Friday, 16 November 2018

ReadItDaddy's Chapter Book of the Week - Week Ending 16th November 2018: "Dork Diaries: Birthday Drama" by Rachel Renee Russell (Simon and Schuster Children's Books)

Nothing short of sheer unadulterated MANIA greeted this week's Chapter Book of the Week on its arrival through our letterbox...
My daughter is, without doubt, the biggest Dork Diaries fan on the planet - so any new book is met with a mixture of hyperventilating, arm-flapping and of course a gigantic goofy grin.

Heck, C even wanted to bunk off school just to read "Dork Diaries: Birthday Drama" by Rachel Renee Russell.

We managed to prize it out of her hands and pack her off to school (with it tucked in her bag, I hope she doesn't get into trouble in class for slacking off while reading it!)

So what on earth is arch-dork herself Nikki up to this time?

Well as you may have guessed from the title, it's Nikki's birthday - and her BFFs are planning a SUPER COOL party that Nikki will ever forget.

There'll be a pool party, there'll be crazy balloons, a cake the size of the Eiffel Tower, a DJ busting some essential choons and the most beautiful highly sought-after invitations.

No problem, right?

The only problem is that mum thinks the whole thing sounds astronomically expensive and needs scaling down. 

Soon Nikki's dreams of uber-popularity thanks to her dream party look like they're going to be dashed. It'll be the same as every year. Warm soda, rubbish cake, no decent music and (ugh) siblings ruining things.

Can Nikki and her BFFs come up with a plan at the last minute to save the day, or will there be major birthday drama?!

Sometimes I just love the fact that, despite this book really not being anywhere near my cup of chai latte, that this is C's favourite story range - and the little snorts that give way to huge guffaws at Nikki's antics are worth the entry fee. 

I'm pretty sure a lot of parents hate their daughters (or perhaps even sons) being into this book series, but tbh if she loves them - and demands vociferously that they make Book of The Week every time they're released, then who am I to argue with a Dork Diaries-obsessed mega tween!?

"Dork Diaries: Birthday Drama" by Rachel Renee Russell is out now, published by Simon and Schuster Children's Books (kindly supplied for review).