Thursday 21 August 2014

Fiction - 7 years up

NZ Writer and Illustrator

Elena de Roo, illustrated by Tracy Duncan  Ophelia Wild, Deadly Detective

Walker Books 2014  $16.99pb 96pp

ISBN 978 1 9220 7763 9

Themes: Chicken Pox/ Rhyming verse/ Sequels/ Zombies


In Ophelia Wild Secret Spy we met Ophelia and her sidekick, Albert, two unusual young people who set up a secret service agency and who managed to solve some perplexing mysteries. This has been a popular title with its easy to read text, its out-of-the-main-stream characters and generous illustrations that flow over each double page spread. Sometimes sequels can be a disappointing read but with the introduction of zombies (plus some other monsters) this absolutely held my attention and that of Ben (aged seven and not the world’s most enthusiastic reader) all Sunday afternoon. I have promised to share the first book with him next Monday after school – not Sunday because that is the day of the Storylines Free Family Day at the Michael Fowler Centre. Last year we sadly had to cancel because of the big Wellington earthquakes.  

Year 2 up/ Age 6 up

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