Monday, July 09, 2012

A debut novel review

I've just finished reading Jackie Marchant's debut novel I'm Dougal Trump and It's not my Fault. I read it in one evening from start to finish and really enjoyed it. The fact that I was able to read it so quickly is  testament to how entertaining a book it is. The curious creature in the shed that the main character is told lurks there, kept me reading but so did Dougal's funny, at times laugh-out-loud, antics, which were entirely believable.

The book is well written and although initially you may question some of the language, the voice of the main character Dougal, develops into a really distinctive and entirely believable one. He's obviously a bright but clearly misunderstood young man!! And you can't help but like him. Presented as an accident prone, mischievous boy who is forever having to prove his innocence, poor Dougal moves from one laughable disaster to another, hounded by his friends and sister, blamed by his parents and teachers.

A very relatable book for children. I'm sure many boys and girls will enjoy the book which is aimed at readers of  9+, and I whole heartedly recommend it. It's beautifully presented with lovely illustrations and lots of handwritten and scrawled notes which add to the authenticity of events.  Macmillan's website for Dougal Trump will give you a taster of what's to come ... this and the book are sure to grab young readers' attentions, so I'm certain we will see more of Dougal in the future, and I look forward to reading more from Jackie. A great and entertaining debut novel.