Kid’s Book Review: The Smidgens

Kid’s Book Review: The Smidgens

About the Book and Author

This is the first book in an amusing series for readers aged 7-10 years who like adventures with a twist of magic. Smidgens are creatures who look and sound like miniature humans. They are the creation of David O’Connell whose world has been brought to life by illustrator Set Burnett. The Smidgens is published by Bloomsbury.

Gafferty Sprout is a Smidgen. Generations ago there were lots of Smidgens, living in a maze of tunnels beneath the human village of Dundoodle. But one day they just … disappeared. Now Gafferty, her parents and her little brothers Gobkin and Grub are the only ones left, and the tunnels are forbidden territory. Can she survive?

The Smidgens cover
David O'Connell

David O’Connell is a writer and illustrator who works mostly in children’s books (particularly humorous picture books and young fiction), writing for other illustrators or illustrating for other writers! He likes stories about magic and monsters, especially if they’re silly monsters, and loves making comics too. His favourite sweets are fizzy cola bottles. His other books include The Chocolate Factory Ghost, The Dentist of Darkness and the Revenge of the Invisible Giant.

Seb Burnett wanted to discover a Lost World, so spent his evenings making up stories when he was younger. He now runs an Animation company and works as a director, character designer and illustrator. He also wrote and designed the almost famous Bertram Fiddle Adventure Games which are available on iOS, Xbox and Nintendo Switch. He loves creating weird and eccentric characters and is never without pen and paper to scribble down all the peculiar ideas he has.

Book Review

It is exciting because you never know what is going to happen next

I absolutely loved reading this book and I got into it straight away from the first page.

Basically the plot is that The Smidgens are small people who a human is trying to catch and the Smidgens have to avoid being caught. It is very exciting and there are lots of cliff-hangers, twists and turns. I would describe it as an adventure story with a mysterious twist.

Chapter 4 has a scary title and I had to stop reading it in the dark one night because it got too spooky!

I really liked the illustrations that are plentiful in the book because they are detailed and helped me to picture what was going on in the story.

My favourite character is the rebellious teenage Smidgen who always wants to explore.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading  fun, roller-coaster story that fires their imagination.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Bella
  • Age: 8 years
  • Likes: reading, dancing and drawing
  • Dislikes: spiders and sprouts
  • Favourite Book: Tom Gates: Top of the Class by Liz Pichon
  • Favourite Film: The Order of the Pheonix
  • Favourite Song: I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston