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The Book of Hopes Reviews

The Book of Hopes by Katherine Rundell

The Book of Hopes

Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain

Katherine Rundell

Score pending

2 reviews

Category: Children's, Non-fiction
Imprint: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 1 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9781526629883

First published online to comfort, inspire and entertain children during lockdown, Katherine Rundell's collection of over 100 works from the best authors and illustrators of children's books has been read by almost half a million people. A donation from the sale of each book will go to NHS Charities Together

  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
5 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
4 Oct 2020

"This book will sustain you"

When this 380-page collection, proceeds from which go to NHS Charities Together, was first available online during lockdown, doubtless the hope was that it would feel less necessary when it came out in hardback. But we need happy endings now more than ever. The stories and poems celebrate animals, nature, courage, kindness and books. They include tales about finding friends or overcoming fears, and many have surprising twists or jokes, with illustrations that suggest anticipation or happiness. Rundell’s definition of hope is not “the promise that everything will be all right, but a belief that the world has so many strangenesses and possibilities that giving up would be a mistake”.


  • The TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
2 Oct 2020

"Rundell is as persuasive as she is talented"

A few have offered extracts from published works (the equivalent of handing in a shop-bought cake for your domestic science homework?) or semi-promotions for their books, but most have created new work. These joyous gobbets, all beautifully snappy, are perfect for a bus journey to school or a golly-is-that-the-time bedtime literary scamper. The anthology is best dipped into rather than read from cover to cover. The stories and poems in the themed sections — cats, birds, aliens and outer space etc — can feel a little samey when read consecutively.