Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Review: Turning to Jelly by Candy Guard
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Released: August 14th, 2014
Jelly (who is wobbly only when she runs and when Roger Lovely is in the vicinity) and her dorky best friends Ruby and Myf are going to secondary school. They know it's time to be cool and stop playing with dolls in their secret club - the trouble is, none of them is cool at all. Jelly's mum and stepdad are like chalk (a bit screechy) and cheese (a bit smelly) and her brother accuses her of showing off even when she's not doing anything at all. They're not helping the cool situation either, until Jelly's mum suggests a birthday party...
Turning to Jelly is the first children's novel from Candy Guard and is a really fun read for anyone in the 9+ age range. It's all about Jelly and her friends starting big school, growing up and their quest to be cool. Plus it's fully illustrated, which straight away means it gets extra points!
Jelly is just like any other girl about to start high school: excited, terrified and worried that she won't fit in. Luckily she has a good group of friends and a (mostly) supportive family (her brother Jay is a bit hit and miss), so it's not all bad. She gets into some sticky situations at school, especially where cross country running and party planning are concerned. Let's just say they're not her strong points! I liked Jelly and her humour and determination, not to mention her excellent name. It's one you won't forget in a hurry.
Candy Guard's illustrations throughout the book are great, with a style that fits Jelly perfectly. Reading this book is just like reading someone's diary - the font used is so realistic and the doodles really do look like a teenager could have done them (and I don't mean than negatively!). I enjoyed reading about Jelly and her first experiences of big school, and I'm looking forward to seeing what she gets up to in Jelly Has a Wobble.