George Aged 3 Reviews London by Amy Allatson – BookLife – Non-fiction Book of The Week

George Aged 3 Reviews London by Amy Allatson – BookLife – Non-fiction Book of The Week BLOG Monday 21st October 2019

 Non-fiction Book of The Week  – London by Amy Allatson – BookLife



“London” by Amy Allatson published by BookLife is an excellent book on the subject of our nation’s capital. I know because my 6 year old granddaughter did a school project on London and I must have looked at a good percentage of books available about London.

The photographs are wonderful and engaging and each page contains interesting facts for the enquiring mind.

But George who is only 3½ chose the book to because it interested him. So lets hear what he thought.



Hi this is George. Welcome to my world. Won’t you come on in?

This week’s Non-fiction Book of the week is entitled “London” by Amy Allatson published by BookLife.

You know this book is going to be good before you open it, don’t you.

It says concisely in the succinct title what it is all about in one word “London”. That says everything.

Grandad says you can’t judge a book by its cover. Well this proves Grandad is wrong (again) because you can judge this book by its cover. The cover is so brilliant and exciting, and the book is too. Just look at that cover, doesn’t it make you want to go to London? And every page makes you want to go too.

So, Grandad you can judge a book by its cover.

Before I go any further in my review, I need to tell you a background story to this book.

The book is intended for children Aged 6-8-year-old and I am 3½ years old. How does that work, I hear you ask? Are you old enough to review this book?

The answer is, yes.

As regular readers to my once a fortnight blog will know that I am subjected a lot to ageism abuse. I cannot tell you how many times I am barred from doing exciting things that my Sister Freya is allowed to do and I am told I am too young. In some cases, I may want a toy or book and I’m told I’m too old. Cousin Ewan Aged 4½ has the same problem. It is particularly bad if you have an older brother or sister.

The biggest act of ageism (and there has been a lot) was earlier this year when Sister Freya and Cousin Rory were taken to London to see the musical ‘Matilda’ and me and Cousin Ewan had to stay home. We were “too young” to go to London. How very dare they bar us due to our age.

Anyway, as I was barred visiting London, London went from nowhere to No.1 on my bucket list.

So, this book “London” is my pride and joy because I can see why Sister Freya raves about London and never stops talking about it. The book shows what an exciting place it is.

Sister Freya will be 7 years old in 2 months’ time and last term at school did a very in-depth topic about London. She has visited London and studied it at school, and she loves this book. I had to keep taking it off her and explaining it was mine. But so that she could look at it even more she kept going through the book with me and explaining the photographs and places she’d been to(although I didn’t particularly want to know that).

This book also double underlines one of the most important features about books in general. Although suggested age ranges are associated with a book, any book, you don’t have to stick to them. It does not matter what age you are you can look at the pictures and if you can read, you can read any book. It proves with good books there is no ageism.

Grandad did read this book to me. It was full of information and facts. I did learn that London is the capital of England. I watch England play football on TV with my Dad he says they are rubbish and they frustrate him. But I can see from this book the capital is not rubbish.

There are 24 pages of tremendous colour photographs in the book. They are so brilliant and colourful, clear and most of all interesting. There is so much detail in the photographs. When I look at the pictures there is so much for me and Grandad or me and Sister Freya or all three of us to talk about.

Ok, because the book is designed for the 6-8-year-old, I will admit some of the words are too complicated for me to understand and of course I cannot read yet, but the pictures are dead right for me.

On Page 13 there is a photograph of a meat pie. It does look yummy but I’m more a burger and chicken dipper kind of guy. But Grandad goes into raptures about the meat pie and drools over it and the yucky peas, sorry mushy peas. Yuk. He says the photo is so lifelike it looks good enough to eat. Yuk, eat a photo, but I know what he means the pie looks so real.

No.10 Downing Street is where Boris Johnson who is in charge of the country lives. The photo of the door makes it look so real. I knocked on it but Mr Johnson never answered it. Grandad said he was probably playing hide and seek with his friends because there are plenty of places to hide as there are 90 rooms.

I am only just learning to count, and I struggle to count to 10. So, I can’t count to 90 so I know it’s a lot. Me and Sister Freya and Grandad love playing hide and seek in our house with only 10 rooms, imagine the extra fun with ninety rooms. Just counting them for starters would be mega brilliant.

There is a big red London bus on Page 15. I love buses and I love red, so I want to ride on a London Bus. I will do when I visit London. Freya loved going places in a Black Cab in London. Grandad was surprised there was not a photograph of one in the book as they are as much a part of London as The Big Red London Bus. But there isn’t a page free to put them on. That is why I want to go to London. London is so crammed full of exciting things that there are too many to put in just one book.

There is a train on Page 14 that looks like my toy train and goes under the ground in London. Me and Sister Freya both want to travel on that train. It would be such fun and so different. What do you see out of the windows, just soil and rock?

Two things I cannot wait to go and see is Big Ben on Page 18. That is a giant clock that goes “Bong!” for each hour and echoes all over London. Freya said it was covered up when she went. It must be shy like me.

And then I want to see Tower Bridge (Page 19). The road lifts up to let big ships and boats through. I guess all the buses, cabs, cars, lorries and vans that are on the road bridge just crash off and into the river

I could go on talking about this book, but you’d get bored you need to get a copy of your own and you’ll soon see what I mean

Until next time,

Bye Bye, George Aged 3 years


London (A City Adventure In…) by Amy Allatson

Hardcover:            24 pages

Age Range:           5 – 8 years

Publisher:              BookLife Publishing



Explore some of the busiest and most vibrant cities around the world and learn about their iconic landmarks. Visually striking full-colour imagery and simple text features will bring each city to life in this engaging new series.



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