Thursday, 8 February 2018

Book Review: Number The Stars

NUMBER THE STARS by Lois Lowry
2 Stars
Verdict: Holocaust story suitable for children.


This is a young children's book set in Denmark during the second world war. It's purpose is to educate the young about the holocaust, and tells the story of a young girl's family helping to save another young girl and their family.

I'll be honest. I only read this because I was waaay behind on my reading challenge, and I knew it was a short book. I needed a speedy read, and that's what I got. Besides, it was by the author of The Giver and has won awards so it sounded like a good choice to broaden my reading horizons with.

I knew it would be simple, but I hoped it would still be entertaining like Coraline, or unexpected like The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, or relevant to all ages like A Monster Calls. Unfortunately, I didn't think it was entertaining or unexpected. The tone was very young, and it's not written in a way that can be appreciated when you're older - no quirks, no suspense, no added sugar.

It was okay because it was short. If I'm really honest, it was dull and dry. It had a purpose, which it fulfils very well, but it's not a read I'd recommend, especially if you're over the age of 10.

Source: Bought it to complete my 2017 reading challenge.