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Penelope Perfect Series
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Penelope Perfect series
By Chrissie Perry. Illustrated Jon Davis
Penelope Kingston has never, ever messed up on a test – until now.
After this Truly Terrible Mistake, Penelope needs to make sure that she gets absolutely perfect grades from now on in every subject, including the dreaded drama class. Luckily, Penelope is very good at organising, so she figures she can be the director of the upcoming play. But can Penelope handle Joanna, the naughtiest girl in class? One thing’s for sure: Penelope Kingston didn’t get to be excellent at most things by being a quitter.
I took this book with me to read while the dentist put braces onto my daughter’s teeth, and was laughing so much that I had to read paragraphs out to the dentist to justify my outbursts. That’s because the humour in this book is of the wonderful ‘laugh-out-loud’ variety. It’s also balanced by some very insightful writing that pins the angst of those of us who have some neuroses, or who recognise neurotic behaviour, to the wall, but in a gentle way. Penelope’s struggles with school, friends, failure, success and life in general are of the variety that we can all recognise and relate to. The supporting characters are also endearing, especially her Grandpa with his quiet wisdom and guidance. The black and white illustrations, and occasional interesting fonts, added to the fun of reading this book. Highly recommended.