Kid’s Book Review: The Bravest Word

Kid’s Book Review: The Bravest Word

About the Book and Author

Matt is a football superstar. He can handle anything. Except lately his chest feels empty and his head is screaming. He can’t concentrate in school or enjoy football any more, and he is so, so tired.

When Matt stumbles across an abandoned dog, there’s no doubt in his mind that he has to save him. But maybe the dog isn’t the only one who needs help.

Kate Foster is a children’s author who used to live in England but not lives in Australia. She talks sensitively but always positively and sincerely with children, with the help of an interactive PowerPoint, about autism and mental health, encouraging them to understand the internal, invisible struggles others may be having, to recognise behaviours, and how they can be a better friend to those around them, just like our canine buddies.

She shares her own diagnoses with the children with the aim of smashing harmful stereotypes and misinformation, ending stigmas, and passing on my confidence and belief that every child she meets has an important story to tell and deserves to be heard.

Book Review

a touching and powerful story that teaches important lessons about courage, friendship, and acceptance

The Bravest Word by Kate Foster is a heartwarming story about a young boy named Matt who faces challenges with bravery and resilience. I would probably recommend this book for readers aged 7-10 but really anyone can read it. Throughout the story, readers are taken on a journey through Matt’s struggles and triumphs as he navigates his way through school and friendships.

The author does a fantastic job of portraying Matt’s experiences and emotions with sensitivity and authenticity. The characters are interesting and relatable, and the plot is engaging and makes you think about things you possibly hadn’t considered before.

Overall, “The Bravest Word” is a touching and powerful story that teaches important lessons about courage, friendship, and acceptance. If I’m honest I wasn’t able to enjoy this book to its full potential because I found it a little too easy a read and prefer a story that challenges me. However,  I highly recommend this book to young readers who enjoy stories about overcoming obstacles and finding your voice.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Charlotte
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: rock climbing, Greek mythology and sushi
  • Dislikes: anchovies, maths and dolls
  • Favourite Book: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  • Favourite Film: Barbie
  • Favourite Song: Six (from the musical)