The Doldrums Nicholas Gannon Cover


“Out of the thousands of children born every single day, at least one of them will turn out to be a dreamer.”


This is by far my favourite quote from the book The Doldrums and really sets the tone for the book. I absolutely loved reading this book and cannot wait until my children are old enough to appreciate it. Imagine if Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket got together to write a book that was the cross between The Phantom Tollbooth and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy… and you start to understand the sort of wonderful this book is.

The Doldrums Nicholas Gannon

The story is of a boy called Archer B. Helmsley. He is the grandson of the renowned explorers and naturalists Ralph and Rachel Helmsley. This alone should mean he is bound to come across amazing adventures. But integral to any great story are amazing friends, and Archer has Oliver and Adélaïde.

The Doldrums Nicholas Gannon 

Together these three friends embark on an awesome journey fueled, in part, by their incredible imagination and insatiable curiosity. But to say just that, would be simplifying things. The real story is their friendship and how Archer comes to terms with who he is. It is such a delightful and beautiful story. One that is designed to be read and read again.


The Doldrums, like many of Harper Collins books, also have teachers notes which give you a wide variety of ideas that you can cover. Even better, the teachers notes are free. Just log onto their website to check if your favourite books have teacher’s notes – parents can use them too. And if you like the notes written for The Doldrums, let me know… because I wrote them!


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The Doldrums Nicholas Gannon Text

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Kylie Purtell

Sounds like an awesome book! I can’t wait until my big girl is big enough to read chapter books with me. She’s 4 and almost ready, we’ve started reading longer picture books that are more wordy and I think a couple more months and she’ll be ready. She is a total bookworm and aside from drawing it’s the only other thing that she will sit attentive to for more than 5 minutes. I’m adding this to my list for future borrowing. Thanks for sharing!


She sounds like my little girl! I can’t wait until we share books too. I just hope we end up wanting to read the same books… otherwise it will kind of destroy my fantasy!


I love books that encourage imagination and curiosity. We are far too busy trying to keep our children safe without encouraging them to go out and explore. We need to find a balance. I will have to have a look for this book.


And this book is all about finding the adventures in life! I agree – too much cotton wool in this world.


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