I was at the recent launch of Ella Kazoo will NOT go to sleep so I was fortunate to see the book read aloud by Lee Fox and performed by a talented group of actors including the author’s own daughter.

Young readers were introduced to the lively and lovable Ella Kazoo in Ella’s adventure, Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair and it seems that this young lady has plenty more antics up her sleeve.

One of the things I like about Ella Kazoo is that she’s not nasty or very naughty, she is just busy and has a mind of her own, like most kids her age.

Everyone in the household has settled down to sleep, but Ella is wide awake and ready for adventure.  She will do almost anything to get out of going to bed. She wants a drink, she listens to music, she plays dressups – anything to stop herself from falling asleep. It’s up to Captain Shut-eye to try and change her mind.

Author Lee Fox launched this book in front of about 70 kids (many who were dressed as pirates in the theme of the book) and they were enthralled by the story, giggling and shouting out from start to finish.

With the humour and action Ella Kazoo will NOT go to sleep, it’s easy to see why it keeps young readers engaged. Ella is such a ‘real’ character too. Kids can really relate to her humour and sense of fun.

Once again, I loved the illustrations by Cathy Wilcox.  Her pictures are full of fun detail like Ella’s free-spirited hair which matches her personality and the book Mum carries around in her dressing gown pocket, “Peaceful Getaway Holidays”.

Both the text and pictures  in Ella Kazoo will NOT go to sleep have action and expression to carry the story along.

I can’t wait to see what Ella Kazoo gets up to next. Ella Kazoo will NOT go to sleep is a picture book for young readers published by Lothian Children’s Books.

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Dee White

Dee White lives with her husband and two sons in a small rural country town which has more kangaroos than people. She has worked as an advertising copywriter and journalist and has had numerous career changes because until recently, writing wasn’t considered to be a proper job. Letters to Leonardo, her first novel with Walker Books Australia, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim.