Miss L Reviews “Nim’s Island” by Wendy Orr

What’s it about?

A girl. An iguana. An island. And e-mail. Meet Nim–a modern-day Robinson Crusoe! She can chop down bananas with a machete, climb tall palm trees, and start a fire with a piece of glass. So she’s not afraid when her scientist dad sails off to study plankton for three days, leaving her alone on their island. Besides, it’s not as if no one’s looking after her–she’s got a sea lion to mother her and an iguana for comic relief. She also has an interesting new e-mail pal. But when her father’s cell-phone calls stop coming and disaster seems near, Nim has to be stronger and braver than she’s ever been before.

What was your favorite part? That Alex Rover wasn’t really a super hero, but she was still brave. Also that Jack came home finally.

What part was boring?  When the lady said the email addresses a lot when they were emailing.

Would you want to read more about Nim? Yes. (Well, actually she just nodded like a bobble-head doll.)

Would you ever want to go to Nim’s Island and visit her? YESS!

What would do you on the island with Nim? Play with her and sleep with Fred and Selkie.

Who do you like better? Fred (the marine iguana) or Selkie (the sea lion)? Selkie the sea lion because I think she’s kind of cool looking!

Would you change anything about the story if you could?  No.

Would you recommend this book to other kids your age? Yes.

Did you like the lady’s voice who told us the story? Yes. She sounded very nice.

What do you rate the story? 4 Cthulhus. (She wouldn’t tell me why it wasn’t a 5.)

Adult Notes:  At just over 2 hours long, Nim’s Island was a very enjoyable small time-commitment audio book. The narrator’s voice was very pleasing, and the story itself was wonderful. I liked that it gives young girls a role model their own age to look up to. Nim survives – essentially on her own – for around two weeks on a tropical island. She gets sad, and she reaches out when she needs help, via the solar-powered satellite connection,  but mostly she just tries her best to do what needs to be done.  Selkie and Fred are cute, and everyone’s antics manage to make you smile at random times.

Above all, the lesson that you don’t have to be a super-hero to be brave and strong (something I was a little surprised that Miss L picked up on) made this book worth it. Fantastic writing by the author!

5 Star Rating

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Title: Nim’s Island | Author: Wendy Orr (site) | Narrator: Kate Reading (site) | Publisher: Yearling (site) | Publication Date: 2002-7-11 | Pages: 128 – Audio time: 2:25 | ISBN: 0440418682  | Genre: Childrens | Language: English | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Triggers: Maternal Death (mentioned a couple times) | Date Read: 2015-10-22 | Source: Self-purchased audio book.

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