Great Bites For Girls - Serena And The Sea Serpent by Garth Nix
Published by Penguin Books Australia
Serena Smith was the youngest of 17 children. Serena was smart. Very smart. She was possibly the smartest girl in the whole of Australia.
Why was Serena so smart? Because her dad was an inventor, and one day, a very unfortunate accident occurred, leaving Serena a Genius.
As Serena grew, she soon developed the tag of being a complete “now-it-all.”
When a terrifying Sea Serpent, keeps bashing into boats on the harbour, the villages realise the only way to make it go away, is to offer up a girl to appease it.
Many young girls had been taken this way in other villages surrounding Serena’s town, which got Serena to thinking, so she volunteered.
What she finds, is one very upset Sea Serpent who is merely searching for food to feed himself and the Penguimaids. You see, in order to keep all the little girls safe, he turned them into Penguimaids, so that they can survive in the water and eat seaweed to their hearts content.
Serena knows this can’t go on, so using her very very smart brain, she cooks up a plan with the Sea Serpent, and rallies the town in order to achieve her goal.
The pathway however, is never easy and Serena must overcome more challenges along the way. She enlists the help of her sisters, puts her clever mind to action and she comes up with one very helpful solution to aid the Sea Serpent, as well as the townsfolk.
This was a delightful read, showing us how a little girl with great tenacity and huge brain power, still had to work together with her family and friends to find a solution to suit everyone. I believe girls and boys aged 6-8 would really enjoy this tale and once again the wonderful illustrations help to give a richness to Serena’s story.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Garth Nix
Illustrator: Stephen Michael King
Title: Great Bites For Girls - Serena And The Sea Serpent by Garth Nix
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Published: January 2014