Children’s Book Review: Jack’s Amazing Shadow

Jack’s Amazing Shadow is a beautifully illustrated story by Tom Percival, all about Jack and his best friend who happens to be his rather incredible shadow.

Jack's Amazing Shadow by Tom Percival

Jack’s Amazing Shadow by Tom Percival

But even best friends fall out and when Jack gets the blame for something his shadow has done he decides enough is enough and goes about trying to stop his shadow from following him around. He tries running away, but of course his shadow is faster, he tries jumping really high which works for a bit, well until he hits the ground again, but my favourite is when he clips his shadow to the washing line. It’s a great picture.

I loved reading this to Eliza and also to Tilly, it’s perfect for both their ages (3 and 5). The tale ends happily when Jack feels a bit funny and realises he misses his shadow, there’s a wonderful moment where Jack and Shadow are looking a bit shy and neither really knows what to say until they both say sorry. It’s a really perfect story to help children understand that it’s okay to fall out with friends but it’s much better to make up again.

Illustration from Jack's Amazing Shadow by Tom Percival

Illustration from Jack’s Amazing Shadow by Tom Percival

Tom Percival is a writer, artist, video producer and musician which is a fairly impressive list of day jobs. He’s the artist behind the succesful Skulduggery Pleasant series and has two previous pictures books of his own, A Home for Mr Tipps and Tobias and the Super-Scary Ghost Book.

Have a quick look at the wonderful teaser video and grab the book when it’s out on 18th April RRP £5.99.

Animated preview of Jack’s Amazing Shadow

Our verdict is that it’s a lovely book and a great bed time read, I highly recommend it.


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  1. I’m so glad that you liked Jack’s AMAZING Shadow. Thanks for reviewing it! All the best, Tom.


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