The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop and illustrated by Ashley King is for younger readers than many others in this selection. But that certainly doesn’t make it any a less well crafted book. I read it in one sitting and included it in what would be my last review piece for The Scotsman. Here’s what I said then.
When the Jones family wins the Montgomery Book emporium in a raffle, it seems too good to be true. And, of course, it is! What at first seemed like a thing of wonder turns out to be anything but. However, with the help of a ferocious kitten and her own powers of observation, young Property saves the day. The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop is a cleverly funny romp ideal for reading aloud or for confident readers to enjoy alone.
I stand by that review. I’d like to take a moment to tell you how good the illustrations are too. Ashley King certainly played a part in the book’s appeal. And I’d commend it to you and any mid primary school aged children you might know.