Kid’s Book Review: Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City

Kid’s Book Review: Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City

About the Book and Author / Illustrator

This is the first title in a new adventure series for boys and girls aged 8 – 12 years by creative superstar Rob Biddulph, who is responsible for getting the Nation drawing during lockdown with his #DrawWithRob interactive social media campaign.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the author’s passion, the lead character in this book ‘Peanut Jones’ loves to draw too, but unfortunately it seems that art can’t fix her problems. Her dad has gone missing, and she’s stuck in a boring new school. But one day she finds a unique pencil turbo-charged with special powers. Suddenly she’s pulled into a world packed with more colour, creativity, excitement and danger than she could ever have imagined. And maybe, just maybe, she might find out what happened to her dad…

We send our thanks to Macmillan (the publishers) for sending us a copy for one of our young book reviewers to consider. Lottie describes it as, “an adventure story about friendship and working together” and she recommends it as “a good read”.

Peanut Jones cover
Rob Biddulph and Ringo

Rob Biddulph is an author and illustrator of a large number of picture books for young children. He has also illustrated books for a number of other authors.  Peanut Jones is his first book for older children. If you click on our PJ’s link you will find a webpage dedicated to this title which includes materials you can download for creative activities.

And if you want to check the rest of his books please visit his website.

Book Review

The author gets the right level of humour, awkwardness and truth and this is echoed throughout the whole book with the way the characters interact with each other

When I received this book I was so excited – Rob Biddulph – who had helped me through lockdown with the drawing videos and the world record challenge and now he’s written a book! In summary this is an adventure story about friendship and working together and I would say it is a good read.

When I started reading the book I got really in to it and the illustrations are a wonderful addition to the story.
The characters are strong and well thought through.

I love Rockwell because he’s so kind to Peanut and his character is kind of relatable.One of my favourite moments in this book is when Peanut meets Rockwell, because the author gets the right level of humour, awkwardness and truth and this is echoed throughout the whole book with the way the characters interact with each other.

This book did take me a little while to read because it is quite long, but was easy to pick up each time. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to seeing what Rob does next for readers of my age.

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Reviewer Profile

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  • Name: Lottie
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: poetry, baking and outdoors
  • Dislikes: spiders and mushrooms
  • Favourite Book: A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby
  • Favourite Song: Hold On by Chord Overstreet
  • Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince