We're very proud of our Bedtime Story Competition 2017 winner Frasier Cox for his amazing book, There's a Boy Just Like Me. The book has been out long enough now for our lovely customers' orders to have arrived and the first reviews are in... and they are overwhelmingly positive! Frasier's story portrays an imagined friendship between the author and a refugee boy and was released during Refugee Week 2018. The book was illustrated by top children's illustrator Alison Brown, published by Little Tiger and is sold exclusively by us at Book People with at least 35% of the sale price going to Save the Children UK.
Here's what you had to say:
Reviews taken from our site, submitted by our customers:
"My 6-year-old has loved reading this book so much that we bought an additional copy for school; they read it in assembly and it generated a wonderful discussion." - Marla
"This book is unbelievably good on so many levels. Frasier's story is simple and beautifully illustrated by Alison; my children love it. You can't imagine that a 9-year-old could write so eloquently." - Zoe
"An absolutely amazing book. Both my daughters and myself love it. Thought-provoking, both my girls (4 & 6) have asked questions about it. They're still too young to grasp the power of the story, but they loved that they could relate in some ways." - Rachel
"I am stunned that this book was written by a 9-year-old boy. The story is beautifully written, carries a powerful message and the illustrations are stunning. My children aged 10 & 6 loved the story and my 10-year-old was incredibly inspired by Frasier's journey to becoming a published author. Highly recommended." - Amy R
"I have ordered this for my little ones and we can't wait! Frasier is a phenomenal storyteller at such a young age and I hope we hear more from this talented 10-year-old in the future! Watch out J.K.!" - Vicky
"This book is AWESOME, my kids read it as soon as we received it. They have read it a few times now and enjoyed it so much. They are taking it in to school to share with their friends." - Sarah F
"Just wonderful! Everyone, not just every child, needs to read this book as you can't help but want to be a more understanding person once you've read it." - JessF
"A wonderful story, we loved reading it and are so impressed that it was written by a 9-year-old boy, it is so thoughtful and life-affirming. Great to know that young boys take an interest in the world around them and can see the humanity in all." - Daisy
"A beautiful book which touches the heart. I highly recommend this book." - Hampy
"I purchased two copies of this book, to have one at home and one at my son's school. I'm so glad I did - it's a beautifully written, poignant story about friendship and the refugee crisis. Perfectly told for children, with gorgeous illustrations. I have no doubt the author will go on to achieve great things and I can't wait to read his next work." - Kate R
We also sent his book to a few bloggers we've worked with who also loved his book:
"There's a Boy Just Like Me is so beautifully illustrated and the pictures really do compliment the story and help to tell the story so perfectly. There's a Boy Just Like Me is a fantastic book and one that is so necessary with such a string message of friendship, kindness and understanding. I know it's a book we'll be reading as a family for a long time." - What the Redhead Said
"The refugee crisis, which has dominated headlines, has made it into the hearts and minds of our children too. This emotive story shows that despite different lives, languages, and cultures we are all human. It reminds readers that in finding common ground we can hope to find friendship." - Boo Roo and Tigger Too
"I truly love this book and my daughters do too, though they might be too young to understand the refugee situation at the moment. It is still important to talk about it and this book provides a way to help this discussion. Well done, Frasier!" - A Mum Reviews
Our social media followers also had some lovely things to say about our fantastic competition winner:
"Frasier... after hearing your book on the itv news I hope many adults can learn and be inspired by your kindness, compassion and logical thinking."
"What a heartfelt story. I've just ordered 2 copies - one for my boys and one for their primary school."
"I've ordered this book and think it's a really lovely. A must have on every child's bookself."
Thank you for all your lovely reviews and comments, we're happy to see you're enjoying Frasier's story just as much as we did when it was first picked as the winner by our judging panel. If you haven't got your copy yet, you can order one from our website and if you know any young writers who would like to take part in our 2018 competition, you can sign up for email notifications about the competition here.