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Tuesday 19 October 2021

Review: What Zola did on Sunday

Oh, wow! Is it Sunday already?

What Zola did on Sunday is book seven (and the final book) in the What Zola Did series. 

In this darling last instalment of this super sweet series, the St Odo’s Fete is finally here, and everything Zola and her friends have learnt, have been practicing for and have discovered over the rest of the series comes backs into play.

Everyone is helping out at the fete, selling plants and cakes, playing music, hosting the pet parade and running the chocolate wheel. 

Zola wants to help out with everything, but she can’t NOT help out at the cake stall her Mum and Nona are running.

Until… the pets at the pet parade tempt her away from the stall.

The Zola series is such a treat for young readers. Short and easy to read, the books are truly perfect for kids starting to read independently. I know I say it every Zola review, but it’s always worth repeating because the care author Melina Marchetta has put into these books is just so prominent.

Each story is real and relatable. There’s a strong focus on family and community. Diversity and multiculturalism are infused into every single book. And there is always calamity with good friends. Each book inspires kids to start a band or solve a mystery or join a club or run a fete! They are filled with beautiful friendships and wonderful activities to inspire kids to love life.

Deb Hudson’s gorgeous illustrations are, as always, generous and stunning. Spread throughout the book, they bring Zola and her friends to life. There are loads of double page illustrations featured in What Zola did on Sunday, and they are so full of life and joy.

If you are looking for a sweet book series for a new junior reader, I would highly recommend you get a copy of the Zola series. With 7 books for kids to devour, it’s a series they can sink their teeth into with characters and adventures they will adore.

If you’re interested to know more about the other books in the series, you can check out my reviews for what Zola did on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Title: What Zola did on Sunday
Author: Melina Marchetta
Illustrator: Deb Hudson
Publisher: Puffin, $12.99
Publication Date: 28 September 2021
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760895228
For ages: 6 - 9
Type: Junior Fiction