Monday, 16 September 2013
Review: Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill
Released: February 28th, 2013
Ten-year-old Darcy Burdock is one of life's noticers. Curious, smart-as-a-whip, funny and fiercely loyal, she sees the extraordinary in the everyday and the wonder in the world around her. In this first book, we are introduced to her family: Mum, who Darcy loves as much as her favourite fried egg and chips, Dad, who is kind and fair if a bit hopeless, and little siblings Hector and Poppy, who Darcy likes dressing up in ridiculous outfits and having dance-offs with, respectively. Plus there's her non-bleating pet lamb, Lamb-Beth and best friend, Will, to have adventures with.
Darcy Burdock is a quirky, fun tween read that I'm sure will appeal to a wide range of readers. Laura Dockrill has a fantastic voice and a knack for children's fiction making this a must-read for that age group. Read it because, honestly, you will laugh!
Darcy Burdock is our narrator, a ten-year-old aspiring writer with much more maturity and insight than I was expecting. She has a pet lamb called Lamb-Beth, a lifelong best friend called Will and a family who occasionally drive her crazy. So she's just like us really, minus the lamb of course!
Darcy gets through her rather hectic life by writing absolutely brilliant stories, some of which are included in the book as if they were real, written on notepaper and illustrated. Some of these stories are so good that Dockrill could publish them by themselves, making them longer and more fleshed out. They're so imaginative and easily my favourite part of the book!
Darcy Burdock did take me a couple of chapters to fully get in to, but once I really started to like Darcy everything fell into place and I couldn't put it down. It's a bonkers book with a ridiculously fun young narrator, and I can't wait to read more from Laura Dockrill.