Naughty Little Girl At School,
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This review is from: The Melanie Brown Stories (Paperback)
My own Year 1 teacher read these stories to me, and I have just read them to my six-year-old daughter. She loves them, and keeps asking for extra stories to be read.
"The Melanie Brown Stories" is an omnibus edition of all three Melanie Brown short story anthologies by the late (sorry, no new stories possible!) Pamela Oldfield: "Melanie Brown Goes To School", "Melanie Brown Climbs A Tree" and "Melanie Brown And The Jar Of Sweets". There's around thirty or so short stories in total.
Melanie Brown is like a slightly older My Naughty Little Sister. She is five, then six, years old, lives in 1970s England, and goes to the village school. Most of the stories are set in the school, with brief references to home. Melanie Brown loves being the centre of attention, is stubborn, tests the rules all the time, and sometimes is outright naughty simply for the sake of it - and my daughter lapped it all up in breathless anticipation. The misdemeanors are all relatively harmless and usually amusing, such as concealing PE shorts in a drainpipe and causing a waterfall, or using the class cress-growing project as medicine for a game and eating the lot. The children are written in a very believable way that has not dated at all, and there's only a few period references that need explaining, like school television, gym apparatus, why all schools did prayers and hymns in those days etc. There are lots of boy characters as well as girls.
This is a delightful book, and I wish it was still in print. 7+ years for children reading for themselves.