This resource was created by The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). CLPE is a charity working to improve literacy in primary schools. Find out more about their training courses, free resources and high-quality teaching sequences at:

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare, illustrated by Jane Matthews, won the Branford Boase Award in 2016. The purpose of this lesson outline is to support teachers in reading aloud a selected text that and to talk about the text with their children, allowing children to respond to and understand the text in greater depth.

‘From the moment of his birth Aubrey is destined to be different — a ‘rambunctious wolf’ whose early years are marked by scrapes and incidents, the idyllic life he shares with his loving parents belies the difficulties in store, as his father succumbs to depression, and Aubrey must bring his imagination to bear to find a solution to the monster that threatens his father and his family. The story is told with humour and sensitivity, without shying aware from the darker side of parental depression.’ CLPE

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