• Becca McCulloch

Review: The Ring of Gillywood

‘There he is,’ whispered Vixen. ‘It’s true then,’ said Buck Rabbit. ‘He’s just a small mole,’ said Doe Rabbit. ‘He’s not just a mole,’ said Vixen.

A great queen loses a ring. Hundreds of years later a ring slips onto the paw of a young mole. The mole grows to be a wise and trusted leader of Gilly Wood and all the animals that live there. But a great threat is coming. Can one small mole save a whole valley? Mole sets out to do just that with friends he makes along the way and the strange thing on his paw…


This was a delightful readaloud that enchanted my children during a long car ride. Ms. Banister writes with fluent ease using relatable characters (who are moles - no small feat). She wrote about big and small issues deftly and kept my children's attention in rather delightful ways. I loved the stately Queen while they immediately felt drawn to Mole and his unexpected treasure.

The book was so delightful that it's led to several flights of fancy in our house. Our Great Dane knocked over a ceramic that's been knocked over before. As a young girl, I slipped a small, cheap ring inside before my father glued it back together. This weekend, the ring was discovered and - as you can imagine - has led to eager lookouts wondering if this is the ring and if Mole is waiting just out of sight to help us as he did Gilly Wood.

Purchase Links

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ring-Gilly-Wood-Ruth-Banister/dp/178132817X

US - https://www.amazon.com/Ring-Gilly-Wood-Ruth-Banister/dp/178132817X

Author Bio – Ruth was born on a hot August day on a farm in Sussex. Her English teacher once made her write a story about wasps after one landed on her during a lesson. She still hates wasps but she loves writing. Ruth now lives in Kent with her family and their strange dog.

Website – www.ruthbanister.com

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