Sophie Dahl’s first foray into children’s writing is a charming confection, as winningly eccentric as her grandfather’s work was gleefully grotesque. With typically stylish illustrations from Lauren O’Hara, this tale of gently suspicious characters at a coastal resort is a beautifully judged debut.
“Pairing Dahl with O’Hara is a masterstroke. Her painterly images are colourful and chic but mysterious, just like Madame Badobedah, whose life story, refreshingly, is never fully revealed.”
Imogen Carter, OBSERVER