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Stranded! Book Review by Gillian Young and The Girls 📖🐾

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Gillian reading Stranded! to The Girls 📖

Today's review is about Stranded!, written by Ævar Þór Benediktsson and illustrated by Anne Wilson. After reading the book blurb and seeing this wonderful cover, I quickly put my name down for a place on the book review tour. Thank you LiterallyPR, Barefoot Books and Ævar Þór Benediktsson for my copy in exchange for an honest review.


Ævar Þór Benediktsson is one of Iceland's most popular authors. He is Iceland's first UNICEF Ambassador and is known for launching popular nationwide reading challenges to encourage Icelandic children and teenagers to read more. In 2017, Ævar was chosen as one of the Aarhus39 - a collection of the 39 best-emerging writers for young people from across Europe. He is the author of more than 30 books.

Ann Wilson was born on Ascension Island, a volcano in the South Atlantic. She remembers the constant warm breeze coming from the sea and swimming with her family most days. Anne has been an illustrator for over 20 years. She has illustrated many projects for Barefoot Books, including We're Roaming in the Rainforest and The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales.

Online Book Review Tour for Stranded!


This is a story about my grandfather: how he got STRANDED on a volcanic island, was almost turned into barbecue and found the most important moment in the world.


This delightful story is based on the adventures of author Ævar Þór Benediktsson's grandfather. This fantastic and true story contains only one element which is false. The reader is left guessing throughout the story, what this single false moment is - and I can guarantee the reader will never guess! I love this element which brings added fun to this already amazing and hugely entertaining story. To add to this story, there are wonderfully colourful illustrations by Anne Wilson. Peppered amongst these drawings are nuggets of facts, humour and additional information that make this read altogether enjoyable and interesting. After reading Stranded! I realised what a beautiful country Iceland is. This is somewhere else to add to my bucket list 🙂

Aevar Por Bendiktsson


Anne Wilson


Barefoot Books



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1st December 2023 - The Beastly Baron of Beaux Bottom, by Jeremy Hullah.

The Beastly Baron is not a nice man. He shouts too much and doesn't keep his promises. When he breaks his word to the Warty Witch though, things go very badly for him.
Then they get much worse!

I'm looking forward to reading this. It sounds like a children's book guaranteed to make the reader smile 🙂

Until next time, Happy Reading! 📚

Gill x

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