Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Be Nice to Aunt Emma by Anne Fine & Gareth Conway

There’s always that one relative who doesn’t quite know how to speak to children or who you just don’t get on with. For Tansy, it’s Aunt Emma.

Every time Aunt Emma visits (which is only twice a year), she doesn’t bring Tansy a present, she tells boring stories and Tansy has to give up her bed. On top of all that, Aunt Emma just isn’t nice. She makes snide remarks, criticises Tansy and expects the worst in every scenario. Tansy just can’t understand why Aunt Emma is so horrid.

Tansy struggles to bite her tongue and ignore the comments until Dad sheds some light on the situation. Maybe Tansy can begin to understand why Aunt Emma is the way she is and beat her at her own game!

Readers will love the witty banter and clever comments in this story but they will also see how nasty a rude comment can sound. It turns out that good manners are the way to win in the end.

Published by Barrington Stoke, Be Nice to Aunt Emma is an engaging and accessible read. With dyslexia-friendly font, spacing and page tint, even the most reluctant reader will be drawn in.

Add to that the brilliant illustrations bursting with personality and the very real dynamics of family life by Gareth Conway and children will not want to put it down until they’ve finished.

Thank you to Barrington Stoke for this funny, thought-provoking book.

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

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