Five Children and It and The Messengers || Mini Reviews

Now that I’ve discovered that I have a whole Plus Catalogue available to me on Audible, I’ve been dipping my toes into some of the titles.

Here are two more that I found on there.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

Originally published: 1902

Format: Paperback
Pages: 244

Plot from GoodReads:


The five children are Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and the Lamb, their baby brother. And ‘It’ is the Sand-fairy known as the Psammead that lives in the gravel pits. It is furry and fat with hands like a monkey’s – and, when in the mood, has the power to grant wishes. The children discover that wish-making is fun at first, but sometimes, when wishes come true, fun can soon turn into trouble…


I know the movie and I’ve probably watched it before but my memory didn’t recall any of the details around that.

The world-building in this book was great and I liked how the children’s narrative was suite to their behaviours and ages, not set on a certain standard that’s hard to believe to be true. It comes down to misadventures of children meeting with creativity. The morals addressed in this book were carried over well and not in a preachy tone or bordering on rolling your eyes into the back of your head.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.86 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

The Messengers by Lindsay Joelle

Originally published: 2020

Format: Audiobook
Pages: 150

Plot from GoodReads:

A mysterious plague ushers in an intergalactic war that ravages the galaxy for decades. A soldier and a pilot are tasked to deliver a package. A messenger and a refugee decide to work together on a dying alien planet. A love letter is lost that could be the key to a new future. A dark comedy about the messages we carry in our bones.


The blurb for this book sounded interesting but not enough to keep me fully absorbed in the story. It wasn’t as captivating as promised. I didn’t feel the impact as a short story should leave given that it only has a certain amount of space to tell a story and make it work. The story focused on conversations to keep moving forward but lacked the descriptive detail needed to build the story up. It could have done better as a full book than a short story. Some points given to the special effects though.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.31 on GoodReads. I gave it a 3.

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