Kid’s Book Review: Sidney Makes a Wish

Kid’s Book Review: Sidney Makes a Wish

About the Book and Author

Sidney Makes a Wish is a sweet illustrated story about friendship created by Lisa Thompson and Jess Rose, published by Barrington Stoke in their Little Gem collection.



Sidney Makes a Wish
Lisa Thompson author

Lisa Thompson is a children’s novelist and the author of the best-selling The Goldfish Boy, The Light Jar and The Day I Was Erased. Lisa’s novels have been nominated for several prestigious awards including the Carnegie Medal, the Branford Boase Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

Jess Rose is an Author, Illustrator and Designer born and raised in Yorkshire. She loved to draw from a very young age. At University she studied print and pattern and went onto work in design. Her love for storytelling has always been there, using pictures to create the stories from her imagination.

Book Review

It shows you don’t need lots of things to have friends - you just need to be you

I liked this story about Sidney who made wishes that he thought his old friend would want and that is why they didn’t come true.

I don’t think Billy was very nice really but at least Sidney made a new friend in the end and I think Carrie would be a good friend.

I don’t think it was fair that Billy ignored Sidney but at least in the end he got his real wish which was just to have a friend. If he really thought about it at the beginning he would not need to have spent all his coins.

It shows you don’t need lots of things to have friends – you just need to be you.
The pictures are really colourful and fun I like those too.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Storm
  • Age: 6 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