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Vera McLuckie and the Daydream Club

Vera McLuckie and the Daydream Club

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by Jane Evans, Ruth Mutch (Illustrator)

This book works on several levels. It is a lovely story in itself that most children will relate to, dealing as it does with lack of self-belief, peer pressure and the bullying that goes along with not necessarily being the most popular kid in class. These issues can be readily picked up in school and discussed in circle time and PSHE (citizenship)


This book works on several levels. It is a lovely story in itself that most children will relate to, dealing as it does with lack of self-belief, peer pressure and the bullying that goes along with not necessarily being the most popular kid in class. These issues can be readily picked up in school and discussed in circle time and PSHE (citizenship) lessons.

But it goes deeper. Whilst not named in the book explicitly, the three main characters exhibit dyspraxic, dyslexic and autistic (Asperger's Syndrome) tendencies respectively. So the story can be used by parents and teachers as a catalyst for discussing what it is like to have a learning difficulty. In schools, teachers can use the book on a one-to-one, group or class basis to help raise awareness and improve well-being.

Both author and illustrator are keen to raise awareness of specific learning difficulties in a way accessible to children. The illustrator is herself autistic.

The publisher is dedicated to publishing books that share experiences, improve understanding and celebrate differences. To this end it provides free cross-curricula teaching resources with all of its books at www.yourstoriesmatter.org

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

As someone with dyspraxia myself, I could relate a lot to Vera’s character! Teaching children about accepting and understanding difference is so important, and this book does that perfectly. The story itself is thoroughly engaging, with brilliant illustrations throughout. I loved this book and I wish I’d had it to read when I was younger! — Natalie Williams, Dyspraxia advocate and blogger

The book really highlights the day-to-day struggle of school when your way of learning differs from the norm ... This book is a reminder of how life-changing it can be for a child with fragile confidence when their individuality is recognised by an interested adult and their talents encouraged. A feel-good, motivational story. — Kathy, Support for Learning (SFL) Teacher

Jane Evans’ Vera McLuckie and the Daydream Club is a superb children’s book celebrating the importance of diversity and exploring hidden disabilities ... Through Evans’ powerful storytelling and Ruth Mutch’s captivating illustrations Vera McLuckie and the Daydream Club will be able to relate to many young children and inform them that their uniqueness is a superpower. — Jake Borrett, Dyspraxia advocate and blogger

I absolutely loved your book. I thought it was highly original and it will be so uplifting for kids to read something to show how everyone has strengths no matter what. The way the characters portrayed characteristics of children with specific difficulties without explaining what they were in black and white was very clever. I imagine there will be many children who will be able to relate to at least one of the three main characters. It was very moving too and there were tears in my eyes over the power of the messages — Sarah Matthews, Primary School Teacher

I always welcome books for children that talk about difference in a largely positive way whilst still introducing the concept of difference and difficulties. It is through children that perceptions (and ultimately acceptance) will change so it is great to see an author with this at the heart of her message … I like the book, it is friendly and positive and realistic. I would recommend it as a read in all classrooms and for parents and families of children who are ‘quirky’ or that little bit different … Certainly a story I would recommend to our members and supporters. — Gill Dixon PGCE, MA, BHSc(Hons), RGN, Dyspraxia Foundation Trustee

This is a great wee book; nicely written and beautifully illustrated. The combination of everyday life and fantasy worlds will make it appealing to younger readers and the story is one that is many children will relate to. The characters are interesting and well drawn, in both words and images, and the font that is used for the text makes it easier to read for people with dyslexia. Having dyslexia myself I often find I have to read things a couple of times or more to be sure I’ve got it right but I had no such problem with this. I also really liked the fact that once you finish reading the story readers are given a good reason to go back and review the pictures. All in all this is a lovely book and I hope we get a chance to read more about Vera and her friends in the future. — Celine, Art Tutor, Project Ability

Product Details

Explainer HQ Ltd
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Evans lives in Edinburgh, UK with her husband, daughter, cat and six fish. Although she has had many different jobs over the years, she keeps coming back to her first love, writing. 'Vera McLuckie and the Day Dream Club' is her first book, written with kids in mind who sometimes find things a bit tricky.

Ruth Mutch is a young artist, living in Glasgow with her rather lazy cat Phoebe. She is autistic and has a post graduate qualification in autism as well as a Primary Educational Studies degree and an HND in interactive media. She has a lot of experience of autistic children. Mutch has done various illustrations for autism awareness including an e-learning course but this is her first venture into illustrating a children's fiction book which she is very excited about!

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Vera McLuckie and the Daydream Club 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
WhisperingStories 6 days ago
Vera hates school, well she hates it on certain days, but Monday’s are the worse. One of the reasons that she hates school is that she finds it hard to concentrate, and often daydreams, which annoys her teachers. Together with her friends Harry, who finds reading and writing difficult, and Max who doesn’t always understand what people are telling him, nor likes to be touched, the three find school a struggle as each of them have different learning difficulties, but whilst they might find certain things at school difficult, in other areas they thrive. What a lovely children’s book. All three main characters are beautifully written and a joy to read about. Vera herself gives you a personal insight into her life throughout. I’ve said it a few times in past reviews, but I really do love books for children that not only contain fascinating stories, but those that will keep the readers hooked to the pages, whilst subtly arming them with lots of knowledge. In today’s society, whilst we have moved forward considerably in helping people understand about learning difficulties, there is still a long way to go. This book will certainly help to educate children about diversity, and that everyone has their weaknesses, and their strengths. All schools should own a copy of this book, as it is a superb read. It is also written so that it is easy to understand and follow, and illustrated beautifully by Ruth Mutch, who also has learning difficulties. Children will also love the mission at the back of the book, to help find the 15 missing penguins that are hidden throughout the story. What a fantastic idea.