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Bad Mermaids: On the Rocks

Written by Sibéal Pounder

Illustrated by A World Book Day Illustrator 2019

Part of the Bad Mermaids Series

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Bad Mermaids: On the Rocks Review

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In a nutshell: sparkling, funny underwater adventures

Mermaids Beattie, Zelda and Mimi are absolutely fabulous! Their second adventure streams by, full of underwater hi-jinks all driven by friendship and fun. The little mermaids are in the Crocodile Kingdom (it’s in the middle of the Indian Ocean) where nothing is quite as it seems.  Meanwhile, on land Paris, self-described Gadget Queen, has discovered a plot to destroy the mermaid world. With gorgeous illustrations by Jason Cockroft too, this is stylish, irresistible reading for anyone who’s ever imagined themselves with a tail. If you’ve got young readers in the house, send yourself a crabagram reminder to get a copy. 

Required reading for fans of Sibeal Pounder’s Witch Wars series or The Little Mermaid.

Andrea Reece

Bad Mermaids: On the Rocks Synopsis

Mermaids Beattie, Mimi and Zelda, along with Steve the talking seahorse, are trapped aboard the spooky ship the Merry Mary, heading for the legendary (and super-stylish) Crocodile Kingdom. On land, Paris Silkensocks, ice-cream seller and GADGET QUEEN, has uncovered a plot to destroy the mermaid world.

Can Paris find the mermaids in time? Can Beattie avert a Crocodile Kingdom crabtastrophe? Can seahorses get seasick? All this and more will be revealed!

Featuring magical mysteries, fabulous fashion and a snappier than average transport system, the second Bad Mermaids adventure brings a whole new twist to the underwater world of mermaids. If you enjoyed Witch Wars, The Little Mermaid or Mabel Jones, you'll love this!

Bad Mermaids: On the Rocks Reader Reviews

In addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Hermione Chaytors, age 8 - 'This is a brilliant book. Bad Mermaids deserves 5 stars!'
  • Annabelle Cassidy, age 8 - 'Bad Mermaids is a really good book because it is exciting and adventurous and sends you into a magical world of watery fun.'
  • Robyn Chorley, age 8 - 'I love this book, the characters are funny and I especially liked Steve the Seahorse.'

Bad Mermaids: On the Rocks Press Reviews

Twenty thousand laughs under the sea. Dive into a fin-tastic, madcap adventure that's funnier than being tickled by a giant octopus. Bad Mermaids - swimming with snarks   Award-winning author David Solomons

From the author of the brilliantly funny Witch Wars comes a brand new series set in an underwater shell-studded metropolis. Get ready for some feisty mermaids, evil piranhas and magical mystery mayhem -- Fiona Noble Bpokseller

Funny, fishy and FANTASTIC (and that says a lot coming from someone with a mermaid fear)  Bestselling author Pamela Butchart 

You'll laugh your tail off - another winner from our favourite author    Bestselling author Rob Biddulph

Bad Mermaids is tons of fun: stylish, packed with laughs and boasting a fab talking seahorse. The Little Mermaid meets Gossip Girl    Abi Elphinstone

Sibeal has done it again. Bad Mermaids is a fishy romp through a hilarious new world, rich in the kind of gorgeous detail that young readers love. Crabagram just in - Bad Mermaids is hilarious!  Marianne Levy

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ISBN: 9781408877142
Publication date: 14/06/2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408877142
Publication date: 14th June 2018
Author: Sibéal Pounder
Illustrator: A World Book Day Illustrator 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Sibéal Pounder

A World Book Day Author 2019 Sibéal Pounder previously worked for the Financial Times, where she researched the How To Spend It section and wrote the For Goodness’ Sake column – interviewing everyone from Veronica Etro to Vivienne Westwood. As well as Bad Mermaids, she writes about fabulous witches and feisty fairies in Witch Wars, her first and much loved series for Bloomsbury. Witch Wars has sold over 50,000 copies and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award. author photo © Richard Grassie

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