There’s a King in the Cupboard by Margaret Mahy Review


Reviewed by Nicola Linsell

There’s a King in the Cupboard is lovely children’s book aimed at Early Reader, Red Level which caters for children starting to read more independently and taking their next steps on their reading journey.

The storyline for the book explores a new house which Sarah and her small family have just moved into where things aren’t quite what they seem. Amongst the new noises and echoes there’s a feeling of being watched but when Sarah announces there’s a King in the cupboard she is not instantly believed. It is not until a little gentle persuasion takes place from some animals that the rest of the family assist Sarah on her quest.

The book is very well written for its target reading group with beautifully animated pages to illustrate the story, bringing it to life further. The twists and unexpected turns throughout had my 7 year old keen to discover what was going to happen on the next page and held her interest.

I had not heard of the author, Margaret Mahy previously but would highly recommend this book if you are looking for Early Reader level book that is captivating, exciting and doesn’t follow a traditional, predictable storyline.

The additional pages at the end encourage your child to choosing their next reading book by providing them with a short bite of information for them to make their next selection. Within the book there is also some useful information for parents too including other books available within the Red Level and Blue Level series.

Overall I would highly recommend this book, it offers value for money and out of 5 I rate it 5.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £4.99 (paperback)

Available to buy from Amazon here.


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