Clementine Rose and the Perfect Present by Jacqueline Harvey
Following the success of her Alice-Miranda series Jacqueline Harvey’s new series Clementine Rose is sure to enjoy equal success.
Clementine Rose and the Perfect Present is the third in the series and again delivers on excitement and charm all while addressing life’s little dramas.
We find five year old Clementine Rose Appleby with more than one thing on her mind.
For starters, guests are about to descend on her home and then there is Angus Archibald’s party. Everyone from Clemmie’s class was going; well everyone that is except for Clementine. She had waited so patiently for the invitation to arrive, even made a special trip to Mrs Mogg’s store to see if it was there, but it had not arrived. And to make her feel worse Joshua Tribble was making her feel very sad about being the only one in her class not to be invited.
Who would have thought a giant tent in the backyard could invoke such excitement around Penberthy House. Lady Clarissa, Clementine’s mother and her extended family are hosting a wedding. Not just your average wedding but an Indian wedding complete with Sari’s, Indian tradition and two giant stone lions guarding the marquee.
But Clemmie is unable to focus on all the excitement and when her beloved Uncle Digby suddenly becomes ill everything is thrown into chaos. Luckily one of the guests is a doctor who is quick to help Uncle Digby and reassure Clementine. Aunt Violet refuses to accompany Uncle Digby to the hospital so Lady Clarissa goes instead. But that now leaves the unthinkable… Aunt Violet has been left in charge!
With all those guests arriving, Sebastian Smote the wedding planner and his team setting up, a missing invitation and now Aunt Violet in charge! What could possibly happen next?
Clementine’s classmates were all abuzz with what they were wearing to Angus’s dress-up birthday party. All the fuss was making Clementine’s tummy feel funny.
But with the help of her new friends Arya, Alisha and Aksara, the Groom’s nieces and nephew, Clementine puts Angus’s party to the back of her mind. The new friends, together with Pharaoh (Aunt Violets ‘s beloved sphinx cat) and Clemmie’s pet teacup pig, Lavender, play happily together as the preparations for the wedding continue around them.
Violet is intent on finding the right present for Uncle Digby, it has to be just perfect! What will she find?
Will the wedding go off without a hitch or will the cantankerous Aunt Violet ruin everything? What surprise does Uncle Orville, one of the guests have in store for Aunt Violet? And what’s happened to the mysterious invitation?
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