Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Review: All About Pumpkin [The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby #3] by Natasha Farrant


Title: All About Pumpkin
Author: Natasha Farrant
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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby #3
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 3rd September 2015
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
It's the summer holidays and Flora has gone off with Dad to the exotic set of his new film and Mum is at home having a much-needed rest with baby Pumpkin. Bluebell, Twig and Jas have been sent to stay with Grandma at Horsehill in the countryside.

With Grandma keen that the children get as much fresh air as possible, they are sent off on bikes to go wild swimming and befriend the boys next door. With so much freedom, they can't help but get into trouble, and Grandma doesn't seem to be as capable as looking after them as she should be...
My Thoughts
Pumpkin (William) is the newest addition to the Gadsby family, but his arrival and subsequent presence in the family puts a spanner in the works. After an accidental mishandling of Pumpkin (a.k.a a small drop) by Twig, Mum has made the decision to send the youngest Gadsbys to thier Grandma's by themselves while she rests, and while Flora and Dad are away in New Zealand, filming.

Bluebell, Twig, and Jas are spending the summer in Devon like they do every year, but for Bluebell, this isn't the year she thought everything would be back to normal, half the family is missing, and the time spent at Grandmas just isn't the same. All About Pumpkin is a very aptly named book, as although Pumpkin isn't around much, he is on everyone's minds. Whether they are missing him and worried he will forget about his siblings, or that they are worried he is a replacement for the sibling they lost, or just a replacement for a child that they already have. He takes up a lot of thier Mums time, and when they do get chance to talk it is all about Pumpkin.

Lizzie, and her son, Skye, are Grandma's nearest neighbours. With Skye, and his cousin Ollie, helping Grandma, the Gadsby's will be seeing a lot of this duo. Bareback horse riding, swimming in streams, and accidents galore, this summer is set to be an adventurous one. Bot everything is perfect, and signs start to appear to indicate the Grandma hasn't fully recovered from her fall, about halfway though the book it had to be one of the saddest parts of the book so far that I had read. I cried with what was happening and what was being experienced. But I was so proud of Bluebell for being the strong one for finding help and making sure her siblings were OK.

All About Pumpkin was exactly what I expected from Natasha Farrant, but also from the Gadsby family. I loved getting to join this family again, and although they are divided, the adventures, the mischief, the usual antics somehow end up being even more impressive, and dangerous. I loved the setting this book is told in, it's picturesque scenery, old rambling house, and of course, the horses. The friendships they make with some characters seem like they would stand the test of time, while others were only in it for the moment. I liked how it all ended, how this huge plan of deception was made, but fit in perfectly with the characters it involves, and makes for happy families all round.

Final Verdict
This series has been unputdownable from the very first book, and although All About Pumpkin has a final note in it, I would never turn down another addition to this series. This family will entertain readers of all ages, and the children are sure to inspire younger readers with ideas of adventures they can get up to.

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