preview of the set.
Thomas Hawick, 11, who has chosen to review The Human Body, third in the series, and Atlas of the World, number seven in the collection, said he is already impressed with the books.
He said: “They are really informal and full of fun facts that children are interested in. It means children can have fun reading them and are learning things they didn’t know at the same time.”
Fellow reviewer, Brooke Coxon, 11, who will be reviewing the fourth book in the series, From Stoneage to Spaceage, said: “I think they are really educational and a fun way for children to learn because having Disney characters makes kids more interested in reading the books.”
The first book in the series, which will be launched on Tuesday, March 15, and is free to every reader will be Dinosaurs, which focuses on the world of the reptiles, explaining in easy-to-understand terms how they came to walk the Earth 200million years ago and the characteristics of fearsome creatures such as Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Beautifully illustrated, these colourful books are designed to capture the imagination of children with the help of their favourite Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Pluto and Donald Duck.
Following on from Dinosaurs will be Planet Earth and others coming later in the series including Sport, Space, Dance, Drama and Music and The World of Art.
After picking up their free copy of Dinosaurs, every Tuesday after that another book in the series will be released and will be available to buy at the cost of £2.99 with a voucher from the Echo, at a number of retailers across the city.