Thursday, 27 June 2019

The Hideaway Deer by Holly Webb

I always get excited when Holly Webb brings out a new standalone book! And this one is no exception. 
Lola has not only moved house, but she has started a new school too. She is extremely anxious about all of it. However, the house soon works its magic on her, especially when she discovers the deers that wander into her garden from the graveyard behind, through a broken fence. Not long after moving in, Lola discovers a fawn in distress. It looks like it has lost its mother. Lola does all she can to help the fawn.
Holly Webb writes some of the best animal fiction around and with each book, it's clear she has thoroughly done her research. I'm always surprised how much I learn from her books.  She knows the correct way to look after every animal she writes about. 
In this book we learn how Lola takes care of the fawn. The story veers from sadness to happiness, as the fawn learns to take care of itself. 
I read this book in one sitting.  I was lost within the story from the first chapter. It is poignant and beautifully written. 
As with many of Holly's books, she writes about the situations and dilemmas many young children deal with. In this book, we learn of Lola's anxieties about her life changing and the fear of a new school. We also read how Lola worries about making new friends. Yet the fawn helps her in so many ways to be brave and do the best that she can. 
Holly Webb's books always have such a classical feel to them, making me nostalgic for the books of my childhood.  As I've mentioned in previous reviews, Holly is the closest author I've ever discovered to write like Enid Blyton. 
If you are buying books for a child, you can never go wrong with one by Holly Webb. 

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