By Author / Illustrator
Katie Clapham, illus Kirsti Beautyman
Little Tiger Press Group
Paperback / softback
A range of simple stories for new readers, with beautiful colour illustrations. Milly loves going to story time at her local bookshop. Mrs Minty is an encyclopedia of books and knows the perfect story for every occasion ... tales of mischievous children and faraway lands, magical beasts and daring adventures. But the bookshop is old and creaky, just like Mrs Minty herself. And then one day Milly arrives to find the shop gone. What has happened to Mrs Minty and her irreplaceable bookshop? A warm and uplifting tale about the importance of stories.
I just adore these Little Tiger short novels. The text is simple and easy to read and well spaced on the pages but the story is at a level that will spark discussion and comparison with real-life experience.
The Missing Bookshop is all about the place a small independent bookshop has in the heart of a community and the value people place on stories. There is a risk it may close down and turn into a coffee shop or other corporate chain store but the community take matters into their own hands and, of course, there is a happy ending.
The illustrations are another hallmark of what this series does so well; they are full colour which is unusual in books of this type. They bring the story to life with their rich, jewel-like tones and make every page a small work of art. They also help disguise the fact that there is not a huge amount of text to overtake a developing reader. It looks like all the other novels classmates will be reading.
More aimed at school libraries and classroom bookcases than gifting, this series is certainly of comparable quality to, if not better than, Oxford or Collins offerings.
96 pages / Reviewed by Wendy Kelly, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 7+