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Friday 17 January 2020

Review: The Besties Show and Smell

The Besties are back!

Following The Besties to the Rescue, The Besties Show and Smell is a hilarious junior fiction novel about show and tell, outsmarting cranky teachers and armpit farts.

In this adventure, Ruby and Oliver are at school, and it’s Ruby’s turn for show and tell. 

She’s keen to sing a song and she’s looking forward to what classmate Zac will do, but when the relief teacher cancels show and tell, Ruby has to take things into her own hands (even if Oliver isn’t exactly happy about it).

Will Ruby get to perform her show and tell song? Or will the cranky relief teacher ruin the day?

This is a fantastic junior series for young readers starting to read independently. 

With simple language, large text, short chapters and loads of black and white illustrations on every page, it really is a fantastic book for readers starting out. 

The books in the series are independent of each other, so you don’t need to have read the first one to follow this one. It’s fun and oh so funny — very relatable for kids. 

At the back of every book is a treasure trove of extras. This time round you’ll find how-to advice on making fart noises with your armpits (so funny!), another hilarious comic by Oliver, songs by Ruby and more jokes.

It can be quite a challenge to find books for emerging readers that are made with their reading skills in mind and are also entertaining, but this is a series that really ticks all the boxes. 

Highly recommended for junior readers. 

And don’t forget to look out for the next two instalments in the series coming soon: The Besties Make a Splash and The Besties Party On.

Title: The Besties Show and Smell
Author: Felice Arena
Illustrator: Tom Jellett
Publisher: Penguin, $9.99
Publication Date: 7 January 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760890988
For ages: 6 - 10
Type: Junior Fiction