Friday, 20 January 2012


Publisher: Usborne (June, 2011)

Reviewed by Wendy Meddour

It is very hard not to love Penny Dreadful as she hurtles from one disaster to the next: providing ‘hair cuts’ with Dad’s electric razor, rescuing a possibly abandoned dog, and giving the school inspector a locust-filled day to remember!

Our little narrator chats away unstoppably and is so utterly believable, it’s as if Penny has completely taken over her creator - Joanna Nadin. Which is exactly as it should be, in this fast-paced world of fiasco and fun. The book is peopled with delightful, quirky, characters that slip in and out of the story effortlessly – and the narrative is only broken up by the gorgeous and perfectly matched illustrations provided by Jess Mikhail.

Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster absolutely deserved to be shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize this year – and I only have one complaint to make: I can’t keep up with antics of either Penny or Nadin! To my shame, I didn’t realise that Usborne have already published the second book in the series (Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe), and a third and fourth book are lined up for 2012! But it doesn’t surprise me. This character could just keep going – she’s so full of energy and mischief – and Nadin brings her to life with fluency and ease.

This is a wonderful book for children and child-like adults; particularly those with a slightly silly sense of humour, a love of chaos, and an aptitude to giggle in a group. I’d recommend it to all my favourite people – both large and small.



Penny Dolan said...

These sound just right for lots of young readers - and good to have a funny girl too!

reda said...

كيف تحقق النجاح بالنسبة لخدمات كشف تسربات المياه بجدة حتي نكون علي اقتناع تام بأننا شركة كشف تسربات بجدة تقدم خدمات لا مثيل لها من خلال فنين يمتلكون القدرة علي اكتشاف جميع انواع التسريبات من خلال تدريبهم العالي علي الاجهزة الحديثة التي تساعد علي ذلك بدون هدم او تكسير كل ذلك سوف تجدونه عندما تتواصلوا مع شركة كشف تسربات المياه بجدة والتي تقدم كل ما لديها لمساعدتكم

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