Kid’s Book Review: Locked Out Lily

Kid’s Book Review: Locked Out Lily

About the Book and Author

This is an atmospheric, slightly unnerving story about a girl called Lily whose life is changing in ways that are beyond her control – she is unwell and now she’s about to become a reluctant sister.

Lily just wants things to go back to the way they were, so when she’s sent away to stay with her grandmother while her mum has the baby, Lily is determined to return her home, expecting to find it empty. But she discovers people at the house who look like her parents, but definitely aren’t … Together with some unlikely animal companions, Lily must face her fears and summon the courage to break into her own house, and defeat ‘The Replacements’ before the night is out.

Nick Lake is the author of this imaginative story about family and friendship and the intricate illustrations that compliment the spooky atmosphere of the text are the work of the award-winning artist Emily Gravett. You can see some examples of her drawings if you scroll down this post.

Locked Out Lily is published by Simon & Schuster, who we thank for sending us a copy for Lucy to read.

Locked Down Lily cover
Nick Lake author

Nick Lake is a children’s book editor at Harper UK. He received his degree in English from Oxford University. His Blood Ninja trilogy was inspired by his interest in the Far East, and by the fact that he is secretly a vampire ninja himself

Emily Gravett is the two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal with Wolves and Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. Her internationally award-winning picture books include Meerkat Mail, Tidy and Old Hat. She has illustrated bestselling fiction, including Matt Haig’s Evie and the Animals and and a recent full-colour edition of Quidditch Through the Ages.

Book Review

the story concept, illustrations and characters are amazing

I think “Locked Out Lily” is a great book; the story concept, illustrations and characters are amazing.

It’s a stunning thriller with beautiful black and white illustrations aimed at older audiences about a girl named Lily, who has a horrible illness, whose parents head to the hospital to give birth to the baby sibling Lily doesn’t want. They leave Lily with her grandmother but she leaves to go back to her own house and finds weird, unwelcoming beings that look like her parents but want her out of the house.

I think the best character is Lily because of her courage to overcome her fears.

It is a well-written and illustrated book that I would certainly recommend and rate five stars.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Lucy
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: Manga, sweets and yoga
  • Dislikes: seafood and stormy weather
  • Favourite Book: Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans
  • Favourite Song: Lie to Me by 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Favourite Film: From Up on Poppy Hill