When you’re woken up early in the morning by your 6 year old daughter shouting ‘Mummy there’s another Dixie O’Day book Haunted House coming’ you know you’ve found a winning series. Dixie O’Day is a superb collaboration between mother and daughter team Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy, and there are three so far in this charming series:
Dixie O’Day In the Fast Lane
Up, Up and Away
Dixie O’Day and the Great Diamond Robbery
As a children’s librarian I’m always on the look out for first chapter books for newly confident readers which will engage and inspire children and this series is perfect. We meet the main characters Dixie and Percy in a short interview in each book where we find out more about what they enjoy. The rest of the gang are introduced via Clara Vulliamy’s sublime illustrations.
In Dixie O’Day In the Fast Lane we first meet Lou Ella who is Dixie’s neighbour who likes to show off her new car and generally be unpleasant to everyone she meets. When they take part in the All-Day Race together Dixie is determined he will beat Lou Ella but with a car that’s always breaking down against a shiny new convertible, how can he possibly win? There are lots of mishaps, dastardly deeds and confusion as we watch to see who will win the race.
‘Dixie O’Day and the Great Diamond Robbery’ sees our heroes on holiday getting caught up in a mystery when a famous actress Peaches Miaow’s necklace goes missing. Our intrepid duo go out of their way to save a drowning man they’re brought into a world of caves, secret passages and cat burglars. Will they be able to save the day and find the missing jewels?
In ‘Up, Up and Away’ we find out more about Lou Ella Dixie’s archenemy who has a parrot Ariel who is desperate to escape from her. Our friends sneak Ariel away and get caught up in adventure in a hot air balloon after hiding from Lou Ella. As she pursues them on their journey will she catch up with them and get Ariel back or will Dixie and Percy manage to escape and save the day again?
These books are not only packed with fun filled stories but they include lots of lovely extras.
Interviews with Shirley and Clara
Dixie and Percy’s Games
Spot the Difference, Mazes and Quizzes
I think they are truly lovely books beautifully written with such gorgeous illustrations, they have such an irresistible appeal.
‘Dixie O’Day and the Haunted House’ is released in September and I know both myself and my daughter Evie can’t wait for more adventures from this delightful duo.
Clara has also collaborated with Polly Faber on ‘Mango & Bambang The Not-a-Pig’ which is released early September and I’m really looking forward to reading and reviewing on my blog.