Kid’s Book Review: The Lightening Catcher

Kid’s Book Review: The Lightening Catcher

About the Book and Author

This book for readers aged 9- 12 years is about a boy called Alfie who noticed a few things since his family moved to Folding Ford. He really misses life in the city. He and his sister don’t exactly fit in here. But the most interesting one is that the weather is BONKERS. One frost-covered branch on one tree in the middle of June? A tiny whirlwind in a bucket in the garden? Only in Folding Ford.
Armed with his bike, a notepad and his new best mate Sam, Alfie is going to investigate. His best clue is Nathaniel Clemm … the only thing in town weirder than the weather. When Alfie ‘investigates’ Mr Clemm’s garden, only SLIGHTLY illegally, he finds a strange box that freezes his trainers and makes his teeth tingle. And when he opens it, only SLIGHTLY deliberately, SOMETHING gets out. Something fast, fizzing and sparking with electricity and very, very much alive. But the creature from the box brings trouble of its own, and as barometers and tempers go haywire in Folding Ford, Alfie finds himself at the centre of a perfect storm.

Lightning Catcher cover
Clare Weze

Clare Weze grew up in London and Yorkshire and has British and Nigerian heritage. She writes for both adults and children and has always written around her day job, starting out as a hairdresser in London’s West End, then moving on to a science degree, postgraduate studies and work in the fields of biomedical and environmental research.

Books had a huge effect on her as a child, and her aim is to recreate that sense of discovery in her readers. Writing for children allows her to take her ideas to their ultimate, wildest conclusions.

Her short fiction for adults can be found in Aesthetica, Ad Hoc Fiction, Bare Fiction, Best Microfiction 2019, Bridge House, The Conglomerate, Commonword, The Lascaux Review, Reflex Fiction, Riptide, Short Fiction Journal, Wonderbox and elsewhere. In 2016, she won a Northern Writers’ Award.

Book Review

All the characters and great, unique personalities but my favourite is Lily

I kept resorting to this book for anytime I wanted to read something magnificent, I absolutely loved the main storyline, especially the unexpected ending. I didn’t know what to expect since I’ve never read a book by Clare Weze but I loved it, and would recommend it to anybody above 9 years old.

It’s about a boy called Alfie who finds this strange electric creature with his new friend Sam but it gets him into loads of trouble and he has to find a way to stop it.

There weren’t too many characters but they all had great, unique personalities. I would have to say Lily was my favourite character because of how she would be quite rude to Alfie, but she would make excuses for him.

I loved the classic town setting and all the trouble he got into would be in a different part of his town. I would absolutely recommend and  give it 10/10.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Lucy
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: manga, sweets and yoga
  • Dislikes: seafood and stormy weather
  • Favourite Book: Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans
  • Favourite Song: Lie to Me by 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Favourite Film: From Up on Poppy Hill