Friday, 21 August 2015

Dork Diaries - Once Upon a Dork

We were recently asked by the publishers of the Dork Diaries series of books if we'd like to take a look at their latest book.

DD1 has been a massive Dork Diaries fan since she was in Primary School and even though she is now at the upper end of the age range of these books, she was still keen to find out what happens next!

If you aren't familiar with this series of books, Dork Diaries is aimed at girls aged between 9 and 13 and follows the story of 14 year old Nikki Maxwell and her life in and out of school.  The books are written in diary format with cute and quirky illustrations and comic strips which add to this humorous take on the life of a teenage girl.

Dork Diaries - Once Upon a Dork is no exception to this format and starts with Nikki being late for school complete with illustrations of her running out of the door (sadly with her little sister's lunch stuck to the front of her sweater!).

Later that day, during a game of dodgeball, Nikki has a bump on the head which leads to a dream in which she, her two best friends Cloe and Zoey, and the boy she has a crush on, Brandon all become part of well known Fairy Tales.  Of course, the school mean girl Mackenzie is there too.

The rest of the book follows Nikki in her dreamworld, helped by her Fairy Godmother Brianna (who is also her little sister).  Will she ever get home?  You'll have to read to find out, we're not spoiling it for you!

What we thought:

DD1 is at the upper age range for these books now, as I've already mentioned.  She really enjoyed the Dork Diaries series when they first started, but now that she's older they are posing less of a reading challenge for her.  She finished this particular book in only one day.

She and I both agree that they'd suit a younger pre-teen audience the best.  They are a largely innocent read and reminded me a bit of similar books that I'd read as a child (Sweet Valley High anyone?).

If you've got a 10 or 11 year old girl then this would make a good stocking filler or gift, especially if they are already a fan.

Dork Diaries - Once Upon a Dork, by Rachel Renee Russell is priced at £6.99 and is available to buy here.

We were sent a copy of Dork Diaries - Once Upon a Dork for the purpose of this review.  All words and opinions are our own.

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