Three previously released Lemonade Jones titles are collated into one brilliant little book of delightful stories that are perfect for newly independent readers.
Lemonade is excited to be starting year one at a new school but her bubbly attitude and positivity are quickly dampened by one frustration after another. There are rules to follow, problem classmates to deal with and without her best friend by her side, things are proving very tricky indeed. And if Lemonade cannot get her emotions in check she may have to spend some time in the quiet corner.
In story two, Lemonade is filled with excitement as her birthday approaches. It is going to be awesome with lions, giraffes and monkeys. But when the zookeeper arrives with a few measly cages any hopes of amazing animals roaming around the garden are quickly squashed and Lemonade needs a plan to impress her party guests.
Lastly, it is the school fete and Lemonade is really looking forward to it, especially as she has volunteered her mum to be the star singer in the band. But when mum gets stage-fright, it is up to Lemonade to give the performance of her life.
Written with plenty of humour, heart and just a little bit of drama, Davina Bell invites readers into the very relatable world of Lemonade Jones where nothing is ever as quite as straight forward as it should be. Friends, family, birthdays and school all provide their own problems and challenges as the feisty and very excitable Lemonade rides an emotional rollercoaster that delivers brilliant highs one minute and frustrating lows the next.
This sassy little lady fizzes and pops with a wonderfully infectious enthusiasm and zest for life and is guaranteed to whip up a storm whatever the occasion. Whether she is embracing the first day at a new school, planning the perfect birthday party or bursting with excitement for the school fete, she puts her heart and soul into everything she does and what you see is what you get.
Like lots of children, Lemonade loves life when it is loud, exciting and fun-filled. And while she often finds herself in a spot of bother - a consequence of breaking the rules that tend to curtail the exciting and loud moments - that’s all part of the fun and is what makes her so likeable and her life so relatable. Her intentions and actions are always well-meant and she has plenty of ideas and positivity to make the best of any situation.
Featuring brilliant character names and accurately capturing the non-stop trials and tribulations of life as a young child, each story is wonderfully enjoyable. With easy to read text, that is perfectly sized and spaced, and plenty of energetic illustrations, Lemonade Jones is sure to be a hit with many young children in their early years of primary school.
Will be as well received by young readers as a glass of homemade lemonade on a warm summer’s day!
With huge thanks to Allen & Unwin for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 5+.