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Shrinking Violet by Lou Kuenzler
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Apr 21, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: childrens, fiction, bookbag, read-2012

Violet has finally grown big enough to be able to ride on the scary Plunger at her local theme park. She persuades her parents to take her there, but just as they are about to get on the ride, she starts to shrink in a style reminiscent of Mrs Pepperpot, one of my childhood favourite series.

This book is full of action - first Violet's attempts to stay alive in a busy park when she is only a few inches tall, and then her wish to prove her grandmother innocent of a series of burglaries. She's a likeable child, and most of the book is written from her perspective. She has a very special friendship with her grandmother which is strengthened during this book. The writing is fast-paced without being exhausting, and there are even a few ethical issues that might lead to useful discussion. Like Mrs Pepperpot, the story is set in the real world with just the one strange fantasy element, and some amusingly caricatured people.

Not easy to read aloud since there are some large capitalised words in strange fonts, but perfect for a newly confident reader of about six or above.
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