Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Liesl and Po - Lauren Oliver

‘Everywhere and in every fold and bend of the universe, strange and miraculous things happened.’

This magical, delightful book was a very personal journey for the author, as she writes in her introduction to the story. It is charmingly illustrated. A fantasy, it tells of little Liesel, whose father has just died. She now spends her life locked in an attic by her unkind stepmother. One night she is visited by a ghost named Po, and an animal ghost called Bundle, who come from the Other Side. The same night, alchemist’s apprentice Will has an important delivery to make to the Lady Premiere, a wooden box containing the most powerful magic in the world. But there is a mix-up. And so begins this exciting adventure, involving an exciting journey, and a trip to the Other Side, where people go when they first die. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this magical children’s read. I loved the cast of characters. The story strands all come together well and it is skillfully done. It is such a special story, and it captures human emotions whilst filling the reader with joy at the magical happenings.

I found a website all about the book and author here: Liesl & Po

You can visit the author's blog here: Lauren Oliver


  1. Sounds like a book that would make me cry ... in a good way

  2. This book sounds wonderful! I can't wait to read it!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair


Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and leave a comment. It's great reading your comments and I really appreciate them :)