Kid’s Book Review: Brill Kid 2

Kid’s Book Review: Brill Kid 2

About the Book and Author

Parents, teachers, librarians – we recommend this book for your book shelf so kids aged 7 – 11 years can access it. Not only has it been a challenging 24 months this is the age when mental habits are created. So, now is the time to build strong foundations enabling them to be resilient, emotionally intelligent and most importantly for them to feel the AWESOME young people they are. Today and tomorrow.

We love the use of doodle, colours, diagrams and imaginative layout making it more like a diary and less like a text book. If you scroll down this post you will see some examples of the pages we photographed to give you a better idea of what it looks like inside.

Brill Kid 2 encourages rock solid ‘personal development’ with A BIG difference! Andy Cope also wrote ‘Diary of a Brilliant Kid’ and this book picks up where it left off – raising the bar from mental health to mental wealth, enabling young people to flourish in a world that’s hell bent on knocking them sideways. During a global pandemic support such as this that is more important than ever.

It’s about happiness and wellbeing. It tells you how to shine when the world’s a bit dull. It’s about learning to be your best self and hanging in there when the world’s doing its worst. It’s got oodles of content about self-care, kindness and confidence.

Teenagers and adults could learn from this book too, it can be read together and used to prompt conversations.

Thank you to the publishers for sending us a copy of this brilliant book for 10 year old Ivan to review and BIG thanks to Andy Cope for taking the time to answer his questions.


Brill Kid 2
Andy Cope author

Andy is a best-selling children’s author. His ‘Spy Dog’ series has sold in excess of a million copies worldwide and his non-fiction books are frequently on the best-sellers list. ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’, ‘Shine’, ‘The Little Book of Emotional Intelligence’ and ‘Zest’ have all topped the personal development charts. ‘Happiness Route Map’ was nominated as The Independent’s best self-help book of 2018.

For more information about his books and workshops we recommend you visit his website

Book Review

I have never read a self-help book before but Brill Kid 2 really helped me to feel a bit happier

This is the first non-fiction book I have ever reviewed for Books Up North and it is one of my favourites. I have never read a self-help book before but it really helped me to feel a bit happier.

What I liked most about this book is how the chapters all have the same theme (happiness) but always find a different way to represent it. I like how there are quotes by famous fictional characters such as Olaf, Merida and Superman.

The chapters are not called chapters; they are called dollops (I found that hilarious!). My favourite dollop is dollop 4: Lego 4 life because at the start it has a fact about a boy who got a lego brick up his nose! And that’s always funny!

As well as advice to read, this book also has activities to do such as making lists of things you want to get really great at or imagining what Future You might be like. My favourite activity was making up spells to do with things you like.

I enjoyed how bright and colourful the illustrations are; they are very cheerful. I think this book would be very helpful for people who have trouble feeling good about themselves, have low self esteem or just aren’t in a very good mood. Just before I received this book I was feeling a bit gloomy and the moment I started reading it I immediately felt better and couldn’t put it down. I haven’t read the first Brill Kid book but I think I might buy it.

I would say that this book is aimed at ages 6-11, but any age will enjoy it. If you are having trouble feeling happy and need some tips on how to cheer up whilst having a laugh, then try reading this book and the one that comes before it too.

Andy kindly answered some interesting questions from Ivan

Question 1 – Did you ever have trouble feeling happy when you were a child and what did you do to feel better?

I did struggle sometimes. Everyone does. There isn’t a human being on the planet who’s happy ALL the time. My happy place was playing football so if I was feeling a bit low, I’d gather a few mates and have a kick about. Not sure of it was the fresh air, or the exercise or the friendship… but it always cheered me up

Question 2 – How do you make yourself feel happier now you are a grown up?

Same as above! Plus I have a gratitude list. I write 3 things I’m grateful for every day. It has to be a different 3 things every single day, so it keeps me on my toes. I have to be alert to happiness

Question 3 – What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you on self esteem?

Stop trying to be perfect and start being awesome

Question 4 – Have you ever had a friend who has had very low self esteem and how did you deal with it?

Self esteem is short for ‘self-estimation’. Basically, everyone else’s life seems better than ours! I’ve learned to compare me with me. If I’m a little bit of a better person that I was yesterday, I’m heading in the right direction. I’d share that with my friend.

Question 5 – What is the worst thing that has never happened to you and have you ever had Lego stuck up your nose? Once my sister ate Lego and it never came out!

Tell your sister that she really shouldn’t be eating LEGO for breakfast! Worst thing ever, for me, is that I once trod on a mouse trap. In bare feet! Oh, and even more painful, I got badly stung by a jelly fish and someone had to wee on me to take the sting away. Which didn’t work btw…

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Reviewer Profile

Ivan young reviewer
  • Name: Ivan
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: origami, pizza and drawing
  • Dislikes: peas and Donald Trump
  • Favourite Book: Gargantis by Timothy Taylor
  • Favourite Song: Space Oddity by David Bowie
  • Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince