Kid’s Book Review: The Lorikeet Tree

Kid’s Book Review: The Lorikeet Tree

About the Book and Author

The Lorikeet Tree is a moving story of family, love and loss from Paul Jennings.

Emily loves the bush and the native animals on her family’s reforested property, particularly the beautiful rainbow lorikeets that nest in one of the tallest trees. But then her father is diagnosed with a terminal illness, and Emily’s world enters a tailspin.

Her twin brother, Alex, refuses to accept the truth. His coping mechanism is to build elaborate additions to his treehouse in the superstitious belief that it will avert disaster – leaving Emily to deal with harsh reality on her own.

When Alex secretly adopts a feral kitten, going against everything that’s important to Emily, the siblings’ emotions reach boiling point – with potentially dangerous consequences for them all.

Paul Jennings was born in the U.K. and emigrated to Australia with his parents as a child. He worked as a teacher, lecturer and speech therapist before becoming a full-time writer at the age of 46.

Jennings has written over one hundred stories and has won every Australian children’s choice book award. The top-rating TV series Round the Twist was based on a selection of his enormously popular short story collections such as Unseen!. In 1995 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to children’s literature and he was awarded the prestigious Dromkeen Medal in 2001.

A Different Dog was Paul’s first title to be published by Old Barn Books. It was followed by A Different Boy and A Different Land, which were both longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Book Review

This is a book about life, death and trust

This is a book about life, death and trust. I would recommend it to somebody in the age group of 12 and above. In this book it portrays the sadder side of life, Where Emily’s dad is diagnosed with a brain tumour. His friend who is a doctor comes to see him every day for check-ups however nothing changes. He ends up dying and his ashes are put in the treehouse he made.

If you like cheerful books this is not for you as it portrays death and sadness. Before the dad dies Alex (Emily’s twin brother) gets given a rescue cat to remember his dad by.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Tobi
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: Swimming, high jumps and video games
  • Dislikes: Spiteful people and housework!
  • Favourite Book: Danger Gang by Tom Fletcher