What’s New Harper Drew? by Kathy Weeks, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

Publication Date: 3 February 2022

The Blurb

Welcome to the hilarious WORLD of Harper Drew… there’s a whole lot of DRAMA, but luckily she has tried and tested methods to deal with it!

My name is Harper Drew. I’m using my new journal to take note of all the totally ridiculous things that seem to go on around me with my family and friends. I seem to be the ONLY ONE who sees this all of this stuff for what it is. Completely BEYOND normal.

Recently I’ve been logging Drew Dial Ratings for all the mayhem. On a scale of 0 to 10, how likely is someone to SAY or DO something that would be less sensible than (for example) … a demented camel?

First up is the annual Drew trip to France… and while there might not be camels, there are BATS and Llamas – and my brother Troy who is so obsessed with his hairstyle, he won’t even go swimming… that’s a whole lot of ratings. I’m just hoping I land an invite to Maisie Felix’s party when I’m back to distract me from the Drews… for one whole evening!

The Review

An absolute riot of a book celebrating the eccentricity of everyday life whether with family or friends. The first in a fabulous new series, we get to read all about Harper’s drama filled life.

The observational comedy is on point, and I loved the sheer embarrassment that accompanies every outing with Dad and the perplexing amount of time her brother spends on his daily hair routine. Love, family and friendship shine through even in tougher times for Harper when her Drew Dial is maxed out.

There is real heart beneath the humour with Harper’s determination to get a stair lift at school for life long friend, Edward who has cerebral palsy, and is in a wheel chair. Keen observation throws light on the day to day difficulties wheel chair users face in our society that doesn’t always think about everybody’s needs for inclusion.

The diary style format, combined with Aleksei’s illustrations, make this the kind of read that has you going just one more chapter – but with the amount of laughter that it’s likely to cause, not one to secretly read in bed!

Great for fans of:

  • Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
  • Completely Cassidy by Tamsyn Murray, illustrated by Antonia Miller
  • St Grizzles School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys by Karen McCombie, illustrated by Becka Moor

Huge thanks to Hachette Children’s Group for sending me a copy and inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour. Do make sure you check out all of the other stops!