Kid’s Book Review: What You Need to be Warm

Kid’s Book Review: What You Need to be Warm

About the Book

Writing legend Neil Gaiman asked his Twitter followers: What reminds you of warmth? Over 1,000 responses later, Neil began to weave replies from across the world into a poem in aid of the UNHCR’s winter appeal. It reveals our shared desire to feel safe, welcome and warm in a world that can often feel frightening and lonely.

This hardback edition published by Bloomsbury features illustrations by a group of artists from around the world including Chris Riddell, Benji Davies, Yuliya Gwilym, Nadine Kaadan, Daniel Egnéus, Pam Smy, Petr Horácek, Beth Suzanna, Bagram Ibatoulline, Marie-Alice Harel, Majid Adin and Richard Jones, with a thought-provoking cover from Oliver Jeffers.

Sales of every copy of this book will help support the work of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, which helps forcibly displaced communities and stateless people across the world.

As our young reviewer says ‘this made me realise how lucky I am and how others are not so lucky.’ As the temperatures drop we urge you to get a copy of this book, to read and to share and to support those less fortunate than ourselves.

Neil Gaiman has written highly acclaimed books for both children and adults and is the first author to have won both the Carnegie and Newbery Medals for the same work – The Graveyard Book. The L.A. Times has described his multi-million-selling graphic novel series Sandman as ‘the greatest epic in the history of comic books’.

Many of his books, including Coraline and Stardust, have been made into films; Neverwhere has been adapted for TV and radio; American Gods and Good Omens have been adapted into major TV series.

He has also written two amazing episodes of Doctor Who and appeared in The Simpsons as himself. In 2013 he published his first adult novel for seven years, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which received stellar reviews and was a bestseller around the world.

Book Review

I think that everyone should read this book to make them realise how lucky they are

This book made me think how lucky I am that I am always warm and how others are not as lucky. After reading the story I asked my mum about how refugees come into the different counties, and she told me some come over in little boats some walk for miles and others hide in lorries.I think all of those people must be very scared not only the children but the adults too.

The pictures in this book are very clever. At the back of the book the artists talk about why they drew them the way they did thinking about different situations. But when I was reading the book

I imagined something different, as I have not been through what lots of other people have.

I think that everyone should read this book to make them realise how lucky they are.

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Alternatively, we suggest that you visit your local library and request to borrow a copy from a friendly librarian.

Whichever you choose, we hope you enjoy being part of your unique reading community – happy reading everyone!


Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Storm
  • Age: 8 years
  • Likes: Harry Potter, dancing and karate
  • Dislikes: wasps
  • Favourite Book: Barb the Brave by Dan & Jason
  • Favourite Song: Oi! New Kid from Matilda the musical
  • Favourite Film: Descendants