Author: Laura Dockrill Publisher: Random House Children’s Published: 28th February Pages: 288 Format: Paperback Source:: Review Copy Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD
Summary: Introducing Darcy Burdock, a new, cool, all-conquering girl character with a fresh and distinctive take on the world.
Ten-year-old Darcy is one of life’s noticers. Curious, smart-as-a-whip, funny and fiercely loyal, she sees the extraordinary in the everyday and the wonder in the world around her.
Written and illustrated by Laura Dockrill: author, poet & performer – think Lady Gaga meets Mother Goose
To start this review honestly, I have to admit that it was a long time ago that I finished this book. While it is still clear in my head, I am apologising if I get any of the important details wrong as I have read a lot of books since I finished this one. However, the one thing that I continue to remember about this book was how much I enjoyed it. This is a middle grade book that is full of light humour that will have you giggling often. It is the perfect read for young readers but I feel that older readers would still find it to be a lovely read. It simply reminds you of how we once saw the world and everything within it.
To Make Sense
This book starts out with the main protagonist, Darcy, admitting that she is running away – this time for real – but when her actions still don’t have the desired effect on her parents, she comes tromping back home. This is the perfect way to get a look at Darcy and the life she leads. Darcy is the kind of character who isn’t malicious, but simply wants a little bit of attention and this is what really brings the plot of this book alive. This is Darcy’s story, and you can’t help but want to know what will happen and how it will all end. I enjoyed so many aspects of this plot but my favourite is how Darcy feels about her little sister, and what happens to her at an audition.
Of The World
If you haven’t guessed yet, I really loved Darcy in this book. She was a truly loveable character who had grand views on the world. I loved how she saw things and the way she looked at the world and in a way, wish I still looked at the world like that. She was a girl with a vibrant personality, was incredibly friendly, protective, but someone who also had a sort fuse. I enjoyed that she was also a writer and loved all of the little mini-stories within this book and all the different morals that they brought to it. I definitely think this book wouldn’t have been quite as enjoyable without Darcy.
We Must Do
Aside from Darcy, it was Laura Dockrill’s writing style that helped to make this book so likable. Having met Laura, I can tell that how she is as a person equates to her writing style. It is random, it is loud, and it is full of personality. In this way, Darcy truly came alive on the page and that is always something that is great to see and read. I loved how easily Laura got inside Darcy’s mind, and how all of the mini-stories wrapped neatly around the story as a whole. It was all just so brilliantly written and I can imagine that many young children will be waiting impatiently for Laura’s next book.
It Our Way
In conclusion, it is clear to see that I found this book to be truly entertaining. It had me giggling, it had me sitting in awe, and it made me think, and these are things I love books making me do. There were also moments when I was close to shedding a tear and wanting to put my arms around Darcy and make everything better again. It was a wonderful read that I would easily recommend for others. So, if you’re in the mood for a light-hearted read, a character you’ll instantly fall in love with, and a story full of ups and downs, twists and turns, then you should definitely give this book a go. I promise, you won’t regret it!
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **
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