The Leaky Story


Devon Sillett (text),  Anil Tortop (illus.),  The Leaky Story,  Exisle,  April 2017,  32pp.,  $24.99 (hbk),  ISBN: 9781925335392

Be warned – if you ignore this book as it sits on the shelf, you may find yourself plunging head first into a wild adventure.

J.J. Blossburn is first to notice the book leaking, but Mum and Dad are too caught up in their own distractions to know what’s going on. Not for long though. Soon the entire Blossburn family is engaged in a battle to save the lounge room from a bunch of swashbuckling pirates.

The Leaky Story has quickly become a favourite in our household. The illustrations are brightly coloured with lots of action. The more the book leaks, the more the images spread across the pages. Humorous touches on each page leave us giggling each night as we read the story anew. Miss Six loves this one as much as I do and has repeatedly requested it as her bedtime tale.

This fun adventure is the first picture book from author, Devon Sillett. Her words capture the slow and curious flow of the first drips down off the bookcase before increasing in pace and excitement as the story bursts across the living room. Anil Tortop’s images are joyful and brimming with adventure.

This wonderful tale about a storybook refusing to be ignored is recommended for ages 4 to 8. The Leaky Story is an inspiring and touching read with a heart-warming message about the importance of family in fostering a child’s imagination.

Teacher notes are available on the Exisle Publishing website.

Reviewed by Fiona Miller-Stevens

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