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  • a real adventure of a story

    Little Mabel’s parents own a Bed and Breakfast called The Mermaid Hotel. One day a new guest checked in with lots and lots of heavy luggage. She was an older woman with bright red lips and an awful attitude, Mabel called her Madame Badobedah. Mabel thought there was something fishy about the woman and decided she would become a spy and find out if the new guest really was a ‘Super Villain’ and stop her plan for domination. Madame Badobedah is a lovely, sweet book told in three parts. Mabel is used to there being lots of guests at her parent’s B&B but they normally only stay a night or two and are usually polite and don’t have lots of heavy luggage with them, they also don’t call her ‘Darlink’ instead of darling. She decides she is going to find out what the new guest is up to and the first thing she does is to spy through the keyhole of room 32, where the woman is staying, she is surprised what she sees the woman removing from her bag, as well as seeing her crying. One day Mabel is caught in the act but Madame Badobedah isn’t mad, she invites Mabel in for tea, but Mabel decides this is a good time to carry on her investigations and interrogate the woman. The illustrations throughout bring the story to life and engage the reader. The creative nature of the book is delightful and I love how Ms. Dahl has brought together two very different characters, especially their ages and created this amazing imaginative story. The only thing I’m not sure on is where this book fits into the children’s market as it is too long and has too much text to be a picture book, but it is a bit young for a middle-grade reader. Wherever it fits I can confirm the reader will be getting a real adventure of a story and one that will keep them hooked the whole way through.

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