Monday, 13 April 2015

Review: Violet and the Hidden Treasure by Harriet Whitehorn

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's
Format: Hardcover / eBook
Released: March 26th, 2015
Rating: 9/10

Amazon summary:

Violet has spent her holidays exploring India with Godmother Celeste, including visiting Celeste's good friend the Maharajah and meeting his very special cockatoo. But when she returns home, Violet gets a surprise visit from the Maharajah's butler, asking her to look after the bird. Violet couldn't be more amazed (and her cat Pudding couldn't be less pleased...), but the cockatoo holds the key to the Maharajah's fortune, and someone is trying to bird-nap her! Can Violet discover who the culprit is before they succeed?


Anyone who's read Violet and the Pearl of the Orient will know what an absolute treat a new Violet book is. Violet and the Hidden Treasure is just as good as the first book, peppered with interesting characters and more fun than Roald Dahl, in my humble opinion. Violet is a brilliant character who never gives up when faced with an impossible task, and she's a fantastic role model for young girls. I hope there will be new stories about her for many years to come!

In Violet and the Hidden Treasure, Violet has just got back from an eye-opening trip to India where she met the Maharajah and made friends with his cockatoo, the Maharani. When the Maharani ends up in England, Violet is charged with looking after what could be the most important bird in the world - but can she save it from being kidnapped by an identity-changing wannabe Bollywood star? You'll have to read it to find out!

Harriet Whitehorn and Becka Moor make a brilliant literary team, with Whitehorn's lovely writing shaping Violet and Moor's charming colour illustrations making her come to life. The whole presentation of this series makes it extra special and it looks amazing, thanks to the design and care that's gone into producing a truly memorable children's book. It literally jumps off the shelf!

I love these books and I can't wait for the next one. Violet and the Hidden Treasure is on par with its predecessor, which I think is quite unusual. All too often books can't quite live up to their first instalments, but this almost surpasses it. It's a crime caper with heart and soul, and I really do think Violet is a Sherlock Holmes for the twenty-first century. If you enjoy middle grade books and haven't read this series yet, please do - it's ace!

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