The first in a new series which is sure to be a hit with young readers.
Weddings are never straight forward and pre-wedding drama is almost always guaranteed. Anisha’s Aunty Bindi is dramatic at the best of times and with her wedding day looming she is being quite the drama-bride. Of course, the wrong flowers and a spot on her nose are not helping calm her down. Then Anisha receives a note saying that the groom, Uncle Tony, has been kidnapped and won’t be released unless the wedding is cancelled. It’s up to Anisha, accidental detective, and best friend Milo to save the wedding…
Anisha Accidental Detective is a brilliantly funny fast-paced read filled with love, family, food and a lobster desperately trying to avoid being turned into a curry. Like all good mysteries, there are plenty of red herrings and many mishaps as Anisha and Milo try to uncover who is trying to sabotage the wedding. Desperate to protect her family, Anisha’s logical, scientific brain is really put to the test and everyone is a suspect leading to several false accusations and children will no doubt work out exactly what is going on before Anisha. Anisha’s heart is in the right place though and it’s not always entirely her fault that she sometimes puts two and two together and doesn’t get four.
It is essential that children of all ethnicities see themselves represented in the books that they read and in ‘Anisha Accidental Detective’ Serena Patel introduces the most wonderful of British-Indian families. Regardless of race or religion, all children will relate to Anisha and her chaotic and funny family. Whether it be being called by a name that you really rather not, dealing with eccentric family members or the dramas and laughs between relatives, the situations are typical of all family get-togethers. The book is dripping in Indian culture with lots of lovely cultural references that are cleverly explained within the story or through footnotes. The layout of the book will hold much appeal to readers with bold text, capitalisation and plenty of delightful and amusing illustrations by Emma McCann.
Recommended for 7+.