Sequin and Stitch is a charming children’s story that I gave 4.5/5 stars to!
I usually don’t read children’s books, but I always make an exception for Barrington Stoke. This is because they, as a publisher, exist to make reading more accessible to children and dyslexic readers. And this is something I fully support. I’ve done a publisher spotlight with them if you want to take a quick look.
Sequin and Stitch started out as a sweet and unassuming story about 9 year old Sequin and her seamstress mother who both live in a block of flats. It then turns into a dramatic story of self-discovery for Sequin, her mother and Moany Bony Mr Tony, their downstairs neighbour.
I can’t say too much more about the plot without risking spoiling it – after all, it’s a very short story. But that’s not to say that it isn’t packed with plot, character development and a whole heaping of whimsey.
But here are a few great things that I can say about this book without spoiling. The writing is amazing, the plot is fantastic – and there’s a turn that I just didn’t see coming at all!
I want to say well done to the book for genuinely surprising me – despite it being a children’s book! I can usually see twists and turns coming a mile off in adult thrillers, but this one blindsided me. Perhaps it was that good of a twist, or perhaps I unfairly underestimated a kids book.
And also – the characters are so heart-warming!
Sequin and Stitch touches on a lot of important subjects, but they never feel crammed together. We get to explore agoraphobia, mental illness, bullying and even projection throughout the short page count.
I really enjoyed this story! I was left in awe, for multiple reasons. I highly recommend it to anyone with young children!
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