Book Reviews, Middle Grade Book Reviews

Pierre’s Not There by Ursula Dubosarsky – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four Stars

RELEASE DATE:   3 November 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 191

Publisher: Allen & Unwin



Lara had always wished she was a dog, and one day, just for a short time, she actually became one. This is how it happened.

In a mulberry brick house on the harbour that Lara explores while her mother cleans, Lara meets Pierre, a boy about her age with a beautiful antique puppet theatre. With his puppets, he tells her a story about a boy whose family has been eaten by wolves. The boy is lost. He needs to find his grandmother. Lara takes the part of a dog, but suddenly she can no longer tell where she ends and Dog begins. Or is she Wolf? Caught up in Pierre’s story, Lara has to fight to protect her identity – and her new friend. Can she help Pierre find his way home?

Pierre’s Not There is a lyrical, captivating and imaginative story that can be read on many levels.




Thank you so much to Allen & Unwin for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

Lara is tagging along with her mother, while her mother works at her job cleaning a house. There’s not much for Lara to do until she sees a boy upstairs and they decide to play puppets together. Suddenly finding themselves playing a real life part in the puppet show, Lara tries to help Pierre find his grandmother he’s been looking for for so long.

Pierre is not There is a cute middle grade read for a younger audience. With lovely black and white illustrations throughout, the story is told as part narrative, part stage play. There are loose references to some well known fairytales to bring some familiarity to the story and also a nice little twist at the end.

I think this one would make a great first chapter book or even a story that could be read together over several nights.


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