Kid’s Book Review: Noah’s Gold

Kid’s Book Review: Noah’s Gold

About the Book and Author

This is the first book in brand new series from bestselling children’s author Frank Cottrell-Boyce. It is a hilarious adventure story that will make readers aged 9- 12 years old laugh out loud – according to our ten year old reviewer Ivan, whose genuine feedback you can read if you scroll down this page.

Eleven-year old Noah sneaks along on his big sister’s geography field trip. Everything goes wrong! Six kids are marooned on an uninhabited island. Their teacher has vanished. They’re hungry. Their phones don’t work and Noah has broken the internet so there’s no way of contacting home. Disaster! Or so you might think….

Noah's Gold cover
Frank Cottrell Boyce

Frank Cottrell-Boyce is a children’s novelist and screenwriter who won the Carnegie Medal for his first book – Millions – in 2004 and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for The Unforgotten Coat in 2013. Millions was made into a film by Danny Boyle, for whom Frank went on to work as the writer on the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, 2012.

His other books include Framed (filmed by the BBC), Cosmic and The Astounding Broccoli Boy. He also wrote the three official sequels to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. His short work, The Great Rocket Robbery, was published for World Book Day in 2019 and Runaway Robot, was published by Macmillan.

His films include 24 Hour Party People, God on Trial and Hilary and Jackie and Goodbye Christopher Robin. Frank is also a judge for the 500 Words competition and the BBC’s One Show As You Write It competition.

Steve Lenton is an illustrator and animator who has often illustrated Frank’s books. He has also illustrated the books of David Baddiel and  Tracey Corderoy and the prize-winning series  by Steven Butler The Nothing to See Here Hotel. You can find out more about his work by visiting his website.


Book Review

It made me laugh out loud and sometimes my family would ask me what I was laughing at and I’d have to read bits out to them. That’s how funny it is.

This book is a funny adventure about six children who get stranded on an island in the middle of the sea (and as Dario always reminds them, all islands are in the middle of the sea).

I like how this book points out that a lot of things can go wrong on school trips even though the teachers say nothing will ever go wrong. It makes me quite glad not to have been on a school trip in a long time.

I think this book is good because the chapters are cleverly made by them actually being letters to Noah’s parents and vice versa. The chapters are also funny because they all start with the menu of what they are going to eat eg. ’teeny tiny smoked fish’. In fact all of the book is in letters or group chats, which I think is really clever and makes me wonder who the narrator is. Is it Eve because she is reading the letters or is it Noah? I haven’t read a book like this before.

My favourite character is Mr Merriman, their teacher, who always treats everything like a school trip and does not seem to be bothered that they are stranded on an island in the middle of the sea.

Altogether it is a really funny book. It made me laugh out loud and sometimes my family would ask me what I was laughing at and I’d have to read bits out to them. That’s how funny it is.

The book is illustrated by Steven Lenton and I liked the illustrations because they aren’t too detailed but you can still see what’s going on really well.

The only other book I have read about children on their own on an island is Swallows and Amazons. If you like island adventure books like that you will also like Noah’s Gold but Noah’s Gold is a bit funnier and sillier. My suspicion is that this book is based on Lord of the Flies, which I have not read but apparently it’s about some children who also get stranded on an island but is a bit more serious and scary.

If you like adventure books like Famous Five and Secret Seven you might like this one too. And actually if you like funny books like David Walliams you might also like it. I hope that there might be more books like this because I enjoyed it so much I read it in three days flat!

It’s the sort of book that makes you want to find out what happens next because it has a really good ending so I hope there will be more books in the series.

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Reviewer Profile

Ivan young reviewer
  • Name: Ivan
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: origami, pizza and drawing
  • Dislikes: peas and Donald Trump
  • Favourite Book: Gargantis by Timothy Taylor
  • Favourite Song: Space Oddity by David Bowie
  • Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince