Monday, 18 June 2018

The Great Telephone Mix-up by Sally Nicholls and Sheena Demspy (Children's, 7 years +, 10/10E)

April 2018, Barrington Stoke, 96 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Summary from Barrington Stoke
When the village wires get crossed after a storm, there’s a lot of confusion and plenty of missed connections. Margaret can’t run her summer fair, Jai can’t speak to Aditi, and Will is rather happy because no one can tell his mum how much trouble he’s in! Can the villagers learn to love their neighbours and could the great telephone mix-up really be a blessing in disguise?

Nayu's thoughts
I was intrigued by how telephone lines could be mixed, as well as liking Sheena's previous work and I wasn't disappointed by this book! The reason for the crossed telephone wires was believable. I loved how it forced people who ordinarily wouldn't say hi to each other not only to chat because passing on the other person's message was the polite thing to do, but they enjoyed it and continued their new found friendships after the phones finally got fixed. 

As a reader it reminded me people often juggle more than they are letting on, or are too shy to ask an important question which could change their life in a positive way. There is a real sense of community to the village which wasn't there before the phone incident, the most pleasing outcome was someone recognising a character needed help (this is vague on purpose because several characters are helped but one in particular made me extremely happy because sometimes a person just needs 1 opportunity to change their life around). Obviously I was thrilled a cat featured in the tale which has a happy ending. The community spirit here feels replicated in real life whenever we have a power cut or lots of snow making ordinary travel tricky. As usual Barrington Stoke have awesome books in easy to read off white pages and clear fonts.

Find out more on Sally's website and Sheena's website

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