Elli Woollard Book Review
We have been sent three books to review by the author Elli Woollard, The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight, The Giant of Jum and Swashbuckle Lil The Secret Pirate.
The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight
I let Jake choose which book we should read first and he was instantly drawn to read The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight, instantly laughing at why a Knight can be ‘Nibblesome’.
The images on the cover are really attention grabbing for children Jake age 5 loves them and Grace age 2 was ‘rawring’ for making the noise of the dragons. On the cover there are four dragons and two knights. showing you the characters of the book before we start reading the story.
The story starts as the youngest dragon age 4 called Dram, no longer being a baby now has to find and bite a nibblesome knight of his own. So he starts his own flight on the look for a knight but with the weather being so bad and stormy he falls into a lake right next to a knight called James.
Dram just thinks that James is a normal boy, James wasn’t sure what Dram was and just thought he was a funny looking duck. Dram appears to have hurt himself upon falling so James helps him. James spends time with him getting Dram better making him a sling for his paw, making his sore throat better by bringing some honey, bringing Dram food to make him strong to fly, after all that it was night time and Dram fell asleep at the thought of finding a nibblesome night. The next morning Dram felt really strong and was ready to search for his nibblesome night so he went to say goodbye to James first, upon finding James he discovered that James was a knight all dressed up in his armour, and James was shocked to discover Dram was a dragon.
Dram thinking that he suppose he should bite, and James thinking that he suppose he should fight, but they both knew they couldnt as they were friends.
We love this book as it shows that all is not as it appears once you find out about the person
This book rhymes throughout which is excellent for Jake’s age as this is what he is learning about in school, and it really does make it more appealing for children hearing the rhyming words keeping them gripped into the story. The pictures are grabbing with bright colours throughout, so as I read they were able to follow the pictures with the story.
This book is quite large in size which is good as it displays the pictures nicely with words on each page.
The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight can be purchased from Amazon
The Giant of Jum
On the next night Grace chose Elli Woollard’s The Giant of Jum book to read. The front of the book is illustrated with the Giant holding a big cooking pot with children around him. The story starts by him sitting complaining how hungry he was and how he would ‘wish for a child on a dish’ He remembered about a tale his brother had told him of a beanstalk and a boy known as Jack. Thinking how nice Jack would taste he sets out on a search for Jack. First he sees a group of children playing with a football. They instantly say he is magnificent and tall and if he is able to help to get their ball that was stuck. He got them their ball and they was happy but he said that the children would be scrumptious if eaten with cream for dessert, as soon as he has eaten Jack. So after helping he goes to look for Jack again until he bumps into more children that need help to rescue their cat from a tree, he helps rescue the cat and tells the children that they would be scrumptious if eaten with cream for dessert just as soon as hes found Jack, so off he goes again to look for Jack.
He finds a little boy on the floor who is asking for his help, saying his legs are sore and if he could have a ride with the giant. The giant picks him up and carries him upon his shoulder and the boy tells the giant that he loves him and he is so kind for helping and that his name is Jack. The giant is happy that he has found Jack and says that he will pulp, stew,gulp, chew him and gobble him up all in one bite! Which is when all the children say ‘oh no you wouldn’t’ and nice giants eat cake! The giant is shocked that all the children liked him, they explain that he is a friendly giant as he has rescued a cat from a tree, fetched the ball for them, and gave a ride for Jack so they made him a cake and he ate it all up for his tea!
The Giant of Jum by Elli Woollard can be bought from Amazon
Swashbuckle Lil, The Secret Pirate
We still have to read this book. Because of the lovely weather we have been having, the children have been playing in the garden from coming home from school until bath & bedtime. I’ve tried doing story time, but they have been falling asleep almost the moment their little heads hit their pillows. But I can say we have really enjoyed what we have read so far & I for one am looking forward to this next book.
This book is available from Amazon
The books are suited for the younger readers, the stories are fantastic for them.
More about the author & illustrator
Elli Woollard is an exciting talent on the picture books scene, who started writing stories after an embarrassing incident in which her youngest son broke Michael Rosen’s glasses. In addition to picture books, she also writes children’s poems. Her snappy rhymes, catchy rhythms and witty stories are sure to make her a huge success. The Giant of Jum, her first book for Macmillan, was a hit debut and the start of her winning collaboration with Benji Davies. Elli lives in London with her four children, her husband and two guinea pigs.
Benji Davies is an award-winning children’s illustrator and animation director. Benji has worked on a diverse range of projects, from music videos to animated films, but now creates beautiful, bestselling picture books. His books have sold all over the world in many different languages. In 2014 he was awarded the Oscar’s First Book Prize and was shortlisted for Booktrust’s Best Book Awards and in 2015 he was awarded the WIA Children’s Book Award. His books for Macmillan include Winston was Worried and The Giant of Jum, written by Elli Woollard. Benji lives with his wife in London.
Family Clan recommend these book, we love them.