Sunday, 20 March 2016

Amazing! Kids Magazines Review and Competition

This week we have been reading and enjoying two magazines; Amazing and The Week Junior.

By we I clearly mean Rachel.
By reading I clearly mean Rachel reading and telling me.
By enjoying I clearly mean Rachel enjoyed them and I enjoyed listening to other publications.

In order to write the review I decided to have a few questions which I'd ask Rachel about each magazine.  Here are the questions I asked Rachel and what she thought of the magazines.

Amazing!


What is it about?
It's an educational magazine based on Romans with sections about the Romans in each double page on Art, Life Science, Sport and Games, Communication, Food Tech, Health and Careers, Literature, Geography, Languages, History, English, Maths, Poetry, Personal Development, Non-Life Science, Morals and Activities.

What did you most like?
It's easy to read but not at all boring.  I like the sections with things to make, draw and bake; and there are lots of good activities to do in the magazine.  The pictures are really interesting and funny.  I read it all in one go which means it must be good.  (And she's got her nose in it again now when I'm asking her about it which is a great sign.)

What did you not like?
There was one part which was confusing, where the poster needs to be pulled out; but once I realised it was a poster it was fine.  I think if the colours of the poster had had more differences to the pages around then it would have been more obvious to pull it out.

Is it something you would buy again?
It's interesting and it's a magazine I would get again definitely.

Would you recommend it to your friends?
I think my friends who like to read would love it.  But I think it's for kids younger than me, who are lower down primary school, because I knew most of the facts.  I'll give it to my friends who are in year 3 and see what they think of it.


What Amazing! say:
Amazing! is a monthly printed magazine that spans the National Curriculum for boys and girls aged 7+ and it’s designed to get children learning in a brand new and exciting way!  We take things that children actually like reading about such as zombies, aliens, cheesy feet etc and link these in clever and humorous ways back to the national curriculum. In this way, children get to read things of interest to them, and all along they’re learning about the things that matter – there’s nothing else quite like it on the planet!  Amazing! annual subscription is just £49 for 12 issues.



The Week Junior

What is it about?
This is all about the news, it's like a newspaper but easier to understand and aimed towards children.  It's like CBBC Newsround in paper form.  It's got lots of pictures and it's bright and colourful and easy to read.  The sections are this week's big news, home news, around the world, the big debate, people, animals and the environment, all about tax, science and technology, photos of the week, sport, book club, this week's big event, what's on, on screen, do something, how to, over to you, puzzles, that's unbelievable and quiz of the week.

What did you most like?
I really like the pictures which accompany the writing.  The section on animals and the environment is really interesting, but that's what I love to find out about.  I spent ages on "that's unbelievable" and was reading that to mum.

What did you not like?
The writing is quite small and that makes it harder to read, but then if it was larger than the magazine would be thicker,  But I'd prefer it larger.

Is it something you would buy again?
Yes I'd buy it again, I think this is a great way of getting the news and would be interesting for people in secondary school.

Would you recommend it to your friends?
I think my friends would like it and that it would be good to have in the classroom library.

What The Week Junior say:
Brought to you by The Week magazine, The Week Junior is a new current affairs magazine for children aged between 8 and 14. It's filled with fascinating stories and information, written to engage young, curious minds and encourage them to explore and understand the world around them.  From news to nature, science to geography, film to coding, The Week Junior gives children the information they need, the way they want it: colourful, immediate, exciting.  An annual subscription currently is half price, giving six issues for the price of twelve.


Try these magazines out for yourself
There are three easy ways to try these magazines out with your kids

1. Enter the competition
I have been given 10 copies of Amazing! magazine so that 10 of you can win 1 copy each.
To be in with a chance of winning one, enter using the rafflecopter below. The competition is open to UK entrants only and closes at midnight on Monday 28th March 2016. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

2. Use the code at Amazing!
Visit Amazing! and use the code WOW10 to get 10% off subscriptions

3. Subscribe to The Week Junior
Visit The Week Junior and you get 12 copies for the price of 6.

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