In this edition’s Army&You and Reading Force Book Club, our forces youngsters share their views on When Cucumber Lost His Cool by Michelle Robinson and Tom Knight.


Archie says: “The book made me feel happy, peas are my favourite.” His parents say: “We loved all the bright fruit and veg with their colourful expressions. This book is fab, we can’t wait to find the others in the range and explore and learn more about our feelings. It was nice talking about the book afterwards and how it made us feel. A lovely book with vibrant, great illustrations.”


His mum says: “Theo enjoyed reading the story to his bear and looking at the pictures. He also sounded the letters to form some of the words. We read the story together too.”


“A rather sweet book about Kevin the cucumber, who is there for his friends when they have a bad day, with his super cool song,” says Rhea’s mum. “This book is bright and vibrant, full of energy and perfect rhymes. It’s a comforting story showing that everyone is cool in their own way. Rhea really loved the illustrations showing all types of fruit and veg in silly scenes and she found Mr Posh Mustard funny.”


Reading Force is the free shared reading initiative for forces families where you can share a book and talk about it, together at home or via video call if separated from your soldier. You’ll receive a free book and scrapbook to fill in with your thoughts, letters, drawings and photographs. It’s a fun way to keep connected. Take part via your children’s school, HIVE, or register online at

If your children would like to review books for the A&Y Book Club, email with their names and ages.

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