Afternoon my lovelies. Today I’ve got a review for you of Children’s book – Hattie Brown versus the Cloud Snatchers by Claire Harcup, a wonderful book full of fantasy and magic with lots of wonderful characters and creatures…..
book blurb & info
The day Hattie Brown got pulled through the fridge was the same day everything started to disappear from the house — but missing socks were about to be the least of her troubles.
Hattie Brown lives a quiet life with her mother. That is, until the day she’s pulled into the magical realm of Somewhere-Nowhere.
This new world – full of tiny dragons, talking elephants, and enormous worms – has lost its clouds, so when Hattie realises she has the power to make it rain, there’s hope she could be what this strange place has been waiting for.
But not everyone is pleased with Hattie’s arrival. Ruled over by the cruel Lord Mortimer, Somewhere-Nowhere is in trouble. And when Hattie discovers that he’s hiding an army of kidnapped children, she doesn’t care who wants her there and who doesn’t: nothing is going to stop her rescuing them… not even the arrival of a boy they call Nimbus.
Hattie Brown versus the Cloud Snatchers is the first title in Claire Harcup’s middle-grade Hattie Brown series.
Published by: Agora Books on 24th September 2020
Formats available: Paperback & ebook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
When Hattie is sucked through her fridge and finds herself in another land with tiny dragons, elephants and other crazy creatures, she’s in for an adventure. At first the residents of this new world are excited to see her, thinking she’s the one they’ve been waiting for. But then things start going wrong and she finds herself arrested….
But with her new friend Arthur, she manages to escape but realises that rather than going home, she must help the hundredth children….but can she succeed in her mission?
This book definitely has an Alice in Wonderland type vibe to it. Disappearing through something, new fantastical creatures, a cruel leader, even a river that says ‘drink me’…..but I thoroughly enjoyed it! This is the sort of book children will be able to lose themselves in, with short chapters to keep their attention and wonderful characters.
Hattie is a great character – I really liked her and was with her on every step of her journey. And I really liked all the creatures, especially the tiny dragons and the cockatoo’s that kept doing Hattie’s hair!!
The descriptions are fantastic and really helped to bring this colourful and fantastical story to life. I really enjoyed the writing and think kids will find this a joy to read.
Overall a fab children’s book with a fantastic protagonist and a strange, wondrous world. I love the fact that it’s a series and can’t wait to see what Hattie gets up to next. If you’re looking for something new for your children, or something to read with them, then check this out. Recommended by me.
Thanks to Agora Books and NetGalley for a copy of the book in return for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own.
I’ll be back on Wednesday my lovelies, so have a good few days
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