Kid’s Book Review: The Cloud Thief

Kid’s Book Review: The Cloud Thief

About the Book and Author

Imagine a world where it doesn’t rain naturally and you have to purchase a cloud to water the plants and to make rivers flow into seas.

Mara’s village needs more rain. Without it, the crops and animals will suffer. But in a world where clouds are bought and sold, the only way Mara can get one for her poor village is to steal it. But when is it right to do something wrong?

Not only is Mara facing a moral dilemma, she is also rather afraid of the people in charge of delivering clouds and the city where the clouds are made will require her to journey far from home…

James Nicol is a children’s author and part-time librarian. He wrote the best selling Apprentice Witch series as well as The Spell Tailors. Chicken House has published all of James’ recent stories. To find out more about James and his work visit his website, better still invite him to come to your school!

Book Review

My favourite character is Mara because she is brave and determined to help others

I loved this book because it is about nature. My favourite part of the story is when Mara sets off to find a piece of cloud to heal Old Bern, an old man from her village who is poorly.

This book is filled with adventure and joy. My favourite character is Mara because she is brave and determined to help others even when she is afraid.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes nature and wildlife but also to people who like adventure stories.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Pier
  • Age: 8 years
  • Likes: space, mythical creatures and dancing
  • Dislikes: creepy crawlies and pythons
  • Favourite film: Harry Potter series
  • Favourite book: Zombierella by Joseph Coelho
  • Favourite song: Fight Song by Rachel Platten