Harriet Clare: Pinkie Swear by Louise Park
Published by Hinkler Books
It’s Tom Gates meets Jacqueline Wilson as our home-grown Aussie Harriet Clare invites young girls (no boys allowed) to be her BBF and help solve the mystery of the blabbed secret. In this engaging and interactive pretty pink notebook style diary, readers become participants designing their perfect sundae, or writing a secret about themselves etc.
The text is in a neat handwritten style, well spaced, with embellished headings, words and borders throughout. It is appealing in both visual and tactile elements and accessible for even reluctant readers. Marlene Monterrubio has created colourful sketchy-styled illustrations that are authentic for a girl Harriet Clare’s age.
In Pinkie Swear, Park brings seemingly disparate threads together for a very satisfying ending that has you trawling back through the book to marvel at how every part of the story fit together – when at the time they felt tangential. Louise Park and Marlene Monterrubio have hit on a winning combination for girls around 8 years. This is the second in the series – with more to come.
With themes of friendship, empathy, dealing with difficult emotions, celebrating individuality and respect for others this is a feel good story with a positive message in an engaging diary form.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Louise Park
Illustrator: Marlene Monterrubio
Title: Harriet Clare: Pinkie Swear by Louise Park
Publisher: Hinkler Books
Published: August 2015