The Secret Life of Moles (and their friends)

Written by Liz Burgess

Storyline:Liz Burgess has always held a keen interest in nature, especially small furry mammals! Long fascinated by their secret activities at home in her own back garden, and the fields surrounding it, she decided to explore this special underground world, and find out more about moles and their other little friends.

Thoughts from a seven-year-old:

I like it how there’s like south and north we’re okay but east and west were dangerous, or at least that’s what his family said.. but he like goes his own way and tries going under the wall. That was very brave of him. I didn’t understand all the names that they called things. I am not a Hbean, It was weird. It was a very long story, it was okay but it wasn’t my favourite. Very, very long.. there weren’t too many pictures in it, but they were okay kind of drawn and they are just black and white with no color so that wasn’t too fun, but the drawing of the owl was pretty cute.

This book is written as a chapter book. There are 14 chapters in the book, and although they are short ‘chapters’ they’re still quite long for a children’s book. The pictures are small field sketches of little creatures with what looks like is just a black pen, so the pictures didn’t seem to keep my child interested in the story. She lost total interest by chapter six and kept asking if I was almost done reading it.. it was quite difficult to read with the made up words for the animals (I get it, since it seems they wouldn’t know what we would name them) but it made it weird to read and hard for my child to understand, she kept asking “what’s an Hbean? Wait what’s a climbing fox?” So that halted the story a few times. Overall it was a very long and although interesting books with a few facts thrown in, it just wasn’t a book that keeps a child’s attention

I rate this book 

4/10 for story and 7/10 for illustrations


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