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Wednesday 21 January 2015

Review: When Lollipop Ladies Attack!

Abby is dreading Monday at school. Her Mum is the new Lollipop Lady (sorry, School Crossing Supervisor) and Abby is so embarrassed. What will all of the other students think when they see her Mum in the glow-in-the-dark coat and hat, holding the big ‘lollipop’ STOP sign?

When a driver challenges her mother’s authority, will Abby still be wishing her mother had a normal job like the other mothers, or will she be proud to be the daughter of the Lollipop Lady?

This sweet junior fiction novel by Australian author Vicki Englund is ideal for early readers, sharing the story of Abby’s feeling about her mother’s new job simply but with humour and in a way that young children will easily relate to. What young child hasn’t wished at least once that their parents had ‘cool’ jobs like the parents’ of their friends or been a little bit embarrassed by something their parent does or says in front of their friends?

Through the context of the story, there is also important message about road safety for young children on their way to school and a reminder about the importance of listening to adults as they prepare to cross the road. This message makes the book particularly suited to early reader book lists and inclusion on the classroom bookshelf for younger grades.

The front cover and illustrations at the beginning of each chapter are by author/illustrator Nicky Johnston, well known for her picture books for children dealing with worries and anxious thoughts.

Title: When Lollipop Ladies Attach
Author: Vicki Englund
Illustrator: Nicky Johnston
Publisher: Australian ebook Publisher, $9.99 RRP
Publication Date: 15 November 2014
Format: Paperback (also available as an ebook)
ISBN: 9781825177510
For ages: 6 - 9
Type: Junior Fiction