I was very lucky to be sent a reading copy of Charlotte Lo’s book We Won an Island by Nosy Crow Books. I was very excited – the blurb made it sound like exactly the sort of book I would have loved as a child and as you may have noticed I am still very fond of children’s books!
When Luna’s family win an island, Luna thinks it will solve everything AND she can finally get a donkey! But things don’t go entirely to plan – no one expects Luna’s younger brother to win a Sheep Pageant, for example – and the secret festival they hold soon spirals out of control. But the island is beautiful, and the family are happy, and maybe Luna will get her donkey after all…
I read this book last Sunday sat in the shade by the stream and it was the perfect setting for it. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I loved the book. The idea of escaping to an island is obviously wonderful and I thought it was very well written. The childrren knew exactly what they wanted and just worked for it – no matter how unlikely success might seem.
Of course, they had their setbacks – not least their Father’s depression. I thought the author portrayed this really well and in a way young children could understand, without becoming too overwhelming or scary.
As a child this book would have sat very nicely on my shelf with Enid Blyton and I have no doubt I would have re-read it many times. This is a wonderful escapist read and perfect for the summer holidays.
We Won and Island by Charlotte Lo
Publisher: Nosy Crow