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Something Slimy on Primrose Drive
by Karen Wallace 1558/2 illustrated by Helen Flook
first published 2002
Humour for ages 8 to 11 published by A & C Black (Publishers) Ltd
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
One normal street where the weirdest new neighbours have just arrived!
What happens?
Midnight and the Wolfbane family have just arrived at their new home on Primrose Drive. It has manicured lawns perfect flowerbeds and beautiful houses, just the sort of place that Pearl has always wanted to live, but by breakfast next morning her parents have added their own touches to the house, a subterranean kitchen with water running down the walls and a water hole filled with muddy brown water and snakes. Pearl could live with all of these strange needs of her family but her room was going to stay pink and frilly. When the neighbours return from their holiday, Pearl realises that she isn't the only little girl who is different to the rest of her family, because Ruby has the same sort of problems. Can these two girls find friendship with each other and can their families also become friends and who is that rather nasty man, Sid Bouncer and what is he trying to get his greedy little hands on?
Is it easy to read?
Quite easy to read for a confident reader, suitable for boys and girls.
Anything else?
A new series called Black Cats aimed at the 8+ age range the books I have seen so far all seem upbeat and highly readable. This is the kind of series where you know a child could take any of the books in the set and be challenged and enjoy a good read at the same time. This particular book was lovely It had turns and twists in the plot that meant it didn't turn out the way I was expecting it to. It is well written and the humour should be understandable to most children. I really liked it. Look out for more in the Black Cat series.
Other books by Karen Wallace include Fearless Fiona and the Mothproof Hall mystery, Sherlock Hound: The Case Of The Giant Gulping Bluebells, Yikes, It's a Yeti!.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
A raucous, fast-paced romp through a suburbia teeming with slime, snakes and people sleeping upside down. The story is a combination of the spooky and comic genres, and is designed for children between the ages of eight and twelve.
And what do you think?
Chelsea, Bacton School, Mendlesham Green
I think this book is great because it is exciting! And good for other kids because it is not a girl/boy thing! It's for both, and it's easy to read.
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