Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life


Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life is not one we recommend any reader follows. Maddy’s in chaos! She’s keen to discover her talent that she might win awards such are showcased in her family yet cannot discover her talent! Might it be painting? Maybe painting Dad’s birdhouse chestnut brown could be a starter? Could it be baking? It seems Grandad (Agung) have enough jam for a Victoria sponge?

Dev suggests that Maddy might try recorder playing. Maybe this could be included within a fundraising concert for Dev’s drama group. It seems its losing its venue. Then again, could baby sitting the Evil Twins be Maddy’s métier?

As we work through Maddy’s efforts to discover her strengths and role within her family, we are gifted with a laugh-out-loud treasure. Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life is a glorious fusion of storytelling and anecdotal pictures. Bookwagon recommends this wonderful story, highly!

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Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life

Story and Pictures by Sue Cheung

(Andersen Press)

Sue Cheung is the writer of the multi-award winning Chinglish. Now she turns her pen to another story in Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life. It seems that unlike her brothers or parents, or even her grandfather, Maddy has no particular talent. Although her best friend offers ideas, it seems that nothing is evident. What’s more every time she attempts to trial something there’s a drama, like the loss of Oli’s hamster, or the Evil Twins need childminding.
Thereafter, when Maddy’s help is needed, such as to paint the bird table, there’s disaster, or Mr Pike is looming over the fence with a problem! What is our girl to do? Could it be that Dev’s theatre group might offer an opportunity for a grand performance? Or could Maddy’s grandfather assist with any of the treasures he’s unearthed like a magic box? Then there’s the need for a venue for Dev’s drama group, which suggests a fundraiser. Maybe baking could be on the menu?
Alongside an action packed storyline, which barely allows us or Maddy’s entourage to gain breath, we’re treated to fantastic line drawings that annotate the dramas. It seems unbelievable to us that there is no trophy for our heroine in the cabinet. Yet what does ensue is absolutely the (Fuzzface) cat’s whiskers with a whiff of Graham…
Bookwagon recommends Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life to our readers.


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