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"Ossiri and the Bala Mengro", new childrens' book by Richard O'Neill and Katherine Quarmby, illustrated by Hannah Tolson, reviewed by Eleanor Lowther

By Vanessa Cardui |  July 7, 2016 |


The perfect book! :-)

I liked this book. It was very colourful and happy, and it made me think of the stories my Granny used to tell me about when she was little. It was set in the past - you could tell because people were cooking in their trailers, and people don't really do that any more. And you could tell by how they were dressed. And because the farmer was ploughing the field using a horse, but they use a tractor these days.

The story definitely captiured my imagination. The girl listened to her heart, I liked that. In the story, the granny was kind to the girl, but her parents and her brother were a bit harsh to her about her music!. I think grannies are nicer than parents sometimes though.

I liked that it used words I knew; like, I know what "folki" means. And I liked the pictures too - especially the one where Ossiri and the Bala Mengro were on the top of the mountain; and the decorative page at the end of the story was really beautiful too. But I thought they should have given the girl a better name, because we were not sure how to pronounce "Ossiri". But I liked Ossiri - she was fun. She didn't listen to her dad! That was good. You could tell she was a nice  person, because the Bala Mengro liked her, and she loved music, and she could do anything really. She recycled trees into musical instruments!

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