If you've ever wondered what life was like in England in 1493, look no further. The Wool-Pack is a delightful tale well-told and beautifully illustrated both by the deft use of language and the author's own drawings. It is also a stunning portrait of 15th Century England, when the Wool Trade was the Country's most important industry.
These days, it is rare to find a book with a beginning, a middle and an end. The Wool-Pack has all three. It also has characters that are fascinating and charming in equal measure. They are brought to life through a skillfully-woven plot and a vocabulary of old English that is as extraordinary as it is engaging. Together these things make it a masterpiece of traditional story-telling.
While this book is entertaining as a simple, yet engaging tale, what makes it a true classic is that historically it is full of fascinating period detail. (I was born in Newbury and went to School near Burford so can vouch for the accuracy and authenticity of every nugget.)
This book is a forgotten treasure, I think this is easy to see from the number of 5-star reviews it has garnered. I hope some film-maker will discover it and bring it to life for future generations to enjoy. With all due respect to Harry Potter, this is what a children's book should really be like!