Sarah Jane Wright
Bloomsbury USA, 2018
40pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Sometimes Lola Dutch is a little bit much! Each morning she wakes up brimming with ideas about how to have an AMAZING day and then, with her animal friends, goes about doing so.
It starts with breakfast where Gator gets grits and gravy, Pig gets pastries with hot chocolate and marshmallows, Crane orders crepes and cream and all the while her friend Bear watches on with trepidation because he knows who gets to wash the dishes and clean up. On their morning walk, Lola decides to go to the library and while the others read about great inventors, chemists and writers, Lola reads about great artists – which sets her imagination running…
And so the day goes on, with Lola’s imagination knowing no bounds and Bear trying to rein it in a little. Even bedtime is not calming and peaceful until Lola discovers that despite the frenetic day, there is really only one thing she needs.
Inspired by the antics of their four children, this husband and wife team have created a book that not only is full of big ideas but also leaves the reader a bit breathless. Parents choosing to read this to their children at bedtime need to be ready for their suggestions for how their next day can be AMAZING – and then hope it’s all forgotten about come morning, unless they want an AMAZING day too! If they do, there’s more here.