The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward

This is a book we discovered at the local library. As you know, Rhino Reads is all about finding positive books that encourage and inspire children. The Bog Baby is a real gem! The perfect book to spark a child’s imagination and inspire their creative play.

It is told from the point of view of a parent looking back on an adventure from her childhood, beginning with her and her friend Chrissy doing ‘something bad. We said we were going to Annie’s house to play, but we didn’t.’ And, tone for adventure set, the story unfolds. They go fishing, all by themselves and they catch a bog baby.


They love the bog baby and take it home to be their secret pet, playing with it and feeding it cake crumbs. But, despite their best efforts, the bog baby falls ill and they have to tell Mum everything. I won’t spoil the end because it is a real beauty. I defy anyone to read it and not melt a little.

The thing that really impressed me about this book is the use of language to create magic. The short sentences and inspired details build up a sense of wonder and adventure. It sets the tone perfectly for Gwen Millward’s delicate, detailed illustrations for children to explore.


And the best bit? Once the children are inspired and ready for adventure, they discover a page at the end to write notes about their own Bog Baby.


A huge hooray for a magical book that celebrates and sparks the imagination and adventures of childhood.

Source: Our lovely local library.

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