Kid’s Book Review: Jack Splash

Kid’s Book Review: Jack Splash

About the Book

Jack really wants to impress his diving coach dad … there’s just one problem. Jack is the worst diver in the worst diving team in Damp Bottom, England. But when a new kid starts at school with magic swimming skills and an eagerness to share tips, Jack’s luck might be about to change.

But when Jack’s new friend gets into trouble – and the fate of a secret world hangs in the balance – it’s up to Jack and the rest of his diving crew to save the day. Sometimes it’s not about winning, it’s about helping your friends when they need it the most, it’s about team work…

Olympian multi-gold medal winning diver Tom Daley OBE needs little introduction. Besides being a parent Tom is an athlete, presenter, LGBTQ rights campaigner and knitter. Jack Splash is his first book for children.

Simon James Green is an author and screenwriter. His middle-grade books include Sleepover Takeover (winner of InspiRead 2023), Life of Riley: Beginner’s Luck, which was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award and Finn Jones Was Here, (long listed for UKLA Book Award). He has also written two picture books – Llama Glamarama and Fabulous Frankie – both illustrated by Garry Parsons. His young adult novels include  Gay Club! (nominated for the YOTO Carnegie Medal 2023), and Boy Like Me (nominated for the YOTO Carnegie Medal 2024).

Luna Valentine Luna is a Polish children’s book illustrator, living in Nottingham, UK. She works digitally, finding inspiration in folk tales, video games, cute Japanese food, under her bed and other places nobody thinks to look. Her art has been described as humorous, quirky and colorful. At Nottingham Trent University she studied Graphic Design and went on to receive her Masters in Illustration

Book Review

I loved it! It's one of my favourite books

Mum says: Gracie was hooked from the first chapter. She loved the humour and instantly warmed to the character of Jack and wanted him to succeed as a diver. The intrigue of the ring found at the bottom of the pool in the very early chapters created further interest in the story. The book brought up the subject of bullying and we discussed what Jack could do to help his friend and how bullying made people feel. Georgia’s favourite character was Billy, she laughed aloud at some of the remarks he made.

Her favourite part was the ending because it ended just as she hoped, but hadn’t expected, it would. She said she felt like Jack and Billy were her friends so was disappointed when the story ended and hopes they’ll be back in a second book! We both thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and some nights found it difficult to stop.

Thank you so much for this wonderful book! We’re really going to miss reading it each night together.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Georgia
  • Age: 6 years
  • Likes: Gymnastics, swimming and dancing
  • Dislikes: Big spiders and unkind people
  • Favourite Movie: Matilda the Musical
  • Favourite Song: Never Gonna Not Dance Again by P!NK
  • Favourite Book: Goodbye Mog by Judith Kerr