Amelia Chamelia and the Birthday Party by Laura Sieveking
Illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez
Published by Penguin Random House
Date: 8 January 2019
Amelia Chamelia is just your regular 7-year-old, and with her 8th birthday around the corner she is busily planning the best birthday party ever. Her only concern is inviting her troublesome twin cousins because of the mischief they get up to. When her birthday arrives, so does a BIG and peculiar change, with tingles, trembles, prickles, tickles and one ginormous HICCUP Amelia changes colour. She cannot believe it, she has blended in with things around her which means she can do things she normally can’t do, like see what those sneaky twins are up to at her birthday party.
What I liked about this book is that it has strong themes of friendship, family, and doing the right thing so that everyone can enjoy themselves. The book is very easy to read and immediately gathers the readers attention with Amelia organising her birthday party. Most children love the idea of picking out items, treats and invitations for parties and the author clearly has a good understanding of what themes interest children of this age.
The friendship theme is quite lovely in this book because every step of the way Amelia’s friend Willow helps her with her birthday preparations. There is no sense of Amelia being selfish and there is a genuine excitement from them both. It is refreshing to see a book about friendship without conflict.
There are a few black and white illustrations throughout the book that make a nice transition from easy readers to first chapter books by breaking up the text a bit. The addition of the stars on each page adds a magical feel to the book.
The larger font and short chapters make this book easily readable for your child 5+, and is a good introduction to reading chapter books. This series is going to be popular because its content is topical and fresh.
There are more adventures coming from Amelia Chamelia so keep a lookout for them.
Thank you Penguin Random House for the opportunity to honestly read and review this book.