Movies Showing Nowhere

Yorick Goldewijk, translated by Laura Watkinson

What a wonderful idea to set a time travelling story with a cinema screen as the portal. Translated from Dutch, this award-winning novel (The Golden Pencil Prize for Best Dutch Children’s Book of the Year) tells the story of how Cate, a little bit sad, a little bit angry and definitely a little bit quirky, is introduced to a run-down cinema which can take her back into the past.

Cate’s mum died the day Cate was born, her dad is distant and distracted and the person who shows the most interest in her is mean Cornelia from next door. Then she meets Mrs Kano and is led to her unusual cinema and its ability to take Cate back into the past.

This is a story about memories, grief and moving on. There are many moments which children will find relatable, such as Cate’s feelings towards her ‘interfering’ neighbour but younger readers might find the slightly detached style different to what they are used to. It is a book to provoke thought and curiosity. Therefore, although the language is simple, I would recommend this to readers at the end of KS2, start of KS3.

Published by Pushkin Press, 2024 (242 pages)

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton