Posted in 2020, children's fiction, Contemporary Fiction, First Read, Helen Nickolson, Review Copy

Great Grandma's Shed: Marcum Road Follies by Helen Nickolson

While driving her daughter Katherine to day-care about 28 years ago, Helen began telling her “dreams” about Old Red, the kind convertible with magical powers who lived next to them in the country. He also had some adopted buddies–a Dalmatian called Cutie Pie and a duck named Teepo. These stories were very comforting to Katherine, especially when she didn’t want to be separated from her mother. Years later, she still would oftentimes ask her mother if she had had a “dream,” so Helen began recording the adventures of Old Red. Now, these adventures are together in this heart-warming book.


[Old Red lived in the small country town of Nicolas, which was teensy in size but gigantic in heart]


(@AdelaideBooksNY, 12 December 2019, 58 pages, ebook, copy from @AdelaideBooksNY and voluntarily reviewed)




This delightful book is exactly what I expected – sweet, fun and imaginative. The book contains a bunch of stories about the adventures of Old Red, Cutie Pie and Teepo. They are a lot of fun to read about. The stories are very imaginative and entertaining and I was sad when I reached the end of the book because I enjoyed the stories so much. This would be a great read-aloud book. I really enjoyed it and it made me all nostalgic. 


I live in Glasgow in the UK with my partner. I work in the Financial Services. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies.

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