In this edition’s Army&You and Reading Force Book Club, service youngsters tell us what they thought of Seagulls Don’t Eat Sorbet: The First Adventure by soldier Babs Vinden-Cantrell…


Lilah loved this book, she enjoyed seeing the adventures the seagulls go on. She laughed out loud at how cheeky they were when pinching the food. Lilah even recognised the Blackpool Tower from a family trip to the seaside and was amazed that it was featured in the story. This is a lovely family book with lots of pictures, even Lilah’s little brother, Joey, enjoyed engaging with the story. Seagulls Don’t Eat Sorbet has become a firm favourite in our house.

EDEN (4)

There are five baby seagulls that go on an adventure. They go to the seaside without their mums and dads. My favourite bit of the book was when the oldies threw the chicks some sandwiches because they were dancing. I will remember the chicks standing on each other to find their friends. They made a big tower. The book is funny and exciting and I liked looking at the pictures.


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. Teens will receive a special journal.

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

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