Ford Street, 2019
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
Nova’s brother thinks his little sister gets away with everything as she has all the family bluffed about being the perfect child. Whether it’s dad’s raspberry muffins disappearing, Nan’s knitting wool getting knotted or Harry’s chemistry set vanishing, Nova never gets the blame – but he does. However, when he sets out to prove that she is at the heart of all the mischief he makes an amazing discovery and ends up with a decision to make. Will he keep her secret?
With a very real “Nova and brother” relationship close to me, this is such a great portrayal of how wily little sisters can be and how dimples and a smile can fool the most astute. There will be many big brothers (and sisters) who will relate to this scenario, although not necessarily the situation, and who will delight in the outcome. Lots of opportunity for them to talk about their personal experiences when they have been blamed for EVERYTHING! The title is a clever play on words that could spark some discussion and the illustrations work well with the text, cleverly pulling the reader through the story to find out just what is going on.
Another one to consolidate young readers’ understanding that there is much fun to be had in stories and books.