Kid’s Book Review: Lottie the Little Wonder

Kid’s Book Review: Lottie the Little Wonder

About the Book, Author and Illustrator

Lottie the Little Wonder  is one of the Little Gem stories published by Barrington Stoke designed for emerging readers and printed on dyslexia-friendly coloured paper. It was written by Katherine Woodfine and contains beautiful illustrations by Ella Okstad.

This story is inspired by the athlete Lottie Dodd, the first great heroine in women’s sports. Dod was a champion tennis player, golfer, hockey player, tobogganist, skater, mountaineer, and archer. She was also a first-rate musician, performing numerous choral concerts in London in the 1920s and 1930s, including in a private performance before the King and Queen.


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. Katherine is the author of another Little Gem we reviewed about a painter. The story is called  Elizabeth and the Box of Colours

Ella Okstad is a children’s book illustrator based in Trondheim, Norway. Ella graduated from Kent Institute of Art and Design Maidstone, UK in 2000 and I have been working as a freelancer ever since. She works with publishers and design agencies in Norway, UK and US.

Book Review

Lottie had to overcome lots of challanges to get to the finals

This book was really special because it was based on a real person, so some of it is true. I enjoyed reading the book knowing this.

My favourite part was when the main character Lottie snuck out of the window to go to the championship match. She got all the way to the finals and won second place, that is impressive! The reason why she had to sneak out is because her mum wanted them to stay together and this made Lottie angry. Lottie had to overcome lots of challanges to get to the finals. This made the story very interesting to read which I enjoyed.

Most children who like sports and drama and fiction books will like it because its all about how playing sports makes you happy and to fulfil your dreams even if there are lots of challanges.

The illustrations are colourful and I liked how they are detailed to show what the characters look like.

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Reviewer Profile

Muhammad Yusuf
  • Name: Muhammad Yusuf
  • Age: 8 years
  • Likes: Football, Lego and reading
  • Dislikes: getting ouches and spicy food
  • Favourite Book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Favourite Song: You Are My Sunshine
  • Favourite Film: Zootopia