The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Publisher: Abrams & Chronicle Books
Carmen is a one-girl theatre company. She sings, acts, dances and makes the costumes! Her little brother Eduardo is desperate to be part of her shows, and she gives him a non-speaking role in her latest production. When her parents decide they need a little break from her relentless performances, Carmen has a very dramatic sulk – how can she be the star of the show if there is no audience? But one member of her family is still ready to play, and Carmen discovers that her biggest fan was right under her nose.
This colourful story has illustrations as loud as its main character. The inclusion of some Spanish dialogue is a lovely way to incorporate another language without making it the focus of the story. Young readers will enjoy exploring these new phrases, and there is a great opportunity to discuss the translations. It’s also a sweet story about siblings, and the special adoration younger siblings can have for their elders.