Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Marge In Charge by Isla Fisher

My name is Jemima Button. I am seven years old and I'm the tallest girl in my class. My little brother is Jakeypants, though grown-upscall him Jake, and he is four years old. He loves wrestling, dinosaurs and icecream. 

Published by Piccadilly Press in July 2016 
Pages - 176
Summary
Jemima and Jake's new babysitter doesn't look too promising. In fact she looks very sensible, very old and VERY small (she only comes up to daddy's armpit!). But the moment their parents leave the house, Marge gives a mischievous wink, takes off her hat and reveals a marvellous mane of rainbow-coloured hair! 
Marge really is a babysitter like no other and the children spend a wild evening with her - racing snails, slurping chocolate soup and mixing potions in the bath! But if Jake and Jemima want her to babysit again it's time for them to take charge of Marge, tidy up and settle her down for a little sleep.
Three hilarious, anarchic and charming MARGE stories from A-list actress, mother, writer and comedian Isla Fisher. 
*****
This chapter book consists of three short episodic events in Jemima's life, where Marge's baby sitting services are needed. Each tale is bright, magical and inspiring. Marge is ageless and energetic - she will try anything and everything at least once. 
What a delightfully strange yet unique character our Marge really is. I feel like I know her so well, I'm comfortable in calling her our Marge, because she waltzs in like she's part of the family and quickly makes herself at home. She has an uncanny knack of making the completely bizarre look incredibly normal. 
Everyone should have a Marge in their lives. 
Marge is excellent at getting things done, even if she doesn't intentionally mean to. She gets Jemima's little brother, Jake, doing all the things he hates and not realising that he is doing them. It's like Marge has magic hidden in her rainbow coloured hair. 
If I had to compare Marge to any other character, I'd say she was like a grown up version of Opal Moonbaby by Maudie Smith. 
Jemima is a bit of a worry head, but one with very mature responses to Marge's antics. It was a refreshing change to find Jemima, the child, cleaning up after Marge, the adult, falls asleep,
Marge is one of those characters I can't wait to read more about. I think this is a series that could run and run.

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