I really like the Dixie O’Day series. The books are ideal for newly independent readers and are great first chapter books with easy to follow storylines, short chapters and plenty of illustrations.
In search of the simple life, friends Dixie O’Day and Percy are heading off camping. They have very different ideas about what the perfect camping holiday should be. Rather than stay at a proper campsite with such luxuries as a hot shower, Dixie has decided they should embark on some proper camping and has found the perfect field with a stream for them to pitch up for the night. Everything is going well until a storm requires the duo to make a hasty escape and they have to seek accommodation elsewhere. A creepy looking old house isn’t what they had in mind but with a car out of petrol and feeling tired and weary they take their chances…
Another brilliant addition to the Dixie O’Day series with the dashing duo caught up in mystery, peril and spooky goings-on. Hughes and Vulliamy have produced a really accessible, engaging and enjoyable book. With a story told over seven chapters, readers can enjoy one chapter a night over the course of a week. Illustrations feature on every page and a simple colour palette is used effectively. The use of darker colours as night falls helps build tension and suspense.
The inclusion of lots of little extras really enhances the reading experience. Before the story begins there are introductions to the two main characters via a question and answer session, and supporting characters are presented in a portrait gallery with some important facts. There is also a lovely map so readers can get a proper idea of where the duo are heading. Lots of top notch bonus content is included after the story including a question and answer session with author and illustrator, a spot the difference, a draw your own portrait and a quiz to check understanding. And just in case one Dixie and Percy adventure wasn’t enough, there is a sneak-peek at the first chapter of another one of their adventures, ‘On His Bike!’
Recommended for 5+.