Review: The terrible suitcase – moved

The terrible suitcase
The terrible suitcase by Emma Allen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lovely story about the first day of school, and how one little thing can ruin the day – or does it. Great illustrations and good writing. Blackwood’s trademark pencil and watercolour illustrations are excellently suited to this story for pre-schoolers and preps.

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Review: Daizy Star and the Pink Guitar

Daizy Star and the Pink GuitarDaizy Star and the Pink Guitar by Cathy Cassidy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Daizy Star is the second book of the Daizy Star series by Cathy Cassidy. Daizy has some crazy family problems to deal with in this book – finding out what here star feature is, and friends that think Ethan is the cutest boy in the school (bleugh!). But the biggest problem is Daizy’s Dad’s ‘mid-life’ crisis. He wants to go to Malawi and build schools and wells, and teach the kids. Unfortunately, no-one else in the family wants to go, including Daizy’s mum. It’s up to Daizy to find a solution to all the problems.

This is an enjoyable read for upper primary, despite the ‘lovey-dovey’ stuff, which is actually resolved reasonably well. The voices feel genuine, and although Daizy is a huge dramar queen, her heart is firmly ‘in the right place’.

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