The fun, games and competitive spirit are in full swing as Willa and Woof return for the fifth time in another adorable read that is paw-fect for kids who love friendly competition, dogs, quirky old people and cakes.
Willa is excited for her upcoming gymnastics competition but with only some home-made equipment to practice on things are not exactly going smoothly. Before that, there’s the Tournament of the Ages - a day of friendly contests between the children of Hibiscus Gardens Primary and the elderly residents of Sunset Views Retirement Village. With routines to master, an event to organise and a mean girl to stand up to, Willa will be counting on the support of her best friend Tae and her best-old-aged-friend Frank more than ever…
Sweet, fun, and filled with big ideas, community spirit and teamwork, these accessible early chapter books will delight young readers, especially those that share a special bond with a furry friend or have an elderly neighbour that is as endearing, entertaining and grumpy as Frank.
Friendly competition has children and adults excited and keen to get their own way in Let the Games Begin; a fast-paced and lively story exploring the things that matter to young children and addressing the challenges of growing-up. Friendships and fallings out, the trials and tribulations of life, and succeeding and failing are all gently navigated in a sparky community adventure where humour, heart and kindness are the ultimate victors.
Life has a way of tripping you up when things are going well, in Willa’s case, literally. But it’s not how you get knocked down that matters, it’s how you get back up and move forward that counts. Willa epitomises youthful exuberance and is always ready to overcome whatever challenges are thrown her way. She faces her biggest challenge yet when injury strikes and her happy and spirited outlook on life is crushed as she feels helpless to own the situation and make things better. A strong support network makes all the difference to this young girl and surrounded by a winning combination of family, friends, tea and sweet treats, it is impossible to stay down for long.
Willa and Frank share such a wonderful relationship that continues to blossom. They bring out the best of each other as they laugh together, moan together and support one another. How they interact warms the heart; Willa making fun of Frank’s crush, Frank going the extra mile to make sure Willa is able to properly prepare for her gymnastics competition. Meaningful friendship is a wonderful thing and this one, that transcends generations, certainly enriches both lives.
An easy to follow narrative, black and white illustrations sprinkled throughout, exciting chapter endings and oversized text offer a reading experience that caters for those gaining in confidence and beginning to explore chapter books. The Willa and Woof series is highly appealing; gets four paws up from me!
Recommended for 6+.
With huge thanks to Penguin for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.