Random House Australia
Clemmie Rose is such a favourite around here and as I well know with many little girls. This is the new volume so many of us were waiting for as finally a marriage proposal is in the air! However there are some other complications to mar such a happy announcement.
Clemmie’s best friend Sophie, whose parents own the local French bakery, has to return to France for a year so the family can help an aging grandparent. CR is devastated at the loss of her lifelong friend and even more so when the new occupants of the bakery appear with their rather vile and nasty young daughter, Sassy. Even the thought of having her own international penpal does not help when Sassy starts her petty meanness toward both Clemmie and Will, completely turning the pair against the thought of their parents becoming engaged.
The gentle humour of the series continues as Aunt Violet becomes mellower and the wonderful Digby remains the completely unflappable ex-butler even when faced with Sassy’s equally horrid mother and her snobbery. Lavender the teacup piglet and Pharaoh the Sphinx cat are of course back in the cast of characters and remain the oddest pair of best friends.
Grandparents’ Day at the school seems fraught with problems as Mrs Bottomley unwittingly falls for Sassy’s untruths and gives her the plum role of announcer. Fortunately despite Sassy’s fibs it seems she does indeed have grandparents and those not quite as forgiving or malleable as her pretentious parents.
All in all another great read for girls six years old and up. I’m sure many of our girls who started out with Clemmie in the first story are still reading them – just so they can find out what happens next!