Books with the Boy: Sophie Takes to the Sky by Katherine Woodfine


S and I are switching up the usual schedule for Books with the Boy posts. From now on, you can expect to see S’s fortnightly posts on a Tuesday, unless he is especially prolific and writes more!

Today S and I are reviewing our recent read Sophie Takes to the Sky by Katherine Woodfine. Thanks to the lovely Barrington Stoke for our review copy.


About the Book

Scaredy-Cat Sophie is afraid of everything! So when a balloonist comes to the town fair, Sophie is left behind while everyone else goes to watch him fly in his marvellous balloon. She’s far too frightened of the crowds, the commotion and even riding in a horse-drawn carriage. But Sophie longs to watch the hot-air balloon sail across the blue sky. If she could just be brave enough to face her fears, who knows where her journey might take her … A touching tale for young readers of learning to overcome anxiety and follow your dreams.

S’s Thoughts

I liked how Sophie was brave and managed to safely ride a balloon and I liked the dog in the story because it reminded me of my dogs Dexter and Neville. I disliked how people were calling her a scaredy cat. My best bit was her becoming a brave person and standing up to the things that she was afraid of. I liked that it was about real history and a real Sophie who was a balloonist who married a man balloonist  but sadly died when her balloon set on fire. I would like to go on a hot air balloon, but not if it was going to set on fire. I would give this book 453 stars out of 5.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed reading this one with S after school. We took turns to read one page each, and he was keen to pick it up every day (which isn’t always the case). I loved how this book showed Sophie taking small steps to conquer her fears and make it to the balloon. It gave S and I a great opportunity to talk about fears, about what makes us scared, and how some people might think it is silly to be scared (like some of the children in this book who tease Sophie)even though you can’t help your feelings. It also helped to start a discussion about things we wish we could do and being brave, and about little things you can do to face your fears. S also loved the bit of history at the end that the story was based on. We will definitely be looking for more of Katherine’s books to read together.

Thank you for reading this post by me and mummy. Tell me in the comments about any books that you think I might enjoy and I will be back soon with another post. 

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