by Lara Williamson
Primary List 2016-17 SHORTLIST
So far we have received 28 reviews of The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair.
You can read them below. Why not add your own review?
Wilson from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
This book is an amazing book. It easily mixes your emotions through happy, sad and also anxious. In this book there is a boy called Becket and his little brother Billy and something very sad has happened in their life. My favourite character is Billy because he does lots of silly things and he is really clumsy. I have rated this book 10 out of 10 because this book is awesome.
Grace from Year 6, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Primary School:
Quite but also very funny in some parts.
emily from Year 6, Pheasant Bank Academy:
its really good its about a boy who's mums died and wants to see her so he decides to visit her.
lilly from Year 5, Adwick Park Junior School:
Faith from Year 5, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School:
This is surprise book and is a eye catching story that I would recommend reading.
tia from Year 8, Ridgewood School:
this book is about 2 boys who has to live without a mum because their mum passed away their dad get a new girlfriend and she is like a mum to them then their dad makes them run away from pearl (their dads girlfriend) they make a snoop mission and she is dating another man
charley from Year 7, Ridgewood School:
This book captures the true meaning of love, loss while also proving how real life situations can grow and form something beautiful. When Becket and Billy (accompanied by their pet snail, Brian) create snoop, chaos erupts involving their passed mother, their dads ex girlfriend Pearl and them themselves. What will happen? This book is a thrilling read and will suit all members of the public. That is why I rated it a ten out of ten. I now feel very privileged regarding my life after reading this spectacular story.
Stella from Year 6, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Primary School:
I didn't really like that much so I'm giving mine a 4
Eoin from Year 6, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Primary School:
It was very funny and also quite emosonial aswell
Poppy from Year 8, Ridgewood School:
This book is an amazingly emotional tale of Becket his dad and Little brother Billy when the run away from dads girl friend pearl the boys know there must be something wrong and decide to investigate but will they like the truths they uncover or will it become all to much for them? I like this book because it is both funny and touching as it addresses everyday issues that effect many people we know and love in addition to this it explores the beliefs many people have. I would recommend this book to children from ages 7+ because i think some of the ideas inside the book (NO Spoilers!!) may be distressing for younger readers for example the death of parents that causes dad to get a new girlfriend along with other upsetting events in the book may be unstable for young readers. But to anyone above this age i would definitely would recommend it.
Gwenyth from Year 5, Green Top Primary:
This book was amazing, I recommend it to everyone.I absolutely loved it!
olivia from Year 8, Ridgewood School:
This book is about a boy who lost his mum (she passed away) and now his father has moved on to another woman who treats him and his brother as if they were her own. Ever since mum left it was never the same for anyone but of course dads girl friend. before his mum passed she always used to read him a story in her arm chair before bed.when his mum left pearl had the whole place redesigned including her portrait upon the fire place.one day when they got home all is not what they left it like. pearl had gone and they were moving out. but why?. they had moved up in a house facing the ocean. there is a hair dresses just a few blocks away which dad has seemed to have made a friend. when him and his brother go to find pearl as she isn't responding to any messages, email or a birthday wish to him. they set off on an adventure to find pearl. but when they got to their old house no one was their a part from a new couple with a baby on the way. but they found pearls portrait with a hole in it. I definitely recommend this book!!!!!!!!!
ellie from Year 7, Rossington All Saints School:
It was a very good book I loved it I defiantly will be reading it again Lara Williamson is now my new favourite author
kaitlin from Year 8, Ridgewood School:
this book is about two boys who have no mum because she passed away while the boys where very young. so there dad has a girlfriend called pearl and the boys really liked her and she was like a mum to both of them but their dad made them move away and the boys had to go to a new school... i liked this book because it is mysterious because you never know what they are going to do on their snoop missions. and you can never leave this book on a cliff hanger because you just have to find out what is going to happen. i rate this book 9/10 because it is great and you cant stop reading it however i would like there to be a book two of this because it would be great to read.
Eleanor from Year 8, Ridgewood School:
A dad, and two boys named Becket and Billy running away from home in the middle of the night- what on earth could be going on? Here is your chance to find out! Becket and his little brother Billy find themselves with their dad in a new house, in a new street and a new area! ''Where is Pearl?'' ( their dad's girlfriend) they both asked! It was now time to become secret spies and search for her! Join the boys to help find their loved one before it is too late... I enjoy this book because is added a spooky and spy like feel to the whole book! As well sort of questions came to me whilst reading this book while also adding funny phrases as well! Want a long lasting read as well as some cool characters, read this book before you miss out! I would give this book a age range a 7+ and a 7 out of 10 because it has suitable characters which make sure younger ages understand them! As well as that, this book can be read for older ages as some clever facts lie between the words. However, this book at first was quite hard to get in to meaning I had to read big chunks at a time. I do love a book that I can pick up anywhere and at any time and get in to it quickly. Sadly, this book did not acommidate this for me. Overall, a nice comfertable read!
Jacob from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
This book is absolutely incredible, it is one of the best books I have ever read! It has over 300 pages but it is so absorbing you don't even notice. It is about a boy, his brother and a snail. They go on lots of exciting adventures because they have run away from his almost mum in the middle of the night and they both want her back. My favourite character is the snail who is called Brian because he is really funny.
kady-leigh from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
Becket Rumsey's dad has moved away and Bucket didn't and doesn't like saying goodbye to people. Their new home is at the top of a hair dresses near the seaside. His dad has left his girlfriend and he didn't want to say goodbye to her ; this is because his mum is dead and all he wants is a mum; his dads new girlfriend will be more of a mum than his dead one this is because his mum died when she was in hospital when she had his sister.
Georgia from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:
This book takes you by surprise. The title seems all silly but when you actually read it you can see how much of an emotional book it actually is. I enjoyed reading it.
Josie from Year 8, Ridgewood School:
This book is a perfect portrayal of the modern lives of so many Children. It is perfectly confusing and at the same time mesmerising. It grips you and then leaves you waiting. You want the boys life to be perfect but then what really is the definition of perfect? A big family? Loads of friends surrounding you? It makes you question the definition of perfect and how their life compares. It is so relatable and interesting. If you like a new start but not. A sad story of betrayal and child confusion and predominately an ending that brings a tear to your eye, this book will enchant you. But is the ending really so sad?
Ella from Year 7, Ridgewood School:
This great book is about a couple of brothers called Beket and Billy running away from there new step mum Perl. Since there mum passed away, Billy and Beket's dad moved on to another woman. But the brothers have a suspicion about her. Before Beket and Billy's mum died, they alway used to sit in a huge armchair which there mother used to read story to them. But when they met there dads new girl friend she change there family home into a her own. But one day when they came back from school they found it was empty every... single... THING ! But when she was gone him and his brother missed her so they set out for a mission with the two brothers and a pet snail called Brain. You will be on the edge of your seat and you will be hooked if you make the decision to read this book but I defiantly recommend it. It is a such Emotional and funny book will a snail named Brain how can you resist... oh and bothers called Billy and Beket... you should read this book.. not only for the enjoyment but for the trills and rollercoasters. I would say this book was for 6+ or 7+ and 8 out of ten because it is very clever how they word this book. not only is it for the younger readers but for the older readers too just because of the plot of the story. Oh and a quick tip it is quite confusing at the start so you may have to read it a couple of times to understand what is happening but once you get the hang of the story line it is a amazing book to read especially for people who love stories which are about thrillers or mystery. ITS SO UNPREDICTABLE !! If this book could speak it would say "READ ME !" 😁😁
Tessa from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:
Its a really interesting book and the storyline is quite intriguing. I gave it a 7 because I think it could have been better
jack from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
awesome book cool and funny laughing my socks of when I read it
Poppy from Year 8, Ridgewood School:
This book is an amazing emotional tale of two brothers a lost dad and a big mystery. Without a mum to guide them how will our brothers cope we find out as we follow the complex emotional journey of being without your parents or the ones you love most butterflies guide the way as you wish on 1000 paper cranes.This book contains many relatable situations that make you laugh and cry in equal measure and this is what I love most about this book. I would recommend this book to anyone that is older than eight as some of the concepts may be upsetting for younger readers. In addition I don't think that they would be able to grasp the concepts and therefore would not enjoy it as much, overall I think it is an amazing read and well worth looking out for at the upcoming Doncaster Book Awards 2017!
Georgie from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
Do you like books about mystery? Or maybe books about adventure? Well if you do then this book is for you. This book is about a boy called Becket Rumsey and his younger brother Billy who 's dad has packed their bags and moved them to a place far away from their old life and they don't know why. I rated this book an 8 because it was quite boring at times and you just ended up thinking 'GET TO THE POINT'. My favourite character in this book is Becket (the boy who tells the story) because he tries to be happy even though he misses his mum who died when he was younger. Over all it was a great book and I really enjoyed it.
Nell from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:
I think 'The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair' is overall a good read. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like to the story after reading the title and the first few pages, yet it developed throughout the book into an emotional, funny and interesting story. The plot was unpredictable and had lots of twists and turns and I think the author has written it very cleverly and in a good style. This was an enjoyable read.
Taylor from Year 7, Rossington All Saints School:
''The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair'' is not for my liking but it was a really good book I really recommend you read it, Lara Williams did a really good job of writing it it's one of the most exciting books I have read in a long time props to Lara for writing an amazing book
Paige from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
Are you interested in adventure books? Well this is the book for you. It is very interesting and different to other books I have read. It doesn't have many pictures and does get quite boring but it is still an amazing book. My favourite character is Billy because I thought he was very silly and I loved his slimy snail Brian. I only rated the book an eight because it wasn't the most exciting book and didn't have many pictures to look at. I would recommend this book to nine plus because there are a few tricky word. It is about two boys who have lost their mum and have learnt to live with a new mum. My favourite part was when they go on the first SNOOP mission because it is very funny.
Cara from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
Do you like books about adventure or mystery? Well if you do this book is for you. I love this book because it is very fun as Becket the young boy and his little brother go on a mission to find his almost mum pearl while trying to fit into a new life in a new town and a new school. I would recommend this book for 9/11 year olds as some word are hard to under stand but also is fun and exciting. Overall this book is great .