Love for Lenny’s Book of Everything from young readers

Out in November, Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee is one of our most anticipated books of the year. There’s a huge amount of in-house love for this heartbreakingly beautiful book, and early readers are also falling for the charms of Lenny and Davey.

Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won’t stop growing – and at seven is as tall as a man. Davey has a rare form of gigantism and while Lenny’s fiercely protective, it isn’t always easy being the sister of ‘the giant’. The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of Burrell’s Build-it-at-Home Encyclopedia. Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world and dream about a life of freedom and adventure, visiting places like Saskatchewan and Yellow Knife, and the gleaming lakes of the North West Territories. But as her brother’s health deteriorates, Lenny comes to accept the inevitable truth; Davey will never make it to Great Bear Lake.

A big-hearted novel about loving and letting-go, this is a book we’re sure will be loved by readers of all ages, so we thought we’d share a few of the wonderful early reviews received from younger readers, plus offer you an opportunity to read the opening chapters to discover the book’s wonder for yourself.

I loved it. I loved the special focus of the encyclopedias arriving by post. I loved Lenny and Davey’s relationship. I also loved how Martha, who worked for the encyclopedia business, became involved in their lives and became their friend. I also really loved how Davey charmed everyone and everyone loved Davey. This is an amazing book … Even though this book is sad, it was a kind of happy-sad for me. Sometimes I still wish Davey and Lenny had run away to the cabin together! 10 out of 10.
Storm, 11

This was such a good book. Lenny and Davey are really special. I still think about them sometimes. I loved how their brother and sister relationship was like it is with me and my little brother sometimes. I especially loved the build-it-at-home encyclopedia set and how much Lenny and Davey learned from it because it was the seventies and there were no iPads or Google like there is now. Lenny’s Book of Everything is one of my favourite books I’ve read this year.
Ava, 11

Reading Lenny’s Book of Everything with my mum was the bright spot in my day. I loved Lenny and all her beetles, Davey and his pretend pet eagle Timothy, and learning about all the wonderful things in Burrell’s Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia, like Great Bear Lake, building a log cabin, how to escape from quicksand and where igneous rock comes from. It’s a sad but happy book and I hope everybody reads it. 5 stars, 10 out of 10.’
Caspar, 10

Lenny’s Book of Everything is the best book I’ve read this year. It showed me that you don’t need a lot in life to be happy. Lenny and Davey don’t have fancy cars, overseas holidays or big houses. They have their mum, each other and Burrell’s Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia. They read and learn about faraway places and wonderful new things and their whole world opens up from their tiny apartment. Having knowledge, imagination, love and each other is what counts. The book has a very sad ending, which made me cry. But I also felt happy that Lenny and Davey got to experience so many of the wonderful things in Burrell’s Build-It-At-Home Encyclopedia.
Madeleine, 12

A book that makes you realise how precious life is and how we should make every moment count.
Lily, 12

I loved Lenny’s Book of Everything as it is about the importance of family, and I couldn’t stop reading it. The novel made me think about my own family and the sacrifices my mum and dad make for myself and brother. It is funny, imaginative, (sometimes sad) and makes you think about others and to be grateful with what you have. I would recommend to all my friends.’
Valentino, 11

Who on earth couldn’t like such a wonderful book of everything?! I loved this book more than anything! The concept and characters… literally everything was so beautiful and well thought out! Every sentence was incredible! Karen, this is not a good read, this is a beautiful piece of art. Outstanding! This book is wonderful. Just amazing. I don’t know how to put it into words and if I did it would take up 100+ pages. This is my new favourite book. That means I like it more than Harry Potter and Little Women. No, I’m not exaggerating. Out of 10, I rate this book infinity. And a half. Seriously, though, this is amazing. Okay, fine 10/10.’ Alana, 12

Lenny’s Book of Everything is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. An absolutely genius book. Shout out to all those people who love beautiful books, this is the one you’ve been waiting for!!!
Sylvie, 10

Read the opening chapters of Lenny’s Book of Everything

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