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January 2018 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: thoroughly charming mini-mysteries in school and family setting
It’s no mystery why the Dot McCluskey stories are so popular: Dot is a wonderfully lively central character and her friendly direct-to-reader narratives put them at the centre of her busy world. Dot and best friend Beans like nothing better than solving mysteries and there are two in her new adventure: the mystery of a missing card and the mystery of Dot’s birthday party – just what is her mum planning? Dot’s warm, loving home life is beautifully described and her school day is just as recognisable and as fun. With Clara Vulliamy’s own black and white illustrations complementing the text this is a joy, and perfect for newly independent readers. ~ Andrea Reece
Fans of Dot’s adventures will also enjoy Wendy Quill’s escapades, as described by Wendy Meddour.
Publisher, Ruth Alltimes says: “Dot is destined to be the new ‘book-best-friend’ of young girls everywhere; she is impishly funny, aspirational and so full of curiosity that girl readers will be drawn into her world of mini mysteries! Clara Vulliamy's signature stylish, witty artwork creates an irresistible young fiction package.”
Dot, her best friend Beans and her dog McClusky all love sniffing out a good mystery and together they will solve the case and save the day . . . Dotty is sporty, funny, creative, clever and FEARLESS: She is great with codes and puzzles and most of all - if there's a mystery to solve - she's your girl. This time round her trusty sidekick, Beans and TOP DOG, McClusky are keeping secrets from Dotty - will she like their surprise?
|Publication date:||11th January 2018|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Family / Home Stories|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
Clara Vulliamy was born in London, the daughter of author and illustrator Shirley Hughes and her husband, John Vulliamy. She studied at Chelsea School of Art, The Ruskin and the Royal Academy. Clara started concentrating on writing and illustrating children's books when she had children of her own and has now written and illustrated many stories for children and babies. She lives in Twickenham, with her husband and their children Jack and Martha and three guinea pigs.More About Clara Vulliamy