The Castle of Inside Out

By David Henry Wilson

Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Age range: 9–11; Book Band Y5/P6; Grey A; Sapphire

ISBN: 9781846883965

144 pages

RRP: £5.59

Part Animal Farm, part Alice in Wonderland, The Castle of Inside Out is a mirror of the reader’s world and introduces themes of natural law, justice, charity and social responsibility.

Lorina, a young schoolgirl, is led by a black rabbit through a wood to a magical land. There she finds a a race of green people, who are all overworked, starving and subjected to the toxic fumes billowing out of a nearby castle. She decides to gain access to the castle on behalf of the poor green people, and within its walls she meets the “insiders”, selfish creatures who hoard all the resources and treat the outsiders as slaves. Her quest leads her to encounter the bureaurat, the superviper, the farmadillo and, eventually, the awful Piggident himself.

Wonderfully illustrated by Chris Riddell, The Castle of Inside Out is an unforgettable and hilarious tale of adventure, set in a world where injustice and arrogance are widespread and must be countered by its courageous and compassionate heroine.


  • A short little fantasy, told with gusto, interspersed with humorous verses and some rather good illustrations by Chris Riddell

    Literary Review

  • Guaranteed to make children of seven and up wriggle with glee

    The Times

  • Sheer verbal delight shines through in this combination of political and environmental fable and poetic parable

    Times Education Supplement

  • The multi-layered novel is great fun for children – but also effectively bridges the gap with adults, providing a thoroughly enjoyable read

    Western Daily Express

  • With superb illustrations by Chris Riddell, this is a superbly written story with a wonderfully compassionate heroine who deserves our respect.

    Parents in Touch

David Henry Wilson

David Henry Wilson is a children’s author best known for his Jeremy James series and the Superdog series. His books have been translated into many languages including Spanish, German, Thai and French. He has also written numerous plays including People in Cages and frequently works as a translator from French and German.

Read an interview with David Henry Wilson here