I’m Actually Really Grown-Up Now
Maisie Paradise Shearring
Meena’s parents are having a party but, so she’s told as she reluctantly goes to bed, it’s for grown-ups only. Party loving Meena however makes her own plan.
The following morning she makes a very important announcement to her family, “I’m actually really grown-up now!”
What’s more she is having her own party – parents welcome.
Raiding mum’s wardrobe to find the perfect outfit is fun;
but grown ups also have to work and of course the party itself needs to be prepared.
Who will be invited? What about the food – that has to be bought. (with Dad’s assistance).
Before too long, Meena realises that this grown-up business isn’t all easy or fun.
And as for the party? Perhaps best not to expect too much
and just go with the flow …
The author’s skill at appreciating and portraying the spirit of adventure young children have in this wryly humorous story of the ups and downs of childhood is superbly presented in both her playful narrative and illustrations. Both exude warmth and understanding while her protagonist is an absolute delight – determined and resourceful, and ready to capitalise on whatever situation she finds herself in.