Red Early Reader Owen and the Onion by Maudie Smith Review


Reviewed by Katie Allen

As soon as the book was out of its wrapping my toddler was enthralled. She knew it was her book and she was very proud to have a long story book like a “big girl”.

The story is about Owen who has to look after his Dad’s onion patch while he’s away. One of the main duties of the onion grower is to ward off the ogres in the Winter so they don’t rampage the village.

Owen takes a shine to a particular, special, onion and forgets everything else whilst caring for it. The other onions rot, the ogres come to the village and chaos ensues.

We’ve always read our daughter a story at bedtime but it’s hard to find books that are interesting to read as an adult and that last longer than the baby board or rhyming books. This is a good 10 minutes long and is an interesting read. I genuinely didn’t know what was going to happen.

My daughter loved the story and was kept engaged with it every night for a week – and that’s a ringing endorsement.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £4.99

Available to buy from Hachette Children’s Books here.


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