Bindi Babes Paperback – 12 Jun 2003
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"Highly entertaining" (Guardian)
"Engaging, likeable and lively role models, well-observed dialogue and just a hint of romance provides great entertainment value and a throughly absorbing read" (Carousel)
"Entertaining" (Teaching and Learning)
Girl Power meets Goodness Gracious Me! This is a Bend it Like Beckham for pre-teens.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Amber, Geena and Jazz are three young girls whose mother died a year before the book is set. Their father does not know how to be a parent to them on his own and spends too much time at work. He over-compensates by indulging the girls' every whim and lavishing them with designer clothes. When their auntie arrives and begins to try to bring some normality and routine back to their lives, the girls are horrified and resent her intrusion into their mother's role. They plot to get rid of her. So far so-so. However, there is a much more serious message to this book when the girls begin to realise that they are not dealing with the loss of their mother quite as well as they thought and their auntie makes them realise that other people have problems too.
I liked the fact that it was made clear that having all the best possessions does not equal having the perfect life. The girls are envied by their schoolmates for what they have but what they don't have is what their schoolmates all have - a mother.
There is even a sub-plot that deals with a racist neighbour who is made to see the error of her ways by Auntie.
Losing a parent is traumatic at any age and the book is realistic in the way it highlights the fact that ignoring that someone has died is not facing up to it, and that life goes on for others who still have their parents but still have problems all the same. This is a childrens book with adult themes - loss, racism and compassion. Children and adults alike should read it.
This is a brilliant book which deals with deep issues such as loss, loneliness, racism, and superficial values with a lightness of touch which makes it a pure joy to read.
The only thing that Miss Lissa seems to have missed is that the book is written with a wonderfully funny and light tone that regularly had me in stiches - it's difficult to do that when you are writing about the tragic loss of a parent and racism.
And as for Auntie! Wow! I want to marry her now, do you hear me, Narinder? Who is she based on in real life?
SO, MISS LISSA, HOW COME YOU ONLY GAVE FOUR STARS??? Just what kind of a perfectionist are you?
Auntie is a awesome character in the book and she likes to annoy the girls and iterupt into other peoples lives.
I like this book because it is hilarious and when i read the book it made me feel determind to keep reading till the end. This would be the best book i have ever read in my whole life.