Kid’s Book Review: Featherlight

Kid’s Book Review: Featherlight

About the Book and Author

This captivating fantasy story for readers aged 7-11 years by Peter Bunzl stirs up magic, myth and is a tribute to the natural world. As with all books for readers of this age published by Barrington Stoke it contains black and white illustrations (by Evan Hollingdale). The story is printed on yellowed paper using in a dyslexia-friendly typeface and layout. If you scroll down you will see we have included a couple of pages so you can see the lovely illustrations and read the  first page of the opening chapter,

When the lighthouse no longer shines, what else has the power to guide you to shore? Deryn’s father is the lighthouse keeper on Featherstone Island, keeping the lantern lit to protect passing boats from the treacherous rocky coastline. But when an emergency arises and her parents have to travel to the mainland for help, Deryn is left alone to keep watch over the lighthouse, and she finds herself in a terrible situation when the lamp runs out of oil during a wild storm. With a fishing boat in peril on the sea, and time running out to rescue those on board, Deryn seeks help from an unusual source. Will she be able to keep the lantern lit through the dark, dangerous night?

Featherlight cover

Peter Bunzl started his career as an animator and film-maker working on everything from commercials to BAFTA-winning children’s TV programmes. He is now best known as the award-winning and bestselling children’s author of the Cogheart series. Peter’s debut novel, Cogheart, was nominated for several prestigious awards including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Branford Boase Award and the Carnegie Medal.



Book Review

I like this book because it is about how nature can help us if we help it

This book is about a girl called Deriyn who gets left alone at a lighthouse when a terrible storm happens. Luckily her grandma is with her. What follows is a thrilling and magical tale. I like this book because it is about how nature can help us if we help it.

I love all the characters, but especially Deriyn because she is so determined to save the birds and the people. I enjoyed looking at the illustrations and they really helped to picture the world the author has created.

I would recommend this book to ages 7 to 10. I give this book 9.5 stars out of 10.


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Arthur junior blogger
  • Name: Arthur
  • Age: 9 years
  • Likes: Lego, maths and pepperoni pizza
  • Dislikes: eggs and mushrooms
  • Favourite Book: All of them!
  • Favourite Film: Paddington
  • Favourite Song: Everything is Awesome!!! by Tegan and Sara