Lovely Sam Missingham of Lounge Marketing recently invited me to act as an expert blogger for an author group she runs where I was delighted to ‘meet’ Nick Jones, author of the children’s book Sarah’s Shadow. Nick kindly sent me a copy of Sarah’s Shadow in return for an honest review.
Sarah’s Shadow is available for purchase here.
If you could change something about yourself, would you do it?
When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn’t have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true.
But will losing her shadow really make her happy?
My Review of Sarah’s Shadow
When Sarah wishes away her shadow she realises you sometimes don’t want what you wish for after all!
Sarah’s Shadow is utterly delightful. Firstly I must say something about the quality of its production. A generous size, Sarah’s Shadow is printed on thick paper that will be durable for many, many readings and feels like a luxury product. The illustrations by Si Clark are really super and bring life and added depth to the narrative. I thought the balance of text to image was perfect.
The story of Sarah’s Shadow is a lovely one. Beginning with teasing in the playground it will afford excellent discussions about how we might deliberately, or inadvertently, hurt another person’s feelings and I think will bring considerable comfort to children on the receiving end of bullying, especially when the final message of the story is that Sarah has a fantastic quality that is part of her regardless of what other people think. As Sarah also goes on a school trip that holds some anxieties for her, I think reading Sarah’s Shadow would give primary age children the opportunity to express any similar fears they may have too, making this a book that does much more than merely entertain – which it also does brilliantly.
With carefully crafted dialogue, and a variety of sentence length which models excellent writing practices so that children learn from their reading, the language of Sarah’s Shadow is simple enough for children to read independently, but would be a lovely story to share as a bedtime read with an adult. Parents beware though – I actually got a lump in my throat when Sarah’s shadow waved goodbye to her so sadly.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sarah’s Shadow because it’s a book written for children by someone who obviously understands them completely and who is a cracking story-teller into the bargain. I can’t recommend Sarah’s Shadow highly enough. Brilliant stuff.
About Nick Jones
Nick Jones is an author based in Congleton, Cheshire, but originally from Bristol. He has written a series of joke books and an illustrated children’s book.
His first joke book, Gagged and Bound, was written during the summer of 2014 and was published by Full Media Ltd later in the year to much critical acclaim, garnering positive reviews from numerous book review websites such as Reader’s Favorite and The Bookbag.
A follow-up, Gagged and Bound 2, was released a year later and received a similarly positive response, and in 2017 Nick returned with the third instalment. Described by one reviewer as a ‘master gagsmith’, Nick’s joke style is heavily pun-based and has been compared to Tim Vine, Milton Jones and Stewart Francis.
Nick has also written an illustrated children’s book called Sarah’s Shadow, which was published in December 2017.