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Sep 18 2019

Lemonade Jones and the Great School Fete by Davina Bell and Karen Blair

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Lemonade Jones, Book 2. Allen and Unwin, 2019. ISBN: 9781925266740. 57pg.
(Age: 6-8) Highly recommended. Themes: School fetes, Mothers. Delightful children caper across the pages of this appealing book which is ideal for children who want to move from a bigger picture book but are not quite ready for a longer chapter book. Lemonade Jones is determined that her mother be the lead singer in the Year One Mum Band and puts forward her name without asking her. Mum is a bit daunted as she never sings but caves in and says that she will do it. The day of the fete arrives and Lemonade Jones has a great time trying all the different food and she courageously rescues her mother when she freezes on the stage.
I loved the illustrations in this book, especially Lemonade doing the Pony Punk Funk dance. The humour of the book stands out with wonderful expressions on all the people's faces as they all dance to the band and the woe-begotten face of Marcus Crackle's dad is amazing, not to mention the cranky little mud spattered boy. Lemonade is a character who is able to problem solve and realises when she makes mistakes and the relationship between her mother and her is beautiful.
This is a well written, feel good, heart-warming book, and will appeal as much as the first in the series, Lemonade Jones. I look forward to reading about this feisty little girl in future books.
Pat Pledger

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