(Read my original review for The Incredible Record Smashers here)
The Incredible Record Smashers is the second hilarious and heart-warming adventure from Jenny Pearson, author and fellow primary school teacher. Her debut The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates was a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award and is a 2021 Read for Empathy title.
The Incredible Record Smashers publishes on 29 April and it’s already gathering rave reviews, including one from legend Frank Cottrell-Boyce who calls it ‘funny and tender’ !
Lucy is a fixer of broken things. But there’s one thing she can’t fix and that’s her unhappy mum. Until she comes up with an INCREDIBLE plan. Along with her best friend, Sandesh, Lucy is going to SMASH a world record. Because she’s convinced that starry Paul Castellini – Record Smashers TV host and all-time crooner – is the answer to her mum’s problems. But breaking a world RECORD when watermelons, kumquats, two baddies and a 30cm shatter-resistant school ruler are involved isn’t quite as easy as Lucy thought. Can she learn that sometimes happiness doesn’t come with a plan?
Jenny really understands what makes a brilliant book for children.She says, “The characters I write are based on the many children I have taught over the years and the friendships I have witnessed. What I mostly see in the classroom is kids who look out for each other, kids who are understanding and kind. That’s what I want to portray in my characters – the truth, and the truth is that kids are INCREDIBLE!”
To celebrate all the children out there Jenny has compiled a ‘You’re Incredible’ #RecordSmashers’ motivational playlist. Do you play any of these to your class? What would you add to the playlist?
‘You’re Incredible’ #RecordSmashers Playlist
Keala Settle – This is Me
Tina Tuner – The Best
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
M People – Proud
Primal Scream- Movin’ on Up
Daryl Hall & John Oates – You Make my Dreams (Come True)
Sam Cooke – This Little Light of Mine
Carly Simon- Nobody Does it Better
Cass Elliot – Make Your own Kind of Music
David Bowie – Heroes
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Fat Boy Slim – Praise You
Natasha Bedingfield – These Words
Survivor – Eye of The Tiger
Paloma Faith- I’ve Gotta be Me
Emelie Sande – Read all About it Pt III
Queen – Don’t Stop Me now
Destiny’s Child – Survivor
Britney Spears – Stronger
Irene Cara – What a Feeling
Black – Wonderful Life
Starship- Nothing’s Going To Stop Us
Fleetwood Mac – Go your own Way
Backman-Tuner Overdrive – You ain’t seen nothing yet
The Lightning Seeds – Pure
Shed Seven – Going for Gold
Dr Alban – It’s my life
Kings & Queens – Ava Max
Andra Day – Rise Up
Panic at the Disco – High Hopes
(If you want a link to this uplifting playlist – click here!)
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