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Children’s Book Review

Meet Penelope Jones aka Penny Dreadful – the ‘Dreadful’ bit is her dad’s joke, but she doesn’t get it… young Penny isn’t dreadful, it’s just that sometimes her BRILLIANT IDEAS don’t work out completely brilliantly. Like she didn’t mean for her cousin to end up bald and covered in superglue when she decided to be a hairdresser and she also didn’t mean to steal her neighbour’s dog and make him speak Russian… It is not her fault. She can’t help it – She’s just a “Magnet for Disaster.”

Penny’s adventures have only recently made their way into our lives and made an instant side-splitting impact. With her equally hilarious best friend Cosmo always at her side Penny’s funny little antics have had us in stitches at bedtime, at times holding our hands over our mouths pleading with Penny ‘no…don’t do it, don’t do it”.

The stories are written in the same fast paced, sentences rolling one into another style as ‘real’ kids speak. You can’t help but read fast and and and run along with every chapter. To see Molly’s eyes wide with excitement and nervousness at what’s coming next is such a joy. Besides Roald Dahl’s Matilda these are the only chapter books that have completely engaged her, page after page. Conclusion of my Children’s Book Review??!! Usborne’s Penny Dreadful Series is a wonder, a total wonder – you just gotta get for your kids to enjoy too :)

I don’t agree with others that this is a long awaited Horrid Henry for girls – Penny is far from horrid, not one bit naughty and mean, but rather a young little girl with loads of funny ideas about how to make some pocket money that don’t always go to plan. She doesn’t know she’s mischievous or funny, she’s just cute – and we love her :)

Shortlisted for Roald Dahl’s Funny Prize 2011

I’ll leave you with this little wisdom from Penny “I am sick and tired of being on the naughty chair, which is not actually a chair that’s been naughty, it is a chair for naughty people’ :)


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