Friday, 30 September 2011

Cactus Annie

First days at school are stressful enough (we've got that to look forward to next year!) but when you're enrolling at Cowgirl School and you don't know your lasso from your saddle pommel, you're in serious trouble. 

Cactus Annie struggles to fit in with her class of talented cowgirl classmates, and ends up running away. Only to find that in a crunch, she's actually the rootin' tootin' cowgirl she'd always dreamed of being. Foiling the plans of a bunch of dastardly rats, Cactus Annie wins the day. 

This charming and idyllic view of the wild wild west is deliciously presented by Melanie Williamson. Great characters, great baddies (c'mon, every children's book needs a great set of baddies!) and a nice satisfying end to a cute little tale that should win the hearts of little girls (and little boys) everywhere. Hooray for Cactus Annie!

Charlotte's favourite bit - The nasty rats and their cheese-making machine

Daddy's favourite bit - That machine, it's a work of Heath-Robinson-esque genius

Rating - 4 out of 5 stars