Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): When the Second World War breaks out, young Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of kind old Tom Oakley. But then his cruel mother summons him back to war-torn London…

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House who are publishing a special 40th anniversary edition. I have given Goodnight Mister Tom by Michele Magorian five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I have to admit I was surprised that I had never read this book before; this would’ve definitely been a book I would’ve loved when I enjoyed reading Michael Morpurgo. However, I’m so glad I finally picked it up because this book absolutely ruined me and is a new found favourite!

This is an incredibly emotional, touching and hopeful story based around WWII and evacuees. One evacuee in particular, Willie Beech. When we first meet Willie, he’s a frightened and traumatised boy who has been abused and neglected by his mother. That is until he moves to Little Weirwold and meets Tom Oakley, a grumpy man who keeps to himself. As they become acquainted with one another, the friendship, love and happiness that starts to blossom between the two is unmatched. I found myself smiling, tearing up and in awe at this book.

We’re introduced to more evacuated children in the town who also become a special part of Willie’s life and my life too. This book is beautifully written; from the atmospheric descriptions to the accented language in which they speak in Little Weirwold. The best way I can describe Goodnight Mister Tom is with an oxymoron: an uplifting tearjerker.

I definitely want to watch the movie adaptation to Goodnight Mister Tom in the near future as I’ve heard lots of wonderful things about it although I expect I’ll bawl my eyes out more at an adaptation. I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone.

Have you read Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

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