Reader Reviewed The Building Boy by Ross Montgomery

The Building Boy

Written by Ross Montgomery
Illustrated by David Litchfield

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   
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September 2016 Debut of the Month There’s an air of fairy tale in this beautiful and touching picture book, but its foundations are firmly in family relationships. A young boy lives with his grandma, who was an architect. She’s old and getting older, until one day she’s not there anymore. The house she was building is now just a collection of rooms, so the boy gets to work himself, creating a giant model of his grandma. True to fairy tale convention, this comes to life and carries him across the countryside to their half-finished home, which it completes. Ross Montgomery’s text subtly leaves gaps for the readers to fill in, and David Litchfield’s illustrations are full of life, humour and light. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Ava and Olivia Townsend, age 6 and age 4 - 'We loved reading this book at bedtime. The pictures were captivating with a powerful message within the storyline.'

  • William Davies, age 4 - 'It made me sad and happy all at the same time!'

  • George Haine, age 4- 'This is a good book for boys and girls.' 

  • Ethan Watkin, age 9 - 'A sad story but with a nice ending. It tells a very kind story about how much a boy and his grandma love each other'


The Building Boy by Ross Montgomery

All at once, it was as if the stars leapt closer. Grandma grabbed the boy, raising him high above the rooftiles on her head. She was alive! The boy's grandma was a famous architect. Her garden is still full of old building materials. Unwilling to accept she has gone, the boy builds a giant structure from the bricks and girders he finds. And then ...Grandma comes to life! The boy is whisked away on an epic adventure across fields, through oceans and atop roofs. But where is Grandma taking him? Beautiful, thrilling and extremely moving: the extraordinary debut picture book from much-loved author, Ross Montgomery.


‘Quirky and life affirming with a sense of the surreal’ Bookseller

About the Author

Ross Montgomery

Ross Montgomery started writing stories as a teenager, when he really should have been doing homework, and continued doing so at university. After graduating, he experimented with working as a pig farmer and a postman before deciding to channel these skills into teaching at a primary school. He wrote his novel when he really should have been marking homework. He lives in Finsbury Park with his girlfriend and many, many dead plants.

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Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Faber & Faber

Publication date

1st September 2016




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