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Suitable for 7 - 9 years

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Major author Chris Higgins shows off her gift for younger comedy in this first winning and reassuring story about Mattie and the loveable (but crazy) Butterfield clan.

Nine-year-old Mattie worries so much that her brain turns into spaghetti and gets all tangled up! Which isn’t surprising. In a family as big and crazy as hers, there’s always something to worry about! Will the seeds she planted in the garden grow into fruit and veg like everyone promised? Why does it seem as if Grandma doesn’t like them sometimes? And what on earth is wrong with Mum? Fortunately, reassurance is always close at hand… The dynamics of family life are perfectly captured for younger audiences in this fantastic new series.

“Endearing… a fun, funny slice of family life.” Junior

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Hodder Children's Books

Date published

August 2nd, 2012

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.1; Middle years; 2.0 points




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What kids think

  1. girl321
    on 16 April 2014

    It is not funny at all but I sill liked it ♥

    3out of 5
  2. dishaa
    on 26 January 2014

    nice book but not so funny as i thought

    3out of 5
  3. wondergirl123
    on 1 August 2013

    i want this

    4out of 5
  4. TheMileLongBookshelfBlog
    on 8 March 2013

    Sounds like a good little read