White Band / Level 10

AuthorHeather Pindar
Illustrator Darshika Varma
Format 15x21cm, 32pg, SB
Publication Date 28/11/2020
AR Rating
Bic/CBMC Code YQCR/B3M79
ISBN 978-1-84886-771-0        RRP £5.99

The Big Custard Disaster


When Hilldip Primary’s cook, Mrs Higgins, has to leave for a few days, she warns the school that she will quit if she comes back to a messy kitchen! Can they keep it clean?


White Band Structure

  • No specific phonic structure to these books, as children should be able to work out most reasonably common words without difficulty.
  • Vocab choices are appropriate to this young readership and not too complex or demanding
  • More scope for complex inference creeping in – e.g. sometimes the reader may need to read between the lines, or may know something the characters do not, or the author may set up unusual twist or surprise ending.
  • Stories are slightly longer and more complex than before and bring in knowledge from outside the story in order to understand it.
  • As above, though stories are becoming more varied in plot as well as sentence structure, sometimes including some more literary or stylised language where appropriate.