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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
Book review by Rosa aged 7
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is a book about a girl called Bonnie, her cousin Sylvia and Bonnie’s friend Simon. They go on an adventure to escape the clasp of the supposedly “evil” governess, Miss Slighcarp (also Bonnie’s fourth cousin once removed), with the help of Pattern the maid and James the footman.
This book made me feel sad at times but when I felt sad, as soon as I read the next part, I almost always felt happy again! I enjoyed this book because it was very exciting!
I would recommend this book to generally ages 8/9+. I would also recommend this book to you if you enjoy the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
Dear Peter Bunzl, We recently read Cogheart at our Book Club with our charming group of children in school years 4 to 6. They all really enjoyed it. They have written you some lovely letters and drawn some amazing illustrations. We hope you enjoy reading them. Best wishes, The Story Room
Despite the fact that I do not like fantasy, I loved it! I thought a mechanical fox was a stupendous idea. My favourite character was definitely Robert as her liked to take the main risk at everything. R.S.
I am writing to you regarding your book: Cogheart! I enjoyed this very much and liked reading it. I loved Lily because she was adventurous and brave. I would love to have a mechanical fox like Malkin one day. I love how you described the characters. However, I would have enjoyed it more if it hadn’t been so convenient. I still loved this book though. I would rate it 8.9 out of 10. Maria-Nephele.
I thought your book Cogheart was good. I liked the setting, I could visualise the places you described. Lily was my favourite and i liked the beginning when the Dad and the fox were in the sky in the zip and Malkin was given the task of finding Lily. I thought some parts of the plot were convenient in places. I would love a mechanical fox like the one in the book.
I enjoyed the idea of this book. I would give it 8.5 out of 10. This is because I liked the whole world of the mechanical people animals and things. I think the book was slow in some places. I loved the setting and really enjoyed reading about the stalking men. James
The book is REALLY COOL! I love it. Especially the mechanical animals. I am hoping you will write another book! QUESTIONS: Do you have pets? Which football team do you support? Katerina
- Cogheart is my favourite book ever. The story of Lily, Robert and Malkin was exciting and dangerous. You made it very tense as the silver eyes men came onto the stage. It was very surprising and unexpected when Mr Silverfish, Lily’s godfather, he turned out to be a traitor. I like the appearance of Anna in the story. They were thinking they had to fight Anna when she started being nice to them. From your description you make it sound as if she is one the the life savers in the story. You make it seem like she isn’t stuck up like Alice and seems to like her mechanicals as friends. She sticks up for Molly when she needs help and gives her advice and keeps a mechanical fox called Malkin. Though you make it go all gloomy when Lily is thrown into the cold, dark bunker. You make Lily’s childminder sound as if she enjoys having a nice little chat with Mr Roach. It’s creepy when Mr Roach gives Lily the sweet.My favourite character in Cogheart is Malkin the fox because he is a very brave character like Lily and a smart mechanical fox to go and find Lily at the start of the book. Robert is also brave, trying to accept that his father is gone. He must have been angry at Lily and Malkin at the start but he calmed down when he remembered that Lily hadn’t got a mother or a father.
Thank you for writing Cogheart. I couldn’t put it down.
Thank you to all who attended our October Half-Term workshops and making the sessions so memorable! Keep writing wonderful stories and poems … And remember Ideas are Everywhere!