Kid’s Book Review: April’s Garden

Kid’s Book Review: April’s Garden

About the Book and Author and Illustrator

This story is about a child called April whose life is turned upside down when she has to move home with her mummy. The disruption make her feel sad, cross and lonely. But things improve when some seeds she planted begin to grow…

Isla McGuckin is a dreamer and a writer and the proud mother of daughters. Endlessly optimistic, Isla believes that words have the power to open hearts, change minds and make the world a better place. Born and raised in urban Yorkshire, Isla is now based in rural Donegal.

Catalina Echeverri was born in Botogá Colombia, and now lives in London. Before settling in the UK, Catalina spent time in Italy, studying graphic design. In Cambridge she studied children’s book illustration and has worked in children’s publishing ever since. Having illustrated more than 20 books in various countries, Catalina is never without her sketchbook and loves to take inspiration from everyday life. She particularly enjoys working on projects that have a positive impact on people’s lives.


Book Review

There was lots to look at in the pictures

Winter: When I first looked at the book I liked the bright colours of the flowers, the story was about a little girl called April who had to leave her home and move someone new. She didn’t know anyone and didn’t like it.

Her mum tried to make her happy but nothing worked. It then was about planting her seeds and hoping to watch them grow. In the end when they moved house the seeds had started to grow. There was lots to look at in the pictures. After we have read the book me and mum talked about how it feels to move house and what it might be like.

Mum: This picture book has a hidden meaning. It tells the story of a family having to start out again. They movie to shared accommodation and then into their new place, and it describes the emotions that come with that upheaval and how the children are effected. Some of the illustrations were quite dark to fit the mood to start with and then ending with bright colours and flowers. The story opens up conversations with young children about emotions and feelings and how they would feel in these situations.

It finishes with a happy ending and is a reminds us of the positive effects that nature can have on our well being.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Winter
  • Age: 5 years
  • Likes: Make-up, dresses and baking
  • Dislikes: The Grinch and hiccups
  • Favourite Book: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Favourite Film: Tangled
  • Favourite Song: Green Green Grass by George Ezra