Sunday, 8 April 2012
Quirky Kids' Series
Kes Gray's Daisy series
picture books, now has a series of younger reader chapter books about her too. All are called "Daisy and the Trouble with" something, and in each she's in (unsurprisingly!) some kind of trouble, which you usually don't know the details of until some way into the book. Each is narrated by Daisy herself, and she addresses the reader directly. She doesn't mean to get into these scrapes, but genuinely doesn't understand the implications of her actions at first. She's easy for kids to relate to and has a friendly, quirky voice. Daisy's 'troubles' are rooted in real life, but are quite extreme for children to delight in, not being things that normal kids would typically do.
Tamsyn Murray's Stunt Bunny series
Harriet Houdini is Stunt Bunny. She lives with the Wilson family as their pet and enters Superpets Live, a series of TV competitions for talented pets (a different competition is the focus of each book). Harriet also tells us her own story, and shares her thoughts about the competitions. Stunt Bunny, unlike Daisy, faces dangers in her stories: she is always at risk of being bunny-napped, and she has stiff competition from other Superpets.
Joanna Nadin's Penny Dreadful series
Kjartan Poskitt's Agatha Parrot series
In Agatha Parrot we have another less-than-perfect girl explaining her adventures to us. This series focuses more on Agatha's friends than her family, with the first in the series being school-centred and the second more of a family story. These oddball stories feature an introduction to the gang at the start of the book, which helps children to figure out who's who. Agatha's narration is also aware of the reader and she carefully contextualises events and people for us.
Maudie Smith's Opal Moonbaby series
reviewed Opal Moonbaby in January.
Cathy Cassidy's Daizy Star series