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Sunday 1 November 2020

Review: There's Something Weird About Lena

Something weird about Lena?

Sure is! But don’t hold your breath for an apology from Lena about it.

This girl embraces her weirdness and lives it every minute of the day. If there’s a problem with weirdness, it’s not Lena’s.

Her classmates, on the other hand, aren’t really sure what to think or to do. Lena has burst into their world and filled it with energy, daring and, yes, danger too!

They’re all a little afraid of her too. And maybe more than a little. And with good reason, too.

They live rather ordinary lives and are out of their depth with somebody as unique, individual and wild as Lena.

They try to find out more about her in their tentative, apologetic way. And nearly get badly hurt in the process.

Not that Lena cares.

This is a fun, rhyming story about facing up to your fears by the author of the hilarious My Dead Bunny. The humour pervades every page and James Foley’s illustrations perfectly harmonise with the vibrant text. This book bursts with anarchic humour and pokes it tongue out at conventionality.

Conformity! What’s the point?

Title: There's Something Weird About Lena
Author: Sigi Cohen
Illustrator: James Foley
Publisher: Walker Books, $25.99  
Publication Date: 7 October 2020
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978176051503
For ages: 7 +
Type: Picture Book for Older Readers