We really like Jacqueline Wilson’s books in our house; we like the grit and the determination and the good endings.
And Book Biscuit is a sucker for the lovely, decorative names of the characters in these Victorian-set books too. Clover Moon—who wouldn’t want a lucky name like that?
Set in the same time and place as HETTY FEATHER, this book will be a treat for those who like a bit of Victorian drama and it will be an especially big treat for fans of Hetty. Book Biscuit can’t wait to dive into the fancy dress chest for his Hetty costume just at the mention of it!
CLOVER MOON gives us a window (probably quite a grimy one) into the life of a child living in the overcrowded slums of Victorian London; the disease, the threat of the workhouse… the allure of a pot of jam! You can practically smell the stale ale and the chamber pots that poor Clover has to empty everyday. And we’re rooting for our determined heroine from the start because she’s feisty and strong and a survivor. We hope…
Clover Moon lives in ‘Cripps Alley’ in Victorian Hoxton. With a cruel stepmother, a hopeless father and six small siblings; all of whom Clover is tasked with looking after. She’s actually brilliant with children but soon things get too tough and Clover becomes desperate to escape. Luckily, she has an awesome imagination and some great friends to help her on her way. Two of her most treasured friends are Jimmy Wheels who uses a make-shift wheelchair and Mr Dolly, an old doll-maker who was born with a crooked back and suffers discrimination because of it. These are two of the best characters in the book and really come up trumps to help her on her way to a better life.
Because hers is a life of hard-knocks, Biscuit did get quite teary on behalf of our heroine. He was determined to be brave and plucky though—just like her—and we got through the tough times.
In essence, CLOVER MOON is a rags-to-riches story where our heroine’s courage is paid off with great friendships and lots of admiration for her unique strengths. It is another great story, warmly told by a classic storyteller and we throughly enjoyed it.
Other interesting things:
Children (and Biscuits) are super fond of Nick Sharratt’s bright, fun illustrations that even young ones may want to have a go at reading these books but we think you should be at least eight or nine years old for this story (and probably not an actual biscuit).