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Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe
by Joanna Nadin
My name is not actually Penny Dreadful. It is Penelope Jones. The 'Dreadful' bit is my dad's JOKE. But it is not even true that I am dreadful... honest. You see, the DISASTER with Rooney, our class rat, might not have been such a DISASTER if it wasn't for Cosmo Moon Webster and his Amazing Maze. AND it is utterly not my fault that the Patented Burglar Trap accidentally tripped Gran over, so her bone went snap. ALSO, I only took Barry the cat to the hospital so he could revive Gran with The Power Of Pets. How was I to know it would be a Complete CATastrophe?
“Can not be read with a straight face.”
Sarah's Book Reviews
198 x 130mm
Illustrator: Jess Mikhail
Joanna Nadin was born in Northampton. She is a former broadcast journalist and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, and continues to freelance as a political speechwriter. She has also been a cleaner and a juggler.
Visit www.joannanadin.com to find out more.
Full of throwaway lines and details that will have you, like Penny's dad, laughing like a honking goose, even though Penny herself is blissfully unaware of how hilarious she is.
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There is never a dull moment when Penny Dreadful and her best friend Cosmo Moon Webster are around. Simply wonderful!
Who could fail to like the calamity-prone but delightful Penny Dreadful?
Parents in Touch
Don't miss the comic genius that is Penny Dreadful, a wickedly funny new creation and worthy contender to Horrid Henry.
The stories are funny and are accompanied by brilliant illustrations by Jess Mikhail. The stories can not be read with a straight face, there is mayhem around every corner. Although Penny, the main character, is a girl, this book will appeal to both girls and boys and will make story time a great giggle. I would think that this book would encourage children to pick up the book and read alone too.
Sarah's Book Reviews
The stories are funny and enjoyable, and attractively presented using a variety of fonts and lots of fun black and white illustrations by Jess Mikhail...This would be a fun collection to read to children, and the textual detail and illustrations would encourage children just developing the ability to read longer texts for themselves.
The Book Bag blog
Get ready for a taste of destruction with this second side-splitting trio of tales of trouble. Penny Dreadful would have even Minnie the Minx running for cover. Nothing is safe when she’s around.
Just Imagine Story Centre
A truly apt title for a book that features the escapades of a small, well-meaning girl whose good intentions create havoc... This is a very funny book for newly independent readers.
The Irish Examiner
Penelope Jones always manages, unwittingly, to complicate everyday life through unbridled enthusiasm and vitality.
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