My enormous thanks to Denise Drew for sending me a copy of her children’s story The Adventures of Jilly and June in India in return for an honest review. Having been to India recently I was delighted to read this one!
Part of Denise’s books inspired by her travels, The Adventures of Jilly and June in India is available for purchase here.
The Adventures of Jilly and June in India
Jilly is a young girl who lives with her mother June and Jimmy the ginger tom cat. Their home is no ordinary house, but a magical flying that takes them on many hilarious adventures. Where do they go? Join them, and read to find out what happens when they arrive at the Taj Mahal and end up Bollywood dancing.
My Review of The Adventures of Jilly and June in India
Jilly and June set sail in their house and head to India.
The Adventures of Jilly and June in India is a smashing way to introduce children to another culture and country.
Firstly children will be captivated by the idea of simply putting in the coordinates and ‘sailing’ away in their own house to have many adventures. I can see this leading to several discussions about where they might like to travel so that The Adventures of Jilly and June in India is educational as well as entertaining.
I liked the fact that there is plenty of story to share so that The Adventures of Jilly and June in India would make a really good bedtime book. It’s a book that can be shared with an adult or read independently so that is has longevity and would reward more than one reading. With Jilly and June appearing to be mother and daughter, status is given to single parent families too which I feel is very worthwhile.
However, what I think works best in The Adventures of Jilly and June in India is the way in which children are presented with new experiences from the Indian culture, from attending an Indian wedding, wearing a sari and riding in a Tuk Tuk, through visiting the Taj Mahal to Bollywood dancing and trying new foods. There’s humour too making the book fun to read.
I think children aged 5-9 will find much to enjoy in The Adventures of Jilly and June in India.
About Denise Drew
Denise Drew was born in Liverpool in 1970. She has raised her daughter, as a single parent, since her daughter was two years old. Never deterred by being a one parent family, Denise worked full time, provided a loving home and continued life in a strong and positive light. As a small family, they were lucky enough to have holidays every year and this led Denise to dream of writing adventure stories about her and her daughter travelling the world.
Denise would say that she would love to pick up her house and take it on holiday with her, so they could have their home comforts. What an idea! A flying house. A magical house, with sails, that flies them to “wherever takes their fancy”.