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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Queen Bee (Angela Nicely 2) by Alan MacDonald and David Roberts

Queen Bee - Angela Nicely 2

The second book in a brand new series from David Roberts and Alan MacDonald, the best-selling team that brought you Dirty Bertie. Angela Nicely might look like she's made of sugar and spice and all things nice, but nothing could be further from the truth! Queen Bee features three wickedly funny stories about Angela. Whether she's matchmaking her teachers, flogging homemade lemonade, or dealing with the Ugly Sisters, she always has an answer for everything...With fantastic artwork by award-winning illustrator, David Roberts (Tyrannosaurus Drip, The Wind in the Willows, The Troll, Eddie Dickens Trilogy), these stories are perfect for confident readers to enjoy by themselves, or for sharing with your child. Angela Nicely is sure to delight young readers, with her larger-than-life personality and her desire to be the best!

Bought to young readers by the hilarious duo who also bought us Dirty Bertie, this new series is fantastic! I have previously reviewed book one: Angela Nicely and was looking forward to seeing what happened to Angela next. I was definitely not disappointed, Angela was just as inquisitive and mischievious as before.

While reading Angela Nicely, I have an image in my head of her as being a really girly girl, all pink, curls and prettiness but having the same demeanor as Dirty Bertie - however the mischief that she and her friends get into is girly mischief, not Bertie's mischief rewritten.  This book contains Angela trying to be a matchmaker for her teachers and also getting the better of two older girls from her school.

As with the Dirty Bertie books there are three stories within each book. They are an ideal size to share on at bedtime or story-time, or for a young reader to read out loud to their peers in one session.  The typeface is one that is easy to read, straightforward and clear. The story is broken up by Alan MacDonald's fantastic illustrations, pencil drawn and contain all the mischief that Angela brings along with her.

I really like this new character and I hope to see more of Angela Nicely this year. It is nice to have the two series of books - Angela Nicely and Dirty Bertie but it would be great to see them meet up in some books or even on a television screen sometime. 

I would recommend this series for children aged 7+ who are reading alone or to share with younger children at bedtime or story-time.

Thank you to the publishers, Little Tiger, for sending me the book to review.

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