Kid’s Book Review: Meg and Merlin – Running Away

Kid’s Book Review: Meg and Merlin – Running Away

About the Book and Author

Running Away is the third story about Meg and her pony Merlin. These illustrated stories for readers aged 7 year+ are written by Tanya Landman and published by Barrington Stoke.

Meg and her new friend Sam Houseman meet up to take their horses out on a hack, but after a lovely day in the countryside, Meg gets lost while making her way home. Then things take a dangerous turn when Merlin gets spooked and takes off, galloping straight towards a main road … Can Meg get him back under control before disaster strikes?

Meg and Merlin - Running Away cover

Tanya Landman author photo

Tanya Landman is renowned for her thought-provoking, prize-winning novels including the beautifully “deft and dark”, Carnegie Medal-winning Buffalo Soldier. In 2019 she won the Scottish Teenage Book Prize for her critically acclaimed novella One Shot. Tanya says that she loves how writing allows her to daydream – something she was always in trouble for at school!

Sonia Albert is an illustrator from Mataró, a Mediterranean city near Barcelona. She graduated from the Children’s Book Illustration MA at Cambridge School of Art in 2020.


Book Review

Who doesn’t like horses and adventures?

I liked this book, who doesn’t like horses and adventures?  This book has both.
I liked the part where Meg and Merlin went out on a picnic and then she dropped the phone when she was lost but she didn’t panic even when she was running to towards the road.
The fact the horse knew the way home in the end was very cleaver just shows how smart animals are.
The pictures in the book shows how much they love each other and shows their bond and how much they trust each other which is good.
I am going to use my pocket money to buy Meg and Merlin Show Off so I can continue to read about their adventures together.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Storm
  • Age: 7 years
  • Likes: mermaids, fairies and space
  • Dislikes: mushrooms and wasps
  • Favourite Book: The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  • Favourite Song: Mother Knows Best (Tangled)
  • Favourite Film: We Can Be Heros