Thursday, 12 June 2014

Review: Maisie Mae - No Boys Allowed by Poppy Harper

Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: April 10th, 2014
Rating: 9/10

Amazon summary:

Maisie Mae and her best friend Bethany-next-door like pink, unicorns and heart-shaped cushions. Maisie Mae's five stinky brothers like worms, football and CHAOS! Join eight-year-old Maisie as she holds her own in a boisterous family where practical jokes are the order of the day. With a bedroom of their own up for grabs, Maisie Mae and her brothers launch into full-on warfare to make each other look as bad as they can. Will Maisie get a NO BOY ZONE of her very own? Or will everything end in diaster? 


Maisie Mae: No Boys Allowed is a great MG read that had me laughing all the way through. Maisie Mae is a feisty, mischievous eight-year-old who, unfortunately, has five messy brothers to contend with. She has to share a room with twins Harry and Ollie, but when her dad inherits some money there's suddenly a whole new room up for grabs. Maisie and her brothers all want it, which leads to many pranks being played in order to make their parents remove stars off the good behaviour chart. Cue many laughs and ingenious pranks, some of which I quite fancy trying myself!

My favourite pranks played on poor Maisie Mae are when her brothers put snails under her duvet (squelchy), fish food in her sandwiches (yuck) and something even worse in her cereal (trust me, don't ask). Their diabolical antics reminded me of old school Enid Blyton and her Naughty Amelia Jane! books, full of hijinks and impish behaviour.

This book is fully illustrated by Clare Elsom in a style that really suits the story. It's great to see Maisie Mae and her brothers come to life on the page, especially when her baby brother Stanley covers himself in his mum's best lipstick! The physical paperback copy of the book also includes a door hanger inside that says 'No boys allowed'. It's the perfect hanger for anyone with pesky brothers they don't want in their room!

Maisie Mae: No Boys Allowed is a highly enjoyable novel for younger readers, especially those who like playing tricks and causing havoc. Parents may want to make a note of what pranks appear in the book, just in case their youngsters decide to try them out at home. As Maisie Mae finds out, you can never be too careful!

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