Goodnight Mister Tom


A brilliant story for children and adults that will warm your heart.

Goodnight Mister Tom is a historical novel set in World War Two. It tells the story of a young boy named Willie who is evacuated from London and sent to live with an old man called Mister Tom in the countryside. At the outset Tom might appear a bit gruff and unfriendly but we soon get an insight into his hidden personality and loving nature and part of the charm of the story is to see how his character opens up at the same time as Willie who blossoms, receiving love and affection for the first time. Both characters develop and recover due to the other and there is great characterisation throughout the book of all the faces we meet. I read this book many times as a child and it became a firm favourite. I still cherish the copy I have of this book even though it is pretty much falling apart. Michelle Magorian’s writing is very vivid and descriptive. I can still remember many scenes some 20 years later. As a child the descriptive scenes let my imagination run wild and I felt like I was an unseen character appearing in the same room as the story, immersing myself in the period of time. I love the setting of this book; a charming English country village at the end of the 1930’s was fantastic to read about. The storyline is honest and actually deals with some difficult issues which you not expect from a children’s book. However it is done in such a way that well as leaving you pondering these issues it warms your heart. A good read for children and adults and especially a great book to revisit as an adult.

Children's book picked by Emily

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