Review: The Story Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin

Title: The Story Cure An A – Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy, Healthy and Wise

Author: Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud

Pages: 369 Pages

Publisher: Canongate Books

The Blurb

The stories that shape our children’s lives are too important to be left to chance. With The Story Cure, bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin have put together the perfect manual for grown-ups who want to initiate young readers into one of life’s greatest pleasures.

There’s a remedy for every hiccup and heartache, whether it’s between the covers of a picture book, a pop-up book, or a YA novel. You’ll find old favourites like The Borrowers and The Secret Garden alongside modern soon-to-be classics by Michael Morpurgo, Malorie Blackman and Frank Cottrell-Boyce, as well as helpful lists of the right reads to fuel any obsession – from dogs or dinosaurs, space or spies. Wise and witty, The Story Cure will help any small person you know through the trials and tribulations of growing up, and help you fill their bookshelves with adventure, insight and a lifetime of fun.


The Review

A few years ago I was off sick and bed bound for a few months and to cheer myself up I bought the book A Novel Cure – a book that acts as a guide for any ailment. If you have a tummy ache this book will direct you to a book that will make you feel better. And it really did. The novelty of the book was an element that made me feel better but equally it was great reading a book by likeminded book lovers that helped direct me to books I may never have come across.

When I realised that there was a second book that was aimed at a younger generation I couldn’t help but buy it. I love YA fiction and The Story Cure was equally, if not more, charming than its predecessor. The list of books with the accompanying illustrations was interesting and I definitely added a few to my TBR pile.

If you are struggling to choose what book to read next then these two books are a must have on your bookshelf.

The Story Cure: An A – Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy, Healthy and Wise by Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud is available now.

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