Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life by Sue Cheung – Book Review

Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life by Sue Cheung – Book Review

Maddy Yips Guide to Life by Sue Cheung

Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life

Author – Sue Cheung
Publisher – Andersen Press
Pages – 256
Released – 5th August 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1839130496
Format – ebook, paperback
Rating – 4 Stars
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A madcap new story from Sue Cheung, winner of the Diverse Book Award, filled with belly-laughs and packed with drawings! Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Sam Wu.

Maddy Yip is perfectly happy in life, until she realises that everyone she knows has a talent – except for her! Maddy is determined to change that, with the help of her brothers, bewildered grandad and her best friend Dev. There are disastrous attempts at breakdancing and playing the recorder, revolting cakes, and a magic disappearing trick that ends up with an escaped guinea pig. Will Maddy ever find her true calling?

Review by Stacey

Maddy Yip is a young girl who comes from a family of talented people. They have a trophy cabinet but there are none of hers in it. She decides that she is going to discover what she is good at and set out with her best friend Dev to try different things until she finds one she excels at.

Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life is a fun middle-grade novel that contains plenty of hilarious and often slap-stick moments as Maddy tries to discover what her very hidden talent could be. It has amazing, funny illustrations throughout and each chapter is a different day in her life, though it is not in diary format.

When I first started the book I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it as the first chapter didn’t grab me. I don’t fully understand why, I am used to reading middle-grade books so the age thing shouldn’t have been an issue but it came across as Maddy was a lot younger than she is in the first chapter and there was nothing in the plot to make me want to continue, yet as I was reviewing the book I did. It would seem it is just the first chapter that is the issue as after that I enjoyed it immensely and flew through the pages.

The story is a lot of fun and the pace felt fast throughout. It is filled to the brim with amusing moments and characters, including Maddy’s Grandfather who eats coasters. It has lots of action, mainly failed talent attempts, but action nonetheless.

After the success of her previous novel ‘Chinglish‘ which I adored, author Sue Cheung has written another amazing children’s book that I can see kids giggling along with, and quite possibly trying out some of the ‘talents’ for themselves.

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Sue Cheung Maddy Yips Guide to Life

Sue Cheung was born in the Midlands and spent her early years clowning about and busily scribbling and drawing. At the age of 16 she seized her chance to become an artist by winning a scholarship to the London College of Fashion. Later, Sue went into advertising and worked her way up to Art Director.

She now freelances as a designer from her home in Bournemouth, where she writes and illustrates children’s books. She also writes under the name of Sue Pickford.

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4 Responses

  1. This looks awesome. Thanks for sharing a middle grade read with me.

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    I remember feeling just like that as a kid

  3. Thank you Kate. It really is a fab book and I think you would love it.

  4. Thank you DJ, I know right!!