21/08/1999

Under the Autumn Garden (by Jan Mark)

'Under the Autumn Garden' is a children's book by Jan Mark. I've no idea where we picked it up, but it seemed like one that would be suitable for reading aloud to my sons, aged 10 and 12 at the time.

I don't think I've ever read a book with so little plot. In a nutshell: Matthew decides to dig for historical artifacts rather than get on with his history homework. And that's about it.

There's some nice humour here and there, and a delightful character in the form of Matthew's crusty neighbour, Mr Bagnall, who reminded us quite strongly of a teacher we used to know. But it was a remarkably slow-moving story. We kept thinking something interesting would happen... and kept being disappointed.

Review copyright 1999 Sue's Book Reviews

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