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The Missing Bookshop

Written by Katie Clapham

Illustrated by Kirsti Beautyman

Part of the Colour Fiction Series

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The Missing Bookshop Review

Debuts of the Month Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers General Fiction Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

The debut book from award-winning bookseller, Katie Clapham, publishing in time to celebrate Independent Bookshop Week 2019 #IBW19

June 2019 Debut of the Month

Children who like reading will love this gentle story. Milly’s favourite thing is story time at her local bookshop. She’s been going since she was very little and the shop owner Mrs Minty can always recommend the perfect book. Milly likes helping in the shop too and she notices it’s looking older and shabbier than it used to. When the bookshop suddenly closes, Milly can’t bear the thought it might not reopen, and her response prompts other people to make their feelings known too. With gorgeous atmospheric full colour illustrations, the story is warm and reassuring and a testament to the power of stories and the importance of community. A lovely book to share.

Andrea Reece

The Missing Bookshop Synopsis

A range of simple stories for new readers, with beautiful colour illustrations. Milly loves going to story time at her local bookshop. Mrs Minty is an encyclopedia of books and knows the perfect story for every occasion ... tales of mischievous children and faraway lands, magical beasts and daring adventures. But the bookshop is old and creaky, just like Mrs Minty herself. And then one day Milly arrives to find the shop gone. What has happened to Mrs Minty and her irreplaceable bookshop?

A warm and uplifting tale about the importance of stories.

The Missing Bookshop Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

I really loved this book and all the illustrations, I would feel like Milly if this happened to my favourite bookshop. Full review

Lily O’Dwyer (Age 10)

A lovely little book for anyone who loves books and takes pleasure in visiting book shops. Full review

Ruby & Frankie Laverty (Age 9 & 4)

I loved the Missing Bookshop. I panicked that the shop had been closed and was very glad that it had a happy ending. I would give this book 9 out of 10. Full review

Elissa Watkin (Age 6)

This is a super tale that helps to foster a love of reading for children and grown ups alike. It also delivers a strong message, that no matter how small you are, you can always make a huge difference and wonderful things happen! A lovely story for any child who is passionate about reading. Full review

Phoebe (Age 18)

Full of lovely colour illustrations, 'The Missing Bookshop' is a heart warming story, perfect for book lovers everywhere! Full review

Sue Wilsher

A lovely, warm-hearted story about how much one person can bring to a community by encouraging a love of reading. Full review

Kate and Family

A lovely story about trying to save the things that you love. Full review

Joshua Bertenshaw (Age 7)

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ISBN: 9781788950428
Publication date: 13/06/2019
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788950428
Publication date: 13th June 2019
Author: Katie Clapham
Illustrator: Kirsti Beautyman
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: General Fiction, Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, Reviewed by Children

About Katie Clapham

Katie Clapham studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and gained an MA in Poetic Practice. In 2010, she and her mother opened independent bookshop, Storytellers, Inc. Katie was named Young Bookseller of the Year in 2012, and sits on the executive committee for World Book Day. She lives in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire. Follow Katie on Instagram.  

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