Allen & Unwin, 2018
64pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
Lemonade Jones is stating Year One at a new school and as confident and self-assured as ever, she is sure she will be fine and indeed, knowing as much as she already does, she will be a help to her teacher. But this school is quite different from the one where she spent her Kindergarten year and which has closed down. For starters, she and best friend Clark Dark are not in the same classroom and her new teacher is more formal than she is used to. There are classroom rules to conform to but viewing the world in the black-and-white, literal way of six-year-olds, Lemonade has trouble accepting these, challenges them and finds herself in the Quiet Corner before the end of her very first day! Will she ever fit in?
This is a new series – this one has two separate stories – designed to appeal to the young Year One reader and presented in a way that they can either read it alone or hear it as a read-aloud. Either way, young girls will relate to Lemonade as they recognise familiar scenarios, support Lemonade’s perspective and learn that things can be different and they may not always be the centre of attention. There are plenty of charming colourful illustrations that means it straddles the line between picture book and stepping-stone novel and two stories in one book mean young readers do not have to wait too long for the sequel.
A new series for fans of Junie B. Jones, Billie B. Brown, Lottie Perkins and Clementine Rose.