The Green Book

by Jill Paton Walsh
64 pages, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Jeanne

Good read for young children with no bad content, but a strange plot.


The end has come to planet Earth and the people are leaving in spaceships to search for other planets on which to live. When they reach the planet they name "Shine", they must try to survive in its strange environment.


The idea of right and wrong is left basically untouched throughout the story. Moral situations are not present in the tale.

Spiritual Content

Like morality, spirituality is not addressed in the story.


A little boy mentions guns at one point and how they will do little good on this new planet.

Drug and Alcohol Content

The people take pills when on the ship to allow them to sleep.

Sexual Content

None, save for the mention of creatures laying eggs.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Light exclamations like "Heavens!" but nothing more.


"The Green Book" is an interesting tale best suited for younger readers. There is little character development in it and the style is extremely simple. Children may find the story gripping, but the idea of having to leave Earth as the characters of the book did is a foreign one to the young reader.

In praise of the tale, the authoress' descriptions of the land are quite well done and allow the reader to envision the places easily. Also, the end was interesting and wrapped up the story well.

Fun Score: 3
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 5-7

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