Disclaimer – I was sent a free copy of this book in return for a fair and unbiased review
‘It was the school holiday, Lottie wasn’t looking forward to the school holiday because for the first time she would be spending the holiday away from home, her parents and her nanny Edwina. Lottie was going to visit her grandparents.
Who wouldn’t like a magical jacket? Lottie Sparkles is a little girl who loves everything sparkly, mainly clothes. Anything plain or dirty is a disgrace in Lottie’s mind! When Lottie is sent to spend time with her lovely grandparents in the countryside, she is furious because that essentially means smelly animals, lots of puddles and hard work! But what she certainly didn’t count on was coming face to face with a magical object.
What I thought
I feel I should start with an extra disclaimer, I was never a Lottie kid. I was one who ran and jumped into all the puddles and climbed as many trees as I could. I also used to run after my little sister who WAS a Lottie and would cry whenever she got a speck of dirt on her hand. (Sorry not sorry!)
So when Lottie is complaining about her clothes getting dirty ON A FARM. I was just a little bit not impressed with her. I get that she was grumpy about having to be in a farm and it didn’t suit her sparkly life and clothes but she’s probably old enough to know better. I do love that her grandparents just accepted it and didn’t fight back, Lottie would have to learn the hard way that her clothes were in no way suitable. And she did learn the hard way. Which made my tom-boy heart happy.
The illustrations in this book are amazing, it was a joy to turn every page and to see the story reflected in picture form.
My only issue is the story felt unfinished, there was no pay off. Lottie gained a magical jacket with powers to give her more sparkly clothes, it felt a bit like she was getting rewarded for being a brat. She didn’t grow as a character and got exactly what she wanted. But I am aware that I’m looking at this with an adult’s eyes.
Why I read it
I was sent a free copy for review, but I was interested because it sounded fun and cute.
It was a fun story and I loved reading how every animal ate/ruined various items of sparkley clothing.
Am I glad I read it? Yeah, it was a quick fun read.
Did I enjoy it? It wasn’t bad
Would I read again? Probably not, I’m not the targeted audience but I can see why kids would love it and giggle most of the way through
Would I recommend? I wouldn’t give it to my Brownies but that’s because I know that they are the kind of people to get covered in mud and laugh about it the entire time.
Thanks to Rachel for organising this blog tour. It’s not one of my normal books but I’m glad I read it.