Kid’s Book Review: The Day No One Woke Up

Kid’s Book Review: The Day No One Woke Up

About the Book and Author

This is a sci-fi style mystery that also describes how friendships can evolve and face periods of ups-and-downs as we grow up.

Confused and curious to find they are the only people awake, Ana and her ex-best friend Tio set off on a mission to discover what’s happening. As they journey through the city looking for clues, their friendship gradually mends. When a mysterious creature suddenly materialises in front of them, Ana realises they’ve found the answer they’ve been looking for.

The Day No One Woke Up cover
Polly Ho Yen author

Polly Ho-Yen used to be a primary school teacher in London and while she was teaching there she would get up very early in the morning to write stories. The first of those stories became her critically acclaimed debut novel BOY IN THE TOWER, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award.

George Ermos is an illustrator, maker, and avid reader from England. He works digitally and loves illustrating all things curious and mysterious. He is always trying to incorporate new artiness from the various world cultures he reads about and explores.

Here is a link to our review of How I Saved the World in a Week which is also published by Simon & Schuster.

Book Review

I liked the way the story showed how friendships can change sometimes

This was the best book I have read recently.
I felt really bad for Ana at first, she seemed to be having a really hard time and I liked the way the story showed how friendships can change sometimes. This seemed particularly important to me right now as I have just changed schools and friendship groups.
I thought at first this was going to be quite a typical school / friendship book so I was surprised at the turn it took.

The concept of everyone being asleep and only those two were awake was very creepy. I really enjoyed their adventure and the new creature they discovered was really cool I liked that it wasn’t just monster = evil.
My favourite character was actually DoDo, she seemed a fun Aunt and her job seemed very interesting.
The case notes were an interesting way to break up the chapters and the extra section at the end was good.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone 9 years +.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Ryan
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: Lego, Dragonball Z and reading
  • Dislikes: Being woken up and losing on computer games!
  • Favourite Book: Tom Gates: Dog Zombie Rules by Liz Pichon
  • Favourite Song: The Final Countdown by Queen
  • Favourite Film: Dragonball Z: Super Battle of the Gods