Gulnare of the Sea is One of the 100 Best Children’s Books of 2016 according to children and parents on Toppsta!


‘Gulnare of the Sea is one of the best stories I’ve ever read!’ – Read by Kieranadine07 age 7, as reviewed on Toppsta

‘(This) has been a super book to share with my daughter who is 7 … Sea adventures, princesses, enchanted cities, battles, love – what’s not to like?! … I know we will be looking to start a new book collection now of more in this series … Appealing to all.’ – Read to Hannah age 7, as reviewed on Toppsta

‘A really accessible read, good old-fashioned storytelling … brilliant to read together with younger children or for a confident reader looking for something magical … endearing illustrations from Anja Gram … Gulnare of the Sea is a gorgeous story … Kelley Townley does an excellent job in retelling these stories in a simple, engaging style.’ – Read by Catherine, as reviewed on Toppsta

‘Fantastic book with lots of twists and turns. The book says it’s for ages 7-11 but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it too … Would definitely recommend this book for children and adults alike.’ – Read to Jamesp age 8, as reviewed on Toppsta

‘… While this book may be designed for ages 7-11 it is a great story for most older ages too. I loved revisiting a story I’d read in my own childhood and will look out for others in the series.’ – Read to eviltedijr age 9 and conkerswrath age 8, as reviewed on Toppsta

‘This is a lovely story full of adventure and magic. It’s one of the less well known Arabian Nights stories. The girls really enjoyed this story in particular because it was about a princess and much of it was set in the sea. We would love to read more in the series. The book text is easy to read, my 9 year old could read it independently very easily. The text was accompanied by beautiful illustrations. Highly recommended.’ – Read to Lydib age 9 and Fifiod age 4, as reviewed on Toppsta

‘… We like the story a lot – personally it reminds me of the stories I used to read as a child (25 years ago) … My daughter really likes the adventures of King Beder – sinking ship or him being changed into the white bird are her favourite. I think the author has written a light, cunning and shrewd book! We already ordered another title in series: The Adventures of Prince Camar and Princess Badoura. I highly recomend this book not only for 7-10 years old but also for older children!’ – Read to Suzanne age 7, as reviewed on Toppsta

‘I have read this book to my 6 year old a chapter at a time each night, just the right length before bed. The story is both wonderful and gripping, moving through the life of Gulnare and her family both in the sea and on land at a cracking pace.’ – Read to Erin age 6, as reviewed on Toppsta

‘A great read with lots of little twists … I found myself wanting to read more even though my daughter was asleep. Would 100% recommend it.’ – Read to Eric age 6 and Ame age 7, as reviewed on Toppsta