Reader Reviewed All About Pumpkin The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby by Natasha Farrant

All About Pumpkin The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby

Written by Natasha Farrant

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Told in diary form – interspersed every so often with transcripts of her own video films – Bluebell Gadsby’s life story continues to provide some of the very best reading for young teens: funny, perceptive and genuinely heartwarming. In this third book in the series, Bluebell and two of her five siblings, Twig and Jas, are spending summer – as they so often have – in the country with their grandma. But this year everything is different. Mum has chosen to stay at home with thebaby baby, Dad is away filming in New Zealand and the eldest sister Flora is with him. Blue is worrying about her feelings for her new baby brother, and the arrival of two boys at Grandma’s neighbours stir things up even more. It’s a subtle, touching portrait of family life, ever-changing as children grow up, and adults grow old, and it’s written with real skill. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the series, After Iris. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Emma Baird, age 10 - 'I recommend The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby After Iris, please read it!'
  • Rosie Cousins, age 13 - 'I loved it. There were some moments where I felt like crying and others when I laughed....I found this story so delightful, entertaining and clever.' 
  • Jasmine Randall, age 11 - 'After Iris is an extremely moving book written in a very unique and clever style.'
  • Elisa-Mae Allen  - 'It is one of those books that you can't put down, and I spent most hours of my days reading it...If you like this book, also read Natasha other book- The Things We Did For Love.' 
  • Safiyah Afghan - 'an emotional and deep story about love, loss and being a family. Readers will love Bluebell and feel her pain, and her joy. Beautifully written, this book will stay in readers minds long after they have finished.'


All About Pumpkin The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby by Natasha Farrant

It's the summer holidays and Flora has gone off with Dad to the exotic set of his new film and Mum is at home having a much-needed rest with baby Pumpkin. Bluebell, Twig and Jas have been sent to stay with Grandma at Horsehill in the countryside. With Grandma keen that the children get as much fresh air as possible, they are sent off on bikes to go wild swimming and befriend the boys next door. With so much freedom, they can't help but get into trouble, and Grandma doesn't seem to be as capable as looking after them as she should be...

Natasha Farrant says.."Welcome to the mad, dysfunctional and oh so real world of the Gadsby family. I hope you love them as much as I do."

About the Author

Natasha Farrant

Natasha Farrant has worked in children’s publishing for almost twenty years, running her own literary scouting agency for the past ten. She is the author of the Carnegie longlisted and Branford Boase shortlisted YA historical novel The Things We Did For Love, as well as two successful adult novels.

She grew up in London where she still lives with her husband, their two daughters and a large tortoiseshell cat. She is the eldest of four siblings and has never dyed her hair pink.

Photo credit © Sam Armstrong.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber

Publication date

3rd September 2015




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