Sunday 5 August 2012

Horrible Harriet’s Inheritance

Horrible Harriet's Inheritance Horrible Harriet's Inheritance by Leigh Hobbs (Allen and Unwin)
PB RRP $13.99
ISBN 978-1-74114-985-2
Reviewed by Ann Harth ( )

Horrible Harriet is back! If you haven’t met her, it’s time. She’s larger than life and confident she is the best of the best – in everything. She feels beautiful, popular and talented and isn’t afraid to say so.

When Horrible Harriet receives a letter from Sir Ponsonby Flashback stating that she may be a long-lost member of the Royal Family (possibly even a queen), she is thrilled, but not surprised. To claim her rightful title she must embark on a mission to find the missing links in her family tree.

After a thorough search through the museum and a rummage through a mysterious chest that arrives at her school, Horrible Harriet finds that she is, indeed, of royal blood. She leaves her nest in the top of the school, bakes a frog’s legs, lizard and spider pie for the teachers in the cellar, double locks her fridge so her friend Mr Chicken won’t eat her food and heads to the railway station to claim her inheritance.

Horrible Harriet’s journey is filled with adventure, humour and a surprising revelation.

This unique and fast-paced tale is told by Horrible Harriet herself with the assistance of Leigh Hobbs’ whose clever illustrations tell a slightly different story. His black and white drawings give the reader a wonderful view into the life of Horrible Harriet and those who surround her.

Children aged 7-11 will enjoy following the funny and slightly scary Harriet as she searches for her royal roots. If they haven’t read Leigh Hobbs’ first Horrible Harriet book, they will certainly do so now. Horrible Harriet is impossible to ignore!

Leigh Hobbs is an artist/author, best known for his children’s books. His work has been shortlisted three times for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year. His books are so loved by his audience that he has won every major children’s choice awards in Australia. His work has also been made into a TV series and adapted for the stage. For more information about Leigh Hobbs, please visit his website.

Ann Harth is a published children's author and writing tutor at Australian College of Journalism. She loves to read and is committed to creating children's literature that inspires, entertains and triggers a tiny twist in the mind. Her latest middle-grade novel, The Art of Magic, is now available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

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