Subtitle: The Necklace and the Present
By: Libby Gleeson
Illustrated by: Freya Blackwood
Genre: YB - Picture books, activity books & early learning material
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Published: 01 Oct 2014
ISBN: 9781743315279


Cleo desperately wants a necklace.

Her parents say special presents are only for birthdays...but Cleo doesn't want to wait. In the second story, it's her mum's birthday and Cleo doesn't know what to give her - until she has the best idea of all.

Delightful, warm and irresistible, these stories show how a little girl with a big imagination can always find a way to have fun.

Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood have collaborated on a number of much-loved and award-winning picture books, including Amy and Louis and Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine House.


There are two delightful stories in this book!

The thing that shines through both stories for me is the caring, free-spirit that is Cleo. She is a little girl who doesn’t always seem to conform to a ‘girly’ stereotype and this is what makes her so special and unique.

In both of the stories Cleo uses her imagination to solve the dilemma that she is facing. Her first dilemma is that she doesn’t have a necklace like all the other girls at the party. Her second dilemma is trying to think of something for her Mum’s birthday!

With wonderful colour illustrations throughout that give it the feel of a picture book, but with more in depth text this will help readers make the transition to novels, and your emerging girl readers will love the stories.

Reviewed by Sam