Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Review: Ava and Pip by Carol Weston
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Released: March 4th, 2014
Outgoing Ava loves her older sister, Pip, but can't understand why Pip is so reserved and never seems to make friends with others. When Ava uses her writing talents to help her sister overcome her shyness, both girls learn the impact their words and stories can have on the world around them.
Do you know what a palindrome is? Alliteration? A Homonym? If you don't, you soon will! Ava and Pip is possibly the most educational fiction book I've ever read, and any kids reading it will turn the last page with a greater knowledge of the English language. They'll also have learned some important life lessons, not to mention some extra spelling skills that will help them in school!
Aside from all the cool wordplay, Ava and Pip is the story of two sisters who couldn't be more different. Ava is younger and louder, while Pip is older and painfully shy. It's about coming out of your shell, living life and trying new things you'd otherwise miss out on, like smiling at a stranger or complimenting a friend. It's chock-full of morals and lessons, and even I learnt a thing or two!
This book is fun and educational while being realistic too. It portrays schools for what they really are - buildings often filled with kids who like to pick on others - and offers a way to deal with such a thing. It also emphasises how important words are, and how anything written down can be there forever, always ready to rear its positive or negative head. So perhaps we should all think about what we write for the test of the world to see, and how it could affect other people. That in itself is a timeless lesson that none of us are ever too old to learn.
I loved Ava and Pip and I loved this book. I've even been thinking up new palindromes and homonyms in my head, though I haven't come up with many yet. English is a wonderful subject and I've always been fond of it, just like Ava and Pip are. Maybe after reading this book, you'll have a new appreciation for it too!