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Charlie and Lola: This Is Actually My Party - Lauren Child

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Lauren Child / Hardcover / 32 Pages / Book is published 2008-04-03 by Puffin Books

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      13.10.2009 07:40
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      One of the first ever reviews I wrote was on the delightful characters that I will try and review now, though this time I hope it is better received than the first time around!

      The book I will now review is - "Charlie and Lola - this is actually my party!"

      My daughter is at an age where she wouldn't go and actually get these books for herself to read, but is still quite happy to read my son's copies, who has just discovered the delight that is "Charlie and Lola".

      The characters were created by Lauren Child, and we were first acquainted with them through the television series shown on Cbeebies, they in themselves were more than enjoyable, so when we saw there were also books to accompany the series I was intrigued to see if they could compare with the imaginative and true to life children's programme.

      The books story is set around Charlie, who is the oldest of the two's, birthday party.

      The story always starts the same way, which again is perfect to bring the child you are reading to into the mix, my son knows the beginning line by heart -

      "I have this little sister Lola, she is small and very funny!"

      The story starts with the ever impending party and Lola slowly, but not deliberately, winding Charlie up by the minute.
      First she opens all of his birthday cards, she says that she was only being helpful after mummy said to help Charlie out.
      Then, after Charlie has gone out to get a monster mask for his monster themed party, and even though Lola has been warned that this is a monster party and not a girly "pink", she still insists on making a job lot of cupcakes iced with bright pink icing, because after all "it's not a party without pink cakes"

      The final straw comes when all of Charlie's guests arrive and she slowly commandeers them, getting them to play her party games, and not the one's Charlie and their Dad have organised, after an altercation in the kitchen, Lola realises what she has done and decides to redeem herself, will she manage in time to rejoin the party?

      As with everyone of the "Charlie and Lola" books the writing and pictures are exceptional.

      As mentioned earlier, because of the previous knowledge of the television series, I always find myself actually doing the voices of the characters, Charlie being the "big boy" and Lola being the "mischievous" younger sister.
      The stories are always easy to read and just as easy to follow, and I never ever dislike reading them, unlike some of Connors other books, I try to avoid those books at all costs....you know who you are Power Rangers!!

      The pictures again are really interesting. The text of the story is written over the top of the pictures, meaning that the entire page can be used for the pictures.
      The pictures are made up from coloured pictures, until the story is referring to Lola's imagination, then the pictures seem to take on a life of there own, one example is when Lola makes the cupcakes, they seem to be on a production line that snakes around a double page spread, with there being pink icing everywhere, just the same as if any child had been icing!

      There is a huge amount of books available within this range, all of them revolving around the afore mentioned characters and occasionally there friends, my favourites being the one's including Lola's imaginary friend "Soren Lorenson", these stories always remind me of some of the stuff my kids say and do!

      For more information visit - www.charlieandlola.com

      Pricewise, these are available new for around £5.00, though some of the older books are currently available for pennies - www.amazon.co.uk

      Thanks for reading x

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        06.10.2009 18:39
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        My children both adore charlie and lola as many children do, having seen the television programme i thought it would be good for them to read a book of the programme to apprecialte the fact that it was originally a book.
        This story is really amusing and centers around Charlie's birthday party. Lola, as usual is really excitable and eager. Although she does not mean any harm she intentionally tries to take over charlie's party first by opening all his presents and cards, then turning his monster themed party into a pink flowers one. Charlie of course is really upset though he does not want to leave his sister out of the whole celebration either like the good brother that he is. In the end Lola herself realises that because its charlies party it should be about the things he likes.

        A good story with a moral for small children realted through a likable and cute brother and sister.

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