THE FALSE ROSE By Jakob Wegelius @pushkinpress #TheFalseRose #SallyJones

Available now | Hardback |

I would like to thank Poppy Stimpson of Pushkin Press for letting me be on the blog tour for this book


When Sally Jones and The Chief discover a curious rose-shaped necklace hidden onboard their beloved Hudson Queen, it’s the start of a perilous adventure for the seafaring gorilla and her faithful friend. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, they set sail for Glasgow. There, they fall into the clutches of the city’s most ruthless gang, commanded by a fearsome smuggler queen who will stop at nothing to snatch the necklace for herself. 

Held prisoner hundreds of miles from friendship and safety, Sally Jones must use all her strength, determination and kindness to escape and unravel the mysterious story of the false rose―a twisting tale leading all the way from Lisbon to Shetland and the South Seas.


Although this book is mainly aimed at children it is an absolute delightful read as an adult as well. This is the sequel to The Murderers Ape which I haven’t yet read but i did buy it after reading this book. I wanted to see what previous adventures Sally Jones had had previous to this book. This can be read as a stand-alone so it is not necessary to have read the previous book in order to read this. The whole story is all new it’s just nice to see where some of her other characters had come into Sally’s life.

The whole story is told from the point of view of Sally Jones, but Sally Jones isn’t a person she is an ape. If you like a book full of great characters then look no further because this is an absolute joy to read, and to be honest if you picked it up and started reading it you wouldn’t necessarily think it was a children’s book, because it makes a good read for adults as well.

The writer has the ability of drawing you into the story and making you feel like you are there in the thick of it. Everything is brought to life, whether that be the characters or the ship or the place the story is set at that time. You can picture the characters, but that is also helped along by the beautiful black and white illustrations at the beginning of the book.

This is as good as any action, suspense, mystery book you could read the story keeps the reader engaged and riveted from start to finish. In this adventure Sally and the chief Henry Koskela are still trying to repair their boat the Hudson Queen from the last adventure. Funds are a little low so they have to grab work where they can.

But when Sally and the Chief find a curious shaped necklace hidden on board the Hudson Queen, it leads to another adventure across the seas. Who is Henry Jenkins really? What had he been doing on the Hudson Queen when they first met? What was he looking for? He had said he was interested in the boat but was he making that up? Sally definitely manages to somehow get into some scrapes with plenty of twists and turns, even getting sucked into the criminal underworld of Glasgow. There’s also not much Sally can’t seem to turn her hand to, engineer, bouncer, working on a fairground, smuggler but best of all a friend.

Sally only sees the good in everyone, despite the way she is sometimes treated, she is nothing but kind and compassionate and normally manages to turn people to her way of thinking. She is a delightful character that you just want to read more of.

So if you are looking for a bit of an adventure, get yourself a copy of this, grab a blanket and curl up with a hot drink and settle down to a brilliant story.

This is an absolute ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read, adventure and fun with some great memorable characters. Whether you are 10 or 70 years old you can enjoy this. I look forward to reading more of Sally Jones’s adventures.


Jakob Wegelius is a Swedish writer and illustrator who lives and works in the small village of Mortfors. The False Rose is his sequel to The Murderous Ape, which won the August Prize for Best Children’s Book and the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize. It also won the leading children’s book prizes in Germany and France and was an International Youth Library White Raven selection. The Legend of Sally Jones is also available from Pushkin’s children’s, Visit Jakob at

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