A World of Magical Books by Elli Woollard: Review

The children never tire of reading and we are constantly on the look out to try new authors. We were sent a package of magical books by Elli Woollard and we just loved them.



The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight

The Story –

Can knights and dragons ever be friends?

Description When a kind young boy helps a strange-looking bird, a beautiful friendship forms. But what these two friends don’t realise is that one is a young knight. . . and the other a young dragon! What will they do when they discover they are enemies and destined to FIGHT?

The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight is a bold, funny and heartwarming story from a perfect picture book pairing; the uniquely talented Elli Woollard and award-winning Benji Davies.

What we thought –

We loved this books. It was all about adventure and knights and the best part of the story was when the knight and dragon became friends which is often like real life. We shouldn’t tarnish everyone with the same brush. The illustrations are bright and I love Elli’s rhyming pattern that helps keep children even more engaged.


The Giant of Jum

A hungry giant meets a boy called Jack. . .

“Fee!” he said, and “Fi!” he said, and “Fo!” he said and “Fum!”

Look out children, the Giant of Jum is grumpy and hungry and he’s off in search of a tasty snack. And the tastiest of all is a boy called Jack! But Jack and his friends don’t see a scary giant, they see a magically tall man – a man who can fetch lost balls and rescue cats from trees! Perhaps this hungry giant is softer than he seems…

An incredible rhyming text and a brilliant, big-hearted twist on a classic fairy tale, from the uniquely talented author and poet, Elli Woollard, and awardwinning illustrator, Benji Davies.

The Giant of Jum also contains an important message for all: don’t eat kids, eat cake!

 What we thought  –

Another winner from Elli. This book was a fun read and the children loved the twist on the Jack and the Beanstalk story. They enjoyed it and thought it was a great read. Again the illustrations are engaging and attractive and we loved the rhyme scheme.


Swashbuckle Lil The Secret Pirate 

Meet Swashbuckle Lil, an ordinary girl with an extraordinary imagination!

Description Lil is a pirate, a good sort of pirate, and when there is someone to save, she’ll do what is right (if it takes her all night). Yes, she’ll always be bold and be brave.

When evil pirate Stinkbeard tries to kidnap Lil’s teacher, it’s up to schoolgirl and secret pirate, Lil, to come to the rescue. In story two it’s sports day, but there’s a very hungry croc on the loose. Can Lil and her trusty parrot, Carrot, scare Stinkbeard and his pet croc away?

Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate, by author Elli Woollard and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, is the first in an exciting series with two rip-roaringly rhyming, brilliantly illustrated stories in each book which make the perfect transition from parent-led to independent reading.

What we thought –

The children loved this being read to them but Ethan was able to read it on his own and enjoyed it immensely. Though it is a longer book, it still keeps to a rhyming pattern and is a lovely book to read. There are actually 2 stories in the book and both are enjoyable. We loved the character of Lil who keeps getting into trouble despite that she is trying to save people from Stinkbeard. This book by Elli proves that she is an author for children of all ages. We can’t wait for Book 2 to be out.

Disclosure: We were sent the above books for review. All ideas and opinions are my own. 

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