Mrs Vyle by James Hallsworth Review


Reviewed by Nicola Mccallum

Mrs Vyle, a truly horrid tale where children should be eaten and not heard, is the type of book which would jump out to my three boys who are aged between 4 and 6. Upon seeing the front cover of this my boys were interested already asking questions before the first page was turned.

The story follows that of Mrs Vyle, a teacher who is not is all that she seems and one girl Molly who refuses to believe what her other classmates are telling her until she sees it for herself. By then it is almost too late, but to the rescue come the dinner ladies who save the day.

This book is aimed at 4-8 year olds so I had expected that this book would be a book that my sons would be able to read to themselves. This book is a tale which I believe is intended to be read by a grown up to a child and there is a lot of text and complex words.  While the text and pictures create good imagery on the page it is also a bit difficult for a child to follow. As I was reading this to my eldest while he was enjoying the story he struggled to see the text I was reading next. I feel that book could be aimed at children aged 3+.

This book was thoroughly enjoyed by all my boys and really captured their imagination given they enjoy green monsters and they loved the fact the monster ate the children before the dinner ladies had to come to the rescue. As a parent I understood why they enjoyed the story but felt a little disappointed with the story itself. I was a little concerned that the feeling behind the story was not to trust your teachers but to listen to what your friends are saying and not to ignore them.

This book is illustrated by Helen Braid who has done a wonderful job in bringing Mrs Vyle to life. The book is filled to the brim with lots of bright illustrations and in my opinion the highlight of the book. My three boys enjoyed studying each page and we spoke about each picture in great detail often going off on a tangent as they discussed what Mrs Vyle must really be like.

While this book really captured the attention of three boys the content of it disappointed me a little. I also believe that this book should be aimed at younger children as it was too advanced for a child who is beginning to learn to read.  Priced at £6.99 it is a little bit more expensive than some of the other titles available on the market.

Overall I would give this book 3 out of 5. While it was a book my children enjoyed, in particularly enjoying the illustration I found I was a little disappointed with the content of the story itself.

Rating: 3/5

RRP: £4.99 (Paperback) / £1.99 (Kindle)

Available to buy from Amazon here.

3 Star


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