Lottie Perkins (series)
ABC Books, 2018
64pp., pbk., RRP $A9.99
Charlotte (you can call me Lottie) Perkins is an exceptional child – well, that’s her belief anyway. She has a range of talents -each different in each book – but most of all she has drive, determination and a confidence in herself that is remarkable for a seven year old. In each episode of this new series, Lottie becomes a different character, one that is determined by the events that get her into strife and how she extricates herself from it.
Aided and abetted by her best friend Sam Bell, who believes in her as much as she does herself, her goat Feta and her pet rabbits, she slips into new roles while managing to circumvent the blocking efforts of mean-girl Harper Dark and her cronies, using her unique talents to emerge triumphant and even more confident than ever.
This is a new series for young girls who are becoming independent readers, with its large font, short chapters and liberal illustrations supporting their efforts. They will relate to the feisty, resilient Lottie and readily imagine themselves in her shoes. Something new for this age group who are transitioning between basal readers and novels with the first two books available now and the next two to come in November 2018.