Review of Swallows and Amazons

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Reviewed by:  Mojomums reviewer Nikky


What they say:  The Walker children – also known as Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty, and Ship’s Boy Roger – set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island. There they camp under open skies, swim in clear water and go fishing for their dinner. But their days are disturbed by the Blackett sisters, the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons decide to battle it out, and so begins a summer of unforgettable discoveries and incredible adventures.

What we say:  “My daughter is in year 5 and is almost 10. With the film being released, she was very excited to start reading the book. However, there are a lot of words which she was unfamiliar with and this meant that the flow of reading wasn’t great. I had to keep explaining the words as there are a lot that are not in common use these days…

She enjoyed the story and the characters but I would recommend this book to a much older reader….maybe a year 7 or 8 child (age 11 / 12 ).

She has asked me to keep it for when she is a little older. It’s a shame as the story is a lovely one, but just too “old” for her to read alone.”


Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome is available from many good book stores and also online from Amazon.

To read our review of the new film Swallows and Amazons click here

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