So when Opal Moonbaby comes along, with her mad hair and huge violet eyes, claiming to be an alien and wanting to be friends, Martha is definitely NOT interested. But Opal isn’t the kind of alien who takes no for an answer…
Sparkling with originality and charm, this is a heart-warming, hilarious story about friendship.
From the very first pages of this book the author grabbed my attention and she kept it right through until the last page. The plot is one that I think readers of all ages can identify with, Martha is finished with the idea of friends after her friend let her down so badly – she knows she’ll be better off going it alone. Even meeting the rather odd Opal Moonbaby won’t change her mind.
I must admit I had an idea in my head of how the plot was going to play out, with Opal being an alien from another planet, but I was pleased to be entirely wrong. I’d expected Opal to need to be introduced to everything in our world, but the author avoided that and instead allowed Opal to be knowledgeable but for this knowledge to be flawed. To me this resulted in a far funnier and more enjoyable book.
There’s so much to love about this book, Opal, her adorable companion Garnet, and lovely brother and sister Martha and Robbie are all characters I really enjoyed reading about. The ‘bad guys’ are well created too, the author takes real care to show why they are acting the way they are.
Reading this book I was transported back to the books I’d loved as a child. The illustrations help with this I think, at times they really reminded me of the art work by Quentin Blake that adorned the pages of the Roald Dahl books I adored. I think this book will go down really well with young readers, and they’ll probably learn a thing or two about friendship whilst they read without even realising it.
Opal Moonbaby is published in paperback and eBook by Orion in the UK. Whilst I was provided with a review copy of the book all of the opinions expressed are my own.