Kid’s Book Review: The Queen on Our Corner

Kid’s Book Review: The Queen on Our Corner

About the Book and Author

This picture book could be a gateway to an interesting conversation with young children about homelessness and the people who are visible on the streets of our communities but are frequently ignored. It is written by Lucy Christopher and contains detailed illustrations by Nina Tudor.

Nobody notices the Queen on the corner. Nobody, that is… except one young girl. Through her eyes, the woman who dwells in the abandoned plot is a warrior queen, with many battles fought and won. When, one day, danger comes to the street and the Queen on the corner sounds the alarm, the little girl must find a way to thank her. Can she bring the community together to turn the Queen’s corner into a home?

You can read a Q&A with the author and illustrator on (Lantana) the publisher’s blogsite.

The Queen on Our Corner cover
Lucy Christopher author

Lucy Christoper is the award-winning author of Stolen, Flyaway, The Killing Woods and Storm-Wake. She is Course Director in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, UK, where she holds a PhD in Creative Writing.

Nia Tudor  is a self-taught illustrator based in Swansea, South Wales. She loves to create illustrations that play with colour, light and texture and has a thing for the little details.


Book Review

I love the pictures in the book, they are so colourful and there is lots to look at

From Sophie: My Mummy read me this book. I liked it because the queen protects the street. The little girl was so helpful and kind and noticed the queen when no one else did. I love the pictures in the book, they are so colourful and there is lots to look at. My favourite page is where the queen sits outside at bedtime protecting the street and she is bright in the street light.

From Mum: Sophia and I have read this book several times. She really enjoys the story but takes it very much at face value, like a fairy tale. The deeper message from the book is a bit lost at the moment, but the book is so beautiful that the ‘feelings’ from it are absorbed. I thought this was a lovely introduction to a difficult subject and would be a great book for a class to discuss the topics further.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Sophia
  • Age: 4 years
  • Likes: princesses, playing with my dog and reading books
  • Dislikes: brown flowers and not going to nursery
  • Favourite Book: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Favourite Film: Moanna
  • Favourite Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star