Review: Big Sky Mountain by Alex Milway

I was sent a free advanced release copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb: Welcome to Big Sky Mountain: a home for everyone! Rosa has come from the city to live with Grandma Nan in the wilds of Big Sky Mountain. And what surprises are in store for her! Grandma Nan is not exactly an ordinary grandma, and Big Sky Mountain is like nowhere Rosa has dreamed about before. Grandma Nan lives in an old wooden cabin with Albert the moose and Little Pig the pygmy owl, and spends every day out on adventures. From canoeing down rapids to making friends with the local animals, life never stays still for long on Big Sky Mountain! Rosa has a lot to learn, and when unexpected visitors to the mountain cause a bit of a ruckus, can she rise to the challenge, and be the mountain girl Grandma Nan needs her to be?

Title: Big Sky Mountain

Author: Alex Milway

Illustrator: Alex Milway

Publisher: Piccadilly, an imprint of Bonnier

Genre: Fiction, 5-8, Children’s, Adventure


When Rosa comes to live on Big Sky Mountain with her Grandma Nan, she’s in for a lot more adventure than she thought!

This book comes as a perfect companion to Milway’s previous Hotel Flamingo series, packed with the same levels of fun and wacky characters. From talking bears who trade honey for stories to a hare who’s an especially brilliant builder, we get to meet a wonderful cast of characters who would feel right at home with the likes of Winnie the Pooh and Dr Doolittle! Rosa and Grandma Nan are also lovely additions, teaching us some valuable life lessons in the simplest of terms. How to be brave when you’re somewhere new, how to always try to do what’s right and to listen to others, there are a myriad of little lessons here that young bookworms are sure to pick up on. Combine all that with some fantastic facts about nature, the world around us and it’s importance and this story acts as a great way to introduce young readers to conversations about conservation and climate change – with some talking beavers throw in for good measure!

This story is also accompanied by some lovely illustrations. They’re well spaced and interesting yet not too bold to distract from the words. If you’re after something to get a child to read by themselves, this would be an ideal choice. There aren’t too many words on each page and short paragraphs are interspersed with pictures that will keep their imaginations working.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book to any budding bookworms who love adventure stories set in nature and filled with fun talking animal pals!

Rating: 4/5

Recommend?: Yes

Have you read this book? Or maybe you’ve read something similar? What did you think? I’d love to know!

You can always find me over on Twitter if you’d like to discuss this book (or any others that I’ve featured) in more detail 😌

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