Kid’s Book Review: Nightbooks

Kid’s Book Review: Nightbooks

About the Book and Author

Now a movie on Netflix this a book about spine-tingling tales by  J. A. White suitable for readers aged 8- 12 years old. Interwoven in the spooky plot are tips for budding writers about how storytelling. You can see some excepts if you scroll down this post.

A boy is imprisoned by a witch and must tell her a new scary story each night to stay alive.
Alex’s hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping the witch Natacha happy, but soon he’ll run out of pages to read from and be trapped forever.
He’s loved scary stories his whole life, and he knows most don’t have a happily ever after.
But now that Alex is trapped in a terrifying tale of his own, he’s desperate for a different ending – and a way out.



Nightbooks cover
J A White

In his own words author J. A. White writes creepy books for children.  The four novels of his Thickety series have received numerous starred reviews and other accolades that make me feel shiny inside. You can find out more about his writing on his website.

Book Review

It is a story about friendship and learning to accept yourself as who you are

Night Books starts when the main character Alex wants to make a new start and be the same as everyone else. Alex is not the same as other people because he loves spooky and scary stories. I felt really sorry for Alex because he didn’t have any friends.

I didn’t really think the book was scary but other people might do, but it was a mysterious story so it was a good book to read around Halloween. It is a story about friendship and learning to accept yourself as who you are, nobody can change that.

I really loved the cat, she starts off as an enemy but to find out more you will have to read the book!

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Reviewer Profile

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