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Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker is one of a series of books about Penny Dreadful by Joanna Nadin and illustrated by Jess Mikhail, all of which are perfect for transitional readers, (children moving on from picture books, but who are not yet ready for full on novels).  The books are split into three separate stories, and are full of black and white illustrations which break up the text and add to the humour and inventiveness of the tales.


The stories are told from Penny’s point of view and if you like, say, Clarice Bean by Lauren Child, you will love these, as the language and style are reminiscent of Clarice Bean’s way of speaking/looking at the world.

In this book, Penny tracks down a vampire king, helps to cheer up her grandmother and tries to break a world record, all with the help of her best friend Cosmo Moon Webster, even if he is only a boy.

The stories are really silly, and the vampire story was priceless. I read it to my children and we had to keep stopping because we were laughing so much.

I highly recommend these for boys and girls aged six and upwards. They are great to read aloud either at bed time or in class, but also fantastic for newly confident readers.