Thursday, 29 August 2013

Gnomes. Gnomes. Gnomes by Anne Fine (Children's, Reading Age 7 years +, Actual age 8-12 years, 10/10E)

The banana is important!
July 2013, Barrington Stoke, 64 pages, Paperback, Review copy, Short 'n' Sweet review 

Summary from Barrington Stoke
Sam's a little obsessed with making gnomes out of clay - the garden shed is bursting with them!

But Sam's mum says the gnomes have got to go. So together with his sister Alice, Sam plans a send-off for his little clay friends that they will never forget! 

Nayuleska's thoughts
It was the fun looking cover and title which grabbed my eye for this book - come on, who can resist the cute gnomes? I loved learning why Sam enjoyed making them so much, and how his mother reacts to them. Alice's ideas made perfect sense to me, and they definitely went down with a mystery someone who joined in the party while Alice and Sam were asleep. It's clear who the mystery someone is, but if memory serves me right it's never actually stated. The story's end was clever, unexpected and extremely good fun to read. I laughed a lot with this book!  Readers will definitely be eyeing up clay to make their own gnomes! 

Find out more about on Anne's website.

Suggested read
Anne has written so many awesome books - check out Eating Things On Sticks (Children's, 9 years +, 10/10)


A. B. Syed said...

Nayu, your blog is wonderful. The pictures and images are luxuriant and your writing is excellent.

We loved 'Eating Things on Sticks' by Anne Fine too. We have the audio book and listen to it quite often!

Nayuleska said...

Thank you! Glad you like my blog, and Anne's books which are a fine mixture of humour and some sort of issue being addressed.