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Fantastic Mr Bean by Mary-Anne Scott, illus. Lisa Allen. Pub. OneTree House, 2020.

December 12, 2020 Comments off

A short, easy to read novel wrapped around a school production of Roals Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.

Lachie and his class are puting on a production of Mr Fox and he desperately wants to play Mr Fox but he doesn’t want to have to say the smulchy terms that Mr Fox calls his wife. Result he gets the part but can’t go through with it.

When the play is being acted out an incident happens that turns lachie into a hero. Read it and see what it is.

Short 56 page novel in large print for the most reluctant of readers. There should be more of this type of novel for children. The story is terrific and lisa Allen’s illustrations enhance the story and the characters.

Dear Princess Meghan by Sophie Siers & Katie Wilson.

November 3, 2019 Comments off

meghanDear Princess Meghan by Sophie Siers & Katie Wilson. Pub. Millwood press, 2019.

You could see this picture book as satire or you could see it as the hopes and dreams of a little girl who is in no hurry to meet her prince but has ideas about what it will take based on Princess Meghan’s wedding.

Emma is a young girl who is impressed that a girl just like herself “becomes a famous actress, falls in love with a Prince and becomes a true, real life princess”.

She is determined to follow Meghan’s path a gets the role of Anne Boleyn in the school play. She starts acting the way she thinks a princess should act in front of her family and class mates. It doesn’t go down well.

She writes to Princess Meghan in a series of letters asking her concerns “how did you learn to give orders?” Do you really have to let your maid brush your teeth?”.

Emma has a lot to learn but finally realises “luckily I’m not in any hurry to find my Prince!”

Love the letter writing and the illustrations are suitably royal and multi cultural.

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A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison

March 1, 2012 Comments off

A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison. Pub. HarperCollins, 2012.

This book is a laugh. Very clever parody of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream, Northern England and Irish character, and a pre-pubescent girl who is waiting for her corkers to grow.

I found myself laughing out loud in places and smiling with the genius of the wit.

Tallulah Casey is a madcap girl but serious about her acting ability and her quest for boys. In the first book , Withering Tights, she attends Dother Hall performing arts college run by the outrageous Sidone Beaver. She wondered whether she would ever meet boys and start snogging.

Well she’s done it twice now and longs for more especially with her absent boyfriend Alex who writes her a promising letter. But there are other boys.

Back at scholl she meets her old classmates including the Bottomley sisters whose mother drives the bus and does cage fighting in Leeds at the weekend. She also meets bad boy Cain Hinchcliff or the animal in trousers, who gives her something to think about.

Great fun but don’t let me spoil it for you read it yourself. If you have read Rennison’s previous series about Georgia Nicolson then you will love this book. I did.