Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers and Diana Toledano (Children's, 5 years +, 10/10E)

I always knew books were magic! This one is literally.
 May 2018, Chronicle Books,  160 pages, Ebook, Review copy

Summary from Chronicle Books
Polly loves words. And she loves writing stories. So when a magic book appears on her doorstep that can make everything she writes happen in real life, Polly is certain all of her dreams are about to come true. But she soon learns that what you write and what you mean are not always the same thing!

Nayu's thoughts 
Polly is a sweet girl about to experience having a sibling, which means her parents are more distracted than ever, as is the not entirely focused babysitter who comes when Polly's mum goes into labour. Polly's imagination is enormous, which is why she ends up with a house that was what she thought she wanted but turned out to be more trouble than expected, thanks to the magical book. Her choice of bedroom and a magical creature didn't appeal to me as I've had nightmares from both, but they initially provided Polly with fun before the downside of using magic happened. Magic always has a price! 

I like how the story focused on the language Polly used - different words convey different meanings, something everybody learns not just those writing stories. In this review I had to change a few words because they weren't conveying what I wanted to you. Being able to express yourself through writing really matters!

I loved how Polly's feelings about her life changing because of the baby, as it gives readers an i sight into how much life can change with a new sibling, both with and without a lot of magic at work. Their parents used to focus on them, but along comes a brother or sister and goodbye sole attention. Polly is young enough to be a bit frustrated by this, so she takes it upon herself to get creative with how to do what her parents said they'd do with her. She is particularly clever when it comes to decorating her room, but her lack of life experience meant she didn't think through all the practical issues or the repercussions that come from using magic, making her day rather interesting! I believe this is the first in a series which I'm looking forward to reading!

Find out more Alice's website and Diana's website.

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