I could not love this book any more! @lisanicolauthor has once again blown our minds with a story so fabulously bonkers and so beautifully written that I had to just lie in a dark room for a good while and appreciate what I had just read….. definitely in the running for one of my favourite books of the year!

Rachel Robson, Children’s literacy specialist, Gleebooks, 31 August 2021

…a superbly crafted blend of wonder, action and remarkable characters.

Joy Lawn, Magpie Magazine, May 2022

What a beautiful story Lisa Nicol has written for us to enjoy. It is heart-warming and so full of love, but also loss. By the time you finish The What on Earth Institute of Wonder, you may just want to go out and save the world single-handedly…. This is definitely a book you will want to read more than once.

 Sue Mauger, Glamadelaide, September 24, 2021

The What on Earth Institute of Wonder is indeed itself wonderful, a finely honed, multi-faceted little gem…

Kevin Steinberger, Magpie Magazine, Nov 21

From the moment I began to read this middle grade, speculative fiction novel, I knew it was a goodie…. It will make readers smile, yearn, feel sad and most of all wonder ….. A quirky, heartfelt, unique story of friendship, family and conviction that is sure to be eaten up by kids aged 9-13.

Renee Mihulka, CBCA’s Reading time, Nov 21

This is a hilarious, magical, quirky and just-a-little-bit serious tale about friends, family and the wonders of nature.

Kid’s Reading Guide 2021 -22, Handpicked and reviewed by Australia’s leading booksellers

Charming and surprising and mysterious and whacky. It hooked me from the beginning….One of those books you just put down and sigh with satisfaction.

Pamela Ueckerman, Middlegrade Mavens Podcast, Episode 98

…her writing wraps around me like a warm doona and I slip immediately back into my childhood. …I have to say, Lisa Nicol does not get nearly as many song dedications and street parades as she deserves.

Nat Amoore, Author and Critic, One More Page Podcast, Episode 62

This is a delightful story with elements of fantasy, environmental activism, family dilemmas and friendship all woven together with whimsy to create a charming story for young readers. … uplifting and warm, and quirkily appealing with a touch of the impossible.

 Carolyn Hull, Readplus Oct 28, 2021

With adventure, family life, humour and drama a-plenty, I heartily recommend this for your readers from around Year 4 upwards.

Kid’s Book Review, 21 October 2021

Lisa Nicol’s whimsical way with words is becoming the stuff of legend. Her narratives are an intoxicating mix of wonderment, cheek and incredible heart; a strange combination but one that makes her middle grade novels fulfilling and memorable. The What on Earth Institute of Wonder perpetuates this premise while managing to incorporate an African forest elephant and a New Zealand Kakapo into the same sentence, never mind the same Kombi van!

 Dimity Powell, Dim’s Write Stuff