Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat
(Harper Collins) PB RRP $14.99
Reviewed by Karen Hendriks
Debut author Vivat has creatively written a fun, engaging book that has a strong voice for a young reader. This book would suit 8-12 year olds. Vivat’s clever doodles and illustrations sparkle and show emotion with honesty and warmth. They show the dramatic Abbie Wu as a loveable, honest and likeable character. How can you not like Abbie Wu’s open heart?
Vivat’s original style of writing speaks clearly to young readers in their own language. The story moves at a lively pace with a fun sense of humour.
‘Not all adults are that honest. On the way home from back-to-school shopping, Mum made a surprise stop at Antonia’s and offered to buy me a pastry. But, turns out, the pastry was a trap! Let’s talk about school.’
The themes of change, finding your ‘thing’ and fitting in are popular with middle grade students. School is a big deal at this age, and making subject choices and fitting in is very important. Abbie is a middle child too so she is stuck in the middle of everywhere. Being in the middle makes you invisible.
Abbie Wu is dramatic and everything is always a crisis: ‘I am guaranteed without a doubt 100% doomed.’
Vivat shares pieces of herself in her character Abbie Wu who just makes you smile. Once you start reading this book it’s hard to put down.
Frazzled will have leave young readers wanting more of Abbie Wu. I wouldn’t be surprised if a series is written about Abbie Wu.