Today I’m reviewing a kids book, Mister Cleghorn’s Seal by Judith Kerr. It’s about a man called Mister Cleghorn and his seal. Glad we cleared that up.
Judith Kerr has written and illustrated loads and loads of kids books, including The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Mog the Forgetful Cat and When Willy Went To The Wedding. The latter of which I haven’t read, but I wanted to type the word Willy.
This story is a lovely story about a lonely retired shopkeeper who helps a baby seal find a new home after it’s mother is killed by hunters. Through various little adventures he finds love in the form of Miss Craig and a home for Charlie the seal, as well as rescuing a zoo and finding a new purpose in life.
It’s a fairly long story, and took about 3 bedtimes to get through with my girls, and it’s all beautifully illustrated in black and white pencil drawings. The kids loved it, but both agreed that this isn’t the sort of tale they usually go for. (Jess is more a fan of Roald Dahl, Meg prefers Disney fluff) That said, I enjoyed it immensely, it reminded me a lot of the sort of nice kid’s drama that used to be on CBBC before it went all colourful and cool.
In conclusion then, this is a pleasant story, that feels fairly old-fashioned. I’d recommend you go and find it, and take the effort to get the kids to put down their iPads and HoverSausages for a while to have a read.
The story is appropriate reading for any age, aimed mainly at 7+, as the large blocks of text might put off some younger readers from reading the book on their own (but great as a bedtime story).
You can find the book HERE on Amazon.