Review: Lola Dutch is a Little Bit Much

Meet Lola Dutch, a delightfully creative girl who is bursting with grand ideas.

From the best ways to serve breakfast — an elegant feast! — to the ideal sleeping spot — a majestic blanket fort, of course! — Lola is inspired all day long.

Her dear companion Bear sometimes says she is just too much, but Lola is rich with imagination and originality, which even Bear will agree is AMAZING.The unstoppable Lola Dutch is about to show you how to make every day grand and full of fun. You’ll love her so much!

Inspired by their own four gorgeously feisty children, Sarah Jane and Kenneth Wright are thrilled to introduce the unstoppable Lola Dutch and her fresh, fun, commercial, character-driven series.

Children who adore characters like Olivia, Eloise and Fancy Nancy are sure to fall in love with the irrepressible Lola Dutch. Lola doesn’t do things by half measure. Why just have a boring old breakfast like tea and toast when you can have crepes with lashings of whipped cream,  pastries with hot cocoa and marshmallows, or grits with gravy? Every activity can be made more exciting, more colourful, and more fun!

But when it’s time to go to bed, Lola realizes that sometimes less really is more.

Lola Dutch is a Little Bit Much is an absolutely stunning book, and features some clever nods to famous works of art in a style that’s reminiscent of the classic Olivia books, though without the subtle subversion of that porcine heroine.

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Lola is brimming with ideas, but thankfully nothing ever seems to spin out of control – Lola handles every situation with admirable aplomb, which allows the book to deftly skirt any sort of heavy-handed moral about being “realistic” or “keeping things simple”, or in other words, being boring, as Lola would most certainly see it. The book makes it clear that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being “a little bit much”, as long as you’re too much all the time.

If the artwork seems familiar, it might be because Sarah Jane Wright illustrated the utterly charming baby book I Heart You, written by Meg Fleming. There’s no denying that the artwork in Lola Dutch is a Little Bit Much is spectacular – I particularly love Lola’s flapper hairstyle, which I had myself for most of the youth!

Lola Dutch is a Little Bit Much is a beautiful, colourful picture book that’s sure to to delight, and is the first in a project series of four books.

Lola Dutch is a Little Bit Much

Hardcover, 40 pages
January 30, 2018 : Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: Raincoast Books

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