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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Review: Smart Girls

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book Prize, Smart Girls is another clever collaboration between Robert Leeson and illustrator Axel Scheffler that follows the humorous and entertaining Idle Jack.

These five stories contain a moral and are about unique, smart, fast-thinking girls in extraordinary situations, whose actions and logical thought lead to life-changing outcomes. It celebrates the hidden possibilities in us all, regardless of age and gender.

Robert Leeson’s chapter books are filled with humour, a lesson to be learnt, and entertainment – often outrageous and incredible, but always fun-filled. 

In this collection, each story is based on an English, Irish, Norwegian, Ukrainian and Egyptian folk tale. 

They are greatly enhanced by Axel Scheffler’s interpretation of the text with his ink pen illustrations, giving the whole production a harmonious flow.

I loved this inspiring book. It gives out encouraging and positive messages to young girls of all ages about their abilities, regardless of their origins, and acknowledges their capacity to adapt to any role or position as problem solvers and leaders. 

Title: Smart Girls
Author: Robert Leeson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication Date: March 2018, $15.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781406380545
For ages: 7+
Type: Junior Fiction

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