I’m so excited to write a review on the fabulous forthcoming book from Laura Dockrill.
I hope you enjoy.
Author(s): Laura Dockrill (author), Sara Ogilvie (illustrator)
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Publication date: April 2020
Sequin’s mum is a talented seamstress and their little flat is overflowing with beautiful silks, fabrics, buttons and beads. It’s a sparkling sanctuary, like a princess’s wardrobe.
While Mum works at her sewing machine late into the night, Sequin takes care of her baby brother, Stitch, and dreams of a place in the spotlight for her brilliant mum. But when tragedy strikes, their shimmering world disintegrates and Sequin is forced to confront the biggest loss of all…
This was my first book by Dockrill and I can say with confidence it will not be the last.
Sequin and Stitch is a gorgeous middle-grade book about a young girl, Sequin, whose mum is a wonderful seamstress but is not recognised for her work. On top of that, Sequin doesn’t know why her mum doesn’t leave the house – ever.
What develops is a gorgeous story of love and understanding between a mother and daughter. Without being explicit, the book lightly covers topics such as grief, mental health, and bullying.
Without giving away the ending, I will say that I did not see the final pages of this story coming and what Dockrill has written is highly relevant to today’s children and society.
The final version of this book will be in a dyslexia-friendly format.
A highly emotive book that left me with a huge smile on my face. Highly recommended.
Many thanks to Barrington Stoke for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
You can support your local bookshop by buying Sequin and Stitch through them directly, or via Hive.
What do you think of Sequin and Stitch? Will you be reading it? Let me know in the comments below.
Wishing you a wonderfully bookish week,