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Laura Dockrill
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28 Feb 2013 Darcy Burdock 1

Ten-year-old Darcy Burdock is one of life's noticers. Curious, smart-as-a-whip, funny and fiercely loyal, she sees the extraordinary in the everyday and the wonder in the world around her.

In this first book, we are introduced to her family: Mum, who Darcy loves as much as her favourite fried egg and chips, Dad, who is kind and fair if a bit hopeless, and little siblings Hector and Poppy, who Darcy likes dressing up in ridiculous outfits and having dance-offs with, respectively. Plus there's her non-bleating pet lamb, Lamb-Beth and best friend, Will, to have adventures with.

Darcy learns that turning into an angrosaurus-rex and causing chaos just gets her in trouble, trying to run away from home with a reluctant lamb in tow leads to sore kneebows, it's best not to throw a massive strop just before your surprise birthday party, Hallowe'en is all about spider costumes and having a pumpkin with a wonky eye, and if she's ever in a situation at home or at school where she's not sure what to do, she should write a story around it and the truth will be illuminated by her imagination.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (28 Feb 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0552566071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552566070
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Britain finally has an answer to Jeff Kinney and his Wimpy Kid! if you haven't heard of Laura Dockrill before now then expect her to become a household name sometime in the next year." (Bookzone for Boys)

"Definitely, DEFINITELY beg your parents, siblings, cousins, friends, for this book!" (Awkward Donkey Blogspot)

"I want to lay out a red carpet and hire an orchestra to announce the arrival of this book! Darcy is a quirky, hilarious, mischievous, kind and cool all at the same time. The writing in this book oozes personality and is extremely refreshing to read. Darcy's voice is unique and original keeping you entertained all the way through the book." (Serendipity Reviews Blogspot)

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It's time for a new, cool, all-conquering girl character for tweens - meet Darcy Burdock.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and funny at the same time. 28 Feb 2013
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Originally posted on Serendipity Reviews
I wouldn't normally write a review so early, so this is a rarity for me, but I feel I want to lay out a red carpet and hire an orchestra to announce the arrival of this book. I may spontaneously combust if I don't talk about it now and get it out of my system.
I heard about this book back in June at the Random House Children's Books blogger party where I was lucky enough to meet the author, Laura Dockrill and hear her reading the first few pages from the book. (If you ever get the opportunity to hear Laura read, then I strongly suggest you take it - as she is a very talented performer.) So I have waited really really patiently until I could stand it no more and I had to read the book.
This is Darcy Burdock's story, she is a quirky, hilarious, mischievous, kind and cool all at the same time. She is a really strong character, which many children will easily identify with.
The book is told in first person and is interspersed with hand written stories by Darcy as well as really cool illustrations by Laura herself. Darcy is the lovable child we all see hidden in ourselves - the one that is still trying to make sense of the world and deal with life. She isn't perfect and she doesn't try to be, she just learns to overcome her issues by trying to occasionally do the right thing.
This book is both heartwarming and funny at the same time, as you follow Darcy's episodic events while writing everything down in her journal. She reminded me a little of Harriet the Spy but without the nosy, snooping tendencies.
The writing in this book oozes personality and is extremely refreshing to read. Darcy's voice is unique and original, keeping you entertained all the way through the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Daisy (12) for [...]

Darcy Burdock is one of life's thinkers she sees the amazing in everyday life around her. She thinks about everything and has a very active imagination. She often writes inventive stories and uses lots of people from her own life in these stories. She is a friendly character and you tend to fall in love with her because she's so friendly and I love her because she also likes Glee!

She tells about her hectic life and how growing up as a tweenager (a between teenager- not quite a teenager or a child) affects her. Her life is quite normal but she has problems at school, nosey neighbours, annoying boys, rubbish siblings and equally annoying girls as well.

My favourite part in the story is when her sister doesn't get chosen for a dance school and Darcy realises how important her sister is to her. Also there is a part whenever she walks into a room her parents stop whispering and her best friend Will is ignoring her. She feels really left out. Turns out they were planning a surprise birthday party for her.

Darcy Burdock is a very nice story with memorable characters but it's quite short, I read it very quickly, and it ends very suddenly. It's for younger tweens- about 9-11, and because I am 12 and it seemed like a book for younger children.

Verdict: If you are a fan of Lauren Child you would enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darcy burdock review 14 Dec 2013
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This book was so funny! Very random but tell s a story throughout this book was very entertaining and I think that everyone would love it no matter what age x
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3.0 out of 5 stars Darcy Burdock 23 Feb 2014
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The whole book was good apart from the bit that tells you a scary story for Halloween which freaked me out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darcy Burdock 17 Mar 2013
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I'm going to be upfront and admit that this isn't the kind of book I'd usually pick up as it is aimed at a slightly younger audience than my usual reads. However, after meeting Laura Dockrill last year and having the opportunity to listen to her read a sample from this book I just knew I had to read it. Laura is such a talented performer and her quirky personality shines through in Darcy Burdock.

Darcy is a fabulous character with an unusual way of looking at the world. She isn't always perfect but she has a good heart and she tries hard to do the right thing. I think most of us will be able to identify with her in some way and reading this book brought back so many childhood memories which made it a joy to read. I loved watching Darcy's interactions with her friends, her parents and her younger siblings. She is incredibly insightful with her observations and made me laugh out loud numerous times with the way she puts things.

The story almost has a diary feel to it with Darcy relating events that have happened to her as she goes along and she also includes stories that she writes and illustrates the whole thing with fun pictures. Darcy Burdock is such a fun read and it is the kind of book I would have adored when I was at primary school. I believe that this is going to be the first book in a series and if that is the case I can't wait to read about more of Darcy's adventures. I can't recommend this story highly enough.
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