Kid’s Book Review: Elizabeth and the Box of Colours

Kid’s Book Review: Elizabeth and the Box of Colours

About the Book and Author

This is one of the Little Gem stories published by Barrington Stoke. It was written by Katherine Woodfine and contains beautiful illustrations by Rebecca Cobb as you can see some of the photos we have included below. This touching story is inspired by the childhood of French portrait artist Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun.

Elisabeth loves to paint, just like her papa. She spends hours making her own pictures of everything she sees – and the more colourful, the better!

But when she goes away to school, she finds herself in a world of grey: grey buildings, grey uniforms, grey rooms. She misses Papa and all the colours of home. And one winter morning, she gets some terrible news that makes her days darker than ever before. Will Elisabeth be able to find the colour and joy in her life again?

Elizabeth and the Box of Colours cover
Katherine Woodfine author portrait

Katherine Woodfine is the bestselling author of several books for children, including the Sinclair’s Mysteries series and the Taylor and Rose Secret Agents series. Katherine has been nominated for several prestigious awards, including the Branford Boase Award, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Carnegie Medal.

Rebecca Cobb is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator. Her books include The Something and Missing Mummy. She has illustrated titles for bestselling authors including Julia Donaldson, Nicola Davies and Richard Curtis.

Book Review

The pictures in the book are beautiful. I loved the 'spot the differences' activity at the start, it was fun to do

I LOVED this book very much! The front cover is really colourful and Elisabeth is painting a gorgeous house. I love the way rainbow colours are used to write the word ‘colours’. I thought I would like this book when I saw it because I love art and bright colours.

At the start I thought the story was a bit sad because Elisabeth had to leave her family and go to boarding school and I didn’t like it when she was feeling grey and sister Augustine didn’t let her use her crayons. I liked it when the other girls were kind and she got the crayons and she could draw with colour. It made me happy when she became an artist.

The pictures in the book are beautiful. I loved the ‘spot the differences’ activity at the start, it was fun to do.

One of my favourite things about this book is the information at the end about Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun. I have never heard of her before but this information is really interesting and after reading it I asked my mummy if we could ‘Google her artwork. I have been learning about the work of Lowry at school but now I will be able to tell my class about the work of Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun too.

I have really enjoyed reading and learning from this book. I now want to read more books by Katherine Woodfine.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Emaan
  • Age: 6 years
  • Likes: swimming, crafts, and fun fairs
  • Dislikes: bananas and spiders
  • Favourite Book: The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton
  • Favourite Film: Shark Tale
  • Favourite Song: Into the Unknown (from Frozen 2)