Book Review #6 : Losing Arthur

Hello all! I hope you enjoyed my last two posts (Counting By 7s book review and my latest story) and enjoy this one just as much.

I got given this book for Christmas by my Nana and Grandad and it came with an interesting story: the author, Paul A. Mendelson, used to sit in a café that they visit quite regularly and they actually saw him there, signing copies of this book!


TITLE: Losing Arthur

BY: Paul A. Mendelson


BLURB: Zack has only one true friend in the world: Arthur. The trouble is, only Zack can see him. One day, Zack’s mum gets fed up, ‘grabs’ Arthur, stuffs a handful of what she thinks is thin air into a box and posts it to a made-up address she says is Zack’s long-vanished Dad’s.

In Cape Fury, Scotland, a stranger opens a mysterious box. It contains something only his eight-year-old, Kirstie, can see: a befuddled, odd-looking little creature, calling himself Arthur. But there’s a big problem – Arthur is fading fast. Luckily, quick-thinking Arthur leaves a clue for Zack to find in order to come and save him. So now the usually timid Zack has to set off on a perilous journey to rescue his imaginary friend before he fades away forever. But there’s and even bigger problem. Someone or something is trying to stop Zack from getting there…

WHY I LIKE/DON’T LIKE IT: I wasn’t sure of this book when I received it so I procrastinated reading it until I had nothing left to read and in the end I just went for it. I have to admit, it surprised me. This is such an imaginative story and brings out good memories of having an imaginative friend when I was younger. I like it because of the way it’s told and how everything comes together neatly at the end. It’s such a good book because the plot is so creative and wild. I think this book will lift even the grumpiest of moods.

IMPROVEMENT SUGGESTIONS: Hmmmm….. this is a tough one. I’m not sure I have any, it’s so lovely.

THIS BOOK IN THREE WORDS: Imaginative-Wild-Heartlifting

RECOMMENDATION: I recommend this book for 8+ as it is a little long. However, it’s for anybody who needs cheering up and reminders of happy memories.

RATING: 9/10 because it’s not quite as good as other books I’ve read.



(Please note: all opinions are my own and I was not asked or paid to do this review. Thank you!)

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  • Aaah this sounds like a lovely book! My auntie had an imaginary friend when she was growing up – he was called Little Blue and she still remembers him.

    This sounds like a gorgeous book! I’m tempted to read it myself 😉 Lovely review Ella xx
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    • Reply April 5, 2018

      Ella Ridgway

      Aw he sounds adorable! I had several imaginary friends when I was younger though sadly I don’t remember them 🙁 Oh, you definitely should read it, its awesome! Thanks for such a nice comment 🙂

  • Reply April 1, 2018

    Nana xx

    Hi Ella! I’m glad you finally got round to reading ‘Losing Arthur’. The story sounded like it would be an imaginative one and I’m really pleased that you enjoyed it.

    • Reply April 5, 2018

      Ella Ridgway

      Yes it is Nana! I’m sorry it took me so long to read it; I had a stack of books I was determined to get through first but I’m so glad I did eventually read it! Love you xx 🙂

  • Reply April 3, 2018


    Book sounds like a happy read, well done. Great review. #wrc
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    • Reply April 5, 2018

      Ella Ridgway

      It definitely is Jenny! Its certainly one to read if you’re not very well. Thanks for the nice comment 🙂

  • Reply April 3, 2018

    Sarah Chistie

    Ah Ella this is the loveliest review the book sounds fab and just the sort of book I love to read with a bit of mystery. xx

    • Reply April 5, 2018

      Ella Ridgway

      It certainly is fabulous Sarah! The mystery just adds to the most amazing plot EVER! Thanks for the lovely comment 🙂

  • I’m about to fly off on holiday, so a good recommendation is very welcomed. And this sounds perfect!! xx
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    • Reply April 5, 2018

      Ella Ridgway

      Oh yeah it certainly will be Heledd! Thank you for a lovely comment 🙂

  • Reply April 7, 2018


    Ella, this is a great review and I love the sound of the book! I’m interested to know why you weren’t sure about it initially – was it the cover or the story idea?

    • Reply April 10, 2018

      Ella Ridgway

      Thanks so much Suzanne! I’m not sure really, I guess the cover didn’t look that appealing so I wasn’t 100% eager to read it but I was so wrong! You should try it for sure! Thanks again 🙂

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