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Review: Polly Price’s Totally Secret Diary – on Stage in America

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Title: Polly Price’s Totally Secret Diary – on Stage in America

Author: Dee Schulman

What it’s about: Polly Price thinks she has the most embarrassing mother in the world: actress and airhead Arabella Diamonte. In this story, the two travel to San Francisco so Arabella can start touring in the production of a new play, and Polly writes down everything that happens during the summer of mayhem.

Holly’s review: I liked this book because it is funny. It is funny because the way it’s written – like in the diary how she writes and puts in little boxes about what someone has said and writes something funny about it. I would recommend this book to everyone: teenagers, children, adults, anyone. Her mum is an actress and Polly is just about to realise that she will be one too.

Sam’s review: I never got a look-in with this book! Well perhaps one night when I tried to read it to Holly. It doesn’t suit being read aloud and I doubt this was the author’s intention anyway. Because of its design – basically, a story told through diary format but with lots of speech bubbles, pictures, etc – the narrative is frequently broken up. This is fine – it’s just not a text that lends itself to reading aloud because of lack of flowing narrative prose.The illustrations work very well though and Holly and I particularly liked the occasional use of real photos in the text, which made it look even more realistic.

To be honest, I was surprised that Holly liked it so much. She normally steers clear of comic-style books like the plague but she became so engrossed in this that she could hardly put it down. She giggled constantly when reading it and took it into school for quiet reading time. At school, a friend said she was also a fan, so they have both have been chatting about the stories. I think we will be getting the other books in the series!

Note: We received a copy of this book from Random House for review, but our opinions have not been influenced by this, nor were we under any obligation to review the book.

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Author:

Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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