Kid’s Book Review: Willow Wildthing and the Shooting Star

Kid’s Book Review: Willow Wildthing and the Shooting Star

About the Book and Author

This is the third book in the Willow Wildthing series of magical adventures for readers aged 7 – 11 years, written by Gill Lewis and illustrated by Rebecca Bagley. You can find out about the earlier two books on the publisher’s website Oxford University Press.


When readers open this book they enter a world where magic and nature collide, where magical creatures can be found and where strange powers are at work.

In this story the Wild Things – a group of children who have taken on the characteristics of the wild creatures they are named after – find that their camp has been destroyed by a flood.

If only it would stop raining, then, perhaps, they could enjoy the meteor shower and the wishes that they make on the shooting stars would come true…


Willow Wildthing cover
Gill Lewis author

Before she could walk, Gill Lewis was discovered force-feeding bread to a sick hedgehog under the rose bushes. Now her stories reflect her passion for wild animals in wild places. She draws inspiration from many of the people she has had the fortune to meet during her work as a vet, both at home and abroad. Gill has a masters degree in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University and won the 2009 course prize for most promising writer.

Visit her website to discover more of her fabulous books for children of all ages who will love them, especially if they like animals and nature.

Rebecca Bagley is a freelance illustrator and book designer. After Graduating from a BA in Graphic Communication, Rebecca meandered pretty quickly into kid’s publishing as an assistant designer…and just didn’t leave. Though she still designs stuff for children’s publishing from time to time, she is mostly busy being an illustrator, which involves drawing and colouring things in, like a real grown up!

Book Review

Sometimes I felt like I was in the book; especially when they camped - it felt like I was camping too

This book is an adventurous one. It seemed fun and exciting in the wilderness; everything was perfect until the rain… luckily Willow and her friends Mouse, Bear, Hare Fox and Raven, along with dog Sniff, managed to rebuild their beloved flooded river camp and find Fox’s nan’s precious telescope. And of course, Willow’s wish on a shooting star for Freddie (her brother) to get better, came true.

The pictures brought the story to life and sometimes I felt like I was in the book; especially when they camped – it felt like I was camping too.
When you finish the book, be sure to look at the back for the Explorer Bread recipe!

Mum says: This is a fab. story about a group of young friends exploring their local wilderness and imaginations together. Eva was captivated throughout the story. The language used in book was accessible for her age group, with a little stretch!

She loved the pictures, particularly the map at the beginning, which she kept referring to throughout the book. As well as pictures of the children themselves, as she enjoyed trying to work out who was who. She loved this story and the style of book so much we’ll be buying the next in the series.

Page Preview

If you would would like to buy a copy of the book we invite you to order it from your local independent book shop.

Or, you can shop on-line and support our Kids Reviews page by sourcing your discounted book via this link

Please Buy Here

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: Eva
  • Age: 7 years
  • Likes: singing and dancing, baking and being creative
  • Dislikes: not winning!
  • Favourite Book: Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • Favourite Film: Frozen