Kid’s Book Review: Within My Branches

Kid’s Book Review: Within My Branches

About the Book and Author/Illustrator

Telling the life story of a single tree, and of all the creatures that have nestled in its branches, this book is an exquisitely illustrated, beautifully designed work of art pubished in the UK by Pushkin Press.

Children and adults alike cannot but admire the details of the intricate black and white illustrations whilst pausing to reflect on the positive impact the natural world (trees in particular) has on life, wherever they grow.

The concept of the tree’s journey and ‘after-life’ is one that could start some interesting conversations within family and school settings.


Nicolas Michel

Born in Aix-en-Provence, Nicolas Michel is a novelist and journalist. He grew up and studied in the South of France, before moving to Finland and Uganda. Within My Branches is his first picture book.

Sarah Ardizzone is a translator from the French with 50-something titles to her name. Her work spans picture books, graphic novels and travel memoirs as well as children’s, young adult and literary fiction.

Book Review

Amazing! I love this book!

Mum says: Georgia really enjoyed hearing all of the stories the tree had to tell about what it had experienced throughout its long life. The full-page illustrations and small amount of text on each page encouraged her to read the book herself.

She likes the use of descriptive language and the beautiful illustrations. Her favourite part is that the tree’s life didn’t end, it was transformed in to new things that would continue to experience lots more.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Georgia
  • Age: 6 years
  • Likes: Gymnastics, swimming and dancing
  • Dislikes: Big spiders and unkind people
  • Favourite Movie: Matilda the Musical
  • Favourite Song: Never Gonna Not Dance Again by P!NK
  • Favourite Book: Goodbye Mog by Judith Kerr