We love reading so much at The Aquila School, that our very own Mr. Charlie Crisp has published a book that our pupils can now read.
Launched at the Sharjah International Book Festival this year, ‘Decision Street’, is aimed primarily at children below eight years of age. The reader goes through the book and experiences different scenarios, where they have to choose which decision they will make, from two possible options. They will then be sent to different pages based on their decision. If it is the “right decision” they will be told what the outcome is.
When asked how this book came about Mr. Charlie had to say:
“Working in a school, you are surrounded by children constantly and for the past 3 years I’ve seen a lot of them flourish academically and socially – It’s quite inspiring actually. Not being a teacher, I can’t really help from an academic point of view, but I wanted to see if I could help from the social side. As a young child I had a computer game that, when you got to certain points asked me how to continue “To go left – press the space bar, to go right press F5”. As a child, I found that incredible. It was me making the choice not a grown-up, and that has stuck with me for all these years. The idea of writing a children’s picture book to guide them in certain situations but ultimately the children making the choice stemmed from these 2 situations, I guess. I started working on it during my summer break!”
When asked how long he had been thinking about writing a book Charlie said: “It has been something I have thought about over the last few years. As a parent, I would read bedtime stories to my children and always found the Julia Donaldson books very clever – the stories are fun, but I have always been impressed with her book rhyming. I personally find rhyming books more fun to read so after deciding to give this a go I was determined to make it a Rhyming book.”
This is why “Decision Street” is a rhyming book. The character names rhyme with the different scenarios in the book, and he even managed to name two characters after his own children.
To purchase the book please visit https://sanadbooks.com/decision-street.html