Saturday, 3 September 2011

Chips, Beans and Limousines: The Fantastic Diary of Bathsheba Clarice De Trop by Leila Rasheed (9 years +)

February 2008, Usborne, 
192 pages, Paperback
Personal copy 

Children's, 9 years + 

Themes: only spoiled child syndrome, no friends, living in a fantasy, not knowing who you are, scary life changes, family secrets, making a friend, embarrassing yourself in public, realising the value of life, some loves, some tissues needed. 

Summary from Usborne
Bathsheba Clarice de Trop thinks she's a star. Well, her mum is a world-famous novelist whose books are all about the amazing adventures of her fabulous daughter, and of course the stories must be true. But when Bathsheba is confronted by her down-and-out father, and discovers that her role in the fantastic new Bathsheba film will be played by hot US actress Avocado Dieppe, she has to face reality. She might not be as famous as she liked to think, but maybe she can still be a star in her own right. 

Nayuleska's reasons for loving Bathsheba: She is more of a drama queen than she realises, she dislikes qualities in others which she has in her herself (not that she can see them), she's one confused girl. So I suppose I don't love her, but I love how she slowly becomes a bit of a nicer person as the novel goes on. 

How evil/nasty is the enemy? Attitude can be a nasty characteristic to have because, as with Bathsheba, it often has the opposite desired effect and doesn't make you instantly popular with people. Being yourself without pretending to be a certain person really is the better option. 

Are there plenty of plot twists and surprises? Several plot twists change Bathsheba's life, helping her drop a little of the drama queen attitude, although I reckon it'll be a long time before she's more 'normal'. 

One of my favourite parts was...when Bathsheba and Keisha finally become friends, because friends shape who you are as a person, and Bathsheba needs a lot of shaping! 

This hyper read gets 9/10 from me. 

Check out more about Leila's books on her website, and you can find out more about Bathsheba on the Usborne Children's Books mini-website for the series. 

Suggested read
Wuthering Hearts by Kay Woodward is a hilarious read, with Emily being quite different in character from Bathsheba but both make me smile. 

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