Thursday, 19 March 2015
Violet and the Hidden Treasure by Harriet Whitehorn and Becka Moore
Meet Violet Remy-Robinson, an amateur Sherlock Holmes in the making...Violet has spent her Easter holiday exploring India with Godmother Celeste, including visiting Celeste's good friend the Maharajah and meeting his very special parrot. And when she returns home, only to get a visit from the Maharajah's butler, asking her to look after the parrot, Violet couldn't be more surprised (and her cat Pudding couldn't be less pleased…). But as Violet discovers, the parrot holds the key to the Maharajah's fortune, and someone is trying to parrot-nap her! Can she discover who the culprit is before they succeed? Violet is on the case… With a beautiful hardback package complete with two colour illustrations throughout by emerging talent, Becka Moore, everyone is bound to fall in love with Violet and the colourful characters that make up her world.
I love this series entirely. I don't read huge amounts of MG titles but those I do often find I adore and this series is just awesome. The stories themselves read like a Enid Blyton mystery novel (except more diverse and less racist) and therefore charm my inner Blyton reading child entirely from the moment I start them. The stories keep you guessing right through to the end and I love all the characters you need along the way.
I love love love the illustrations that are included in this book. They really add to the story and are beautifully done. I wish more MG and YA titles included illustrations. Also the pictures also include maps and a who's who at the start of the book which is all kinds of fabulous.
Just perfect reads for anyone over the age of 7.