Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife by Maz Evans & illustrated by Chris Jevons

The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife is a fantastically funny story bursting with personality and full of all the things that are important to children. Maz Evans really hit the nail on the head with the challenges families face and how children see the world. With so many laugh-out-loud moments, I also found myself feeling quite emotional about the relationship between Scarlett and her mum.

Scarlett Fife is a little girl with BIG FEELINGS. More than anything, she wants to do the right thing, earn positivity points and be allowed to look after Mr Nibbles, the class pet, for the weekend. But no matter how hard she tries, there’s always someone who does better. Navigating through life is tricky. The things adults say can be confusing (was it prosthetic or Prosecco?) and sometimes BIG FEELINGS cause things to EXPLODE! Young readers will see that they aren’t alone in finding things difficult and that there are always adults who are willing to help.

I thoroughly enjoyed this powerful book from so many perspectives: as a teacher, I recognised the wonderful chaos of school routines; as a parent, I empathised with the constant juggling and having to manage everyone’s needs; and having spent so much time with children, I loved Scarlett’s spunky take on all the big events in her life. The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife will make a brilliant bedtime read aloud that everyone will enjoy!

Thank you to Hachette Children’s & NetGalley for this wonderful book!

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