Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Animals of Madame Malone’s Music Hall by Laura Wood & illustrated by Ellie Snowdon

When I first saw this book, I was immediately reminded of the scene in The Return of Mary Poppins where Mary Poppins and the children visit “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” – with its song that my daughter regularly takes great delight in singing at full volume – especially when she was performing in a show at “The City Varieties Music Hall”. There are so many fun variations! Like in the film, this gorgeous book has a theatre full of wonderful animals who want to put on the best show ever.

This is a story about believing in yourself and the importance of community. Callie is spending the summer by the seaside with her Gran. Instead of ice cream the beach, she is stuck helping Gran’s drama group try to save their local theatre. Despite terrible stage fright, Callie has been convinced to take the starring role in the play and is finding it hard to say no.

When exploring backstage, she stumbles into a different world – a theatre run by a fox and her troupe of talking animals. It turns out that Callie’s in their show too! Callie has no choice but to take control and stop this comedy of errors from turning into a complete disaster. She comes to realise how much the theatre means to the community and how they must do everything they can to save it – even if it means facing her fears.

In true Barrington Stoke style, this fun and engaging book is incredibly accessible for all readers. With dyslexia-friendly font, spacing and page tint, so many readers will be able to enjoy its fantastic animals and fun, uplifting story.

Thank you to Barrington Stoke for this wonderful book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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