40. Once by Morris Gleitzman

I picked this up in a book people haul.

It took me a while to read it because it got lost under mounds of other books.

Synopsis (as on the back of the book) is as follows:

Once I escaped from an orphanage to find Mum and Dad.

Once I saved a girl called Zelda from a burning house.

Once I made a Nazi with toothache laugh.

Ability to read – This book was so easy to love. It plays heavily on the childlike innocence we all have inside us when we’re young. It was easy to understand and easy to read. The adventure was interesting and eye-opening and had a certain charm to it.

Characterisation – Felix was such a wonderful character and an easy one to love and get behind. The way he saw the world and the way he acted within it was so sweet and hopeful. He had such a deep determination to find his parents by any means necessary and still looked at the world with wonder in his eyes.

Visualisation – It was easy to visualise what was happening in this book. Felix had a very strong and unique voice that carried me through the story. I had no problem imagining what was happening to him and what was happening around him.

Uniqueness – I think that stories that are set in the first of second world war can be challenging in their subject and characters. I usually shy away from the genre unless it has a sub-plot of crime/mystery/detectives. So, this was a new venture for me and one I really enjoyed. Felix brought a really interesting voice to the book and made the read all the more magical.

Hannah xoxo

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