Review | Isla Fisher’s Children’s Books

We were sent the books for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Isla Fisher has been one of my favourite actresses for as long as I can remember. Not only did I love her in Home and Away but she also stars in the film adaptation (Confessions of A Shopaholic) of one of my favourite series of books and she also stars in the incredible first Now You See Me film – seriously….if you haven’t seen it, go watch it! I also remember owning both of her 90’s novels, Bewitched and Seduced By Fame when I was younger so you could definitely say I was a huge fan!

When I was contacted asking if Jack would like to review her children’s book series, I think I was probably most excited. Jack is a little bookworm and is starting to branch out into slightly longer books so these seemed perfect to keep his love of reading alive.

 

Isla has so far released three children’s books – all in the same series. These are Marge In ChargeMarge and the Pirate Baby and Marge and the Great Train Rescue – you can order them from Amazon here {affiliate link}. The series is about an unruly babysitter and each book is divided into three stories.  Isla said she wrote the books for her kids “just to have a laugh with them”.

So what did we think?

David Baddiel describes the series as ‘Charming, funny and delightful‘ and I would have to agree. From the very first page of the very first book, Jack was hooked. The characters are described so well and he gasped when Marge took her hat off to reveal her long multi-coloured hair. I think every child dreams of an unruly babysitter who lets them do what they want that their parents would never let them do and Marge certainly is mischievous!

The illustrations really help the books come to life too. These are well drawn and really convey what the text says. With each book containing three stories, they are long enough to keep the child entertained but short enough not for them to get tired. A story a night is perfect!

Jack loves the character of Marge – he thinks she is incredibly funny and yes, he would like a babysitter like her! He thinks he is more like Jemima than Jakeypants but thinks the character of Jake is very funny too. When I asked for his thoughts on the series, he said ‘Good….No, BRILLIANT!‘ and I can tell he is a big fan already. Here’s hoping there is more in the series as Isla Fisher has created some fantastic characters who we can’t to read more about – even Olivia has been enjoying listening to us reading the stories!

We are definitely impressed with these books and these make a great addition to Jack’s bookshelves. What have you or your children been reading recently?

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