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What Zola did on Friday by Author: Melina Marchetta, illustrated by Deb Hudson

Title: What Zola did on Friday

A young girl in shorts and a t-shirt with black hair holds a paint brush with green paint. There is a brown dog with orange paint on it. They are surrounded by flowers and butterflies under the title What Zola did on Friday by Melina Marchetta.

Author: Melina Marchetta, illustrated by Deb Hudson

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 30th March 2021

Format: Paperback

Pages: 96

Price: $12.99

Synopsis: From the author of Looking for Alibrandi comes this gorgeous series to engage and entertain newly independent young readers.

A wonderful children’s series celebrating community, friendship and kindness from the bestselling author of Looking for Alibrandi. Fun, heartwarming stories full of mischief and humour, sure to charm and engage newly independent young readers.

Zola loves living on Boomerang Street with her mum and her nonna. Every day of the week is an adventure. But Zola has a problem. No matter how much she tries, she can’t keep out of trouble. Like on Friday, when she and Alessandro decide to paint Nonno Nino’s little yellow boat . . .
Collect all seven stories in the series. One for every day of the week!


It’s Friday, and Zola has a new activity! Her Nonno Nino’s boat is sitting outside, and still needs to be finished, but nobody has tried. At school, Zola has been learning about colours, and her lessons at school can also help young readers learn about colours and syllables as they build on their vocabulary and reading confidence. Once Zola learns about mixing colours, she decides to tell her cousin, Alessandro – and from there, they decide to paint Nonno Nino’s old boat their favourite colours.

But Zola always finds trouble, even with the best of intentions! When the paint spills, there’s chaos inside and outside! Poor Zola!

Zola and her diverse group of friends are back, and come to life again in Boomerang Street, where she learns about all different cultures, stories, and people on Gadigal land and beyond. This is the fifth in this delightful series for early readers, who are looking for the next step in their reading journey, with beginnings that repeat a little of the first books to refresh readers and integrate what they have already read and learnt before introducing them to a new story, adventure, and characters.

This is a lovely little series and can be read by all – it is comforting read that reassures us that there is beauty, joy, and community in the world, where at the moment, there are times for many where it feels like these things may not exist. This little series is so fun, and there will be one for every day of the week, building up to a big event in Zola’s little community.

This delightful little series is one that I have been following since the beginning and will have read and reviewed all seven by the end of the month, so there’s more Zola to come. These sorts of books are fun, educational, and filled with fun and whimsy, which is something we all need at the moment. This is one of my favourite new series for younger readers by one of Australia’s most beloved authors, Melina Marchetta. Readers can go from these books to her other books when they’re older, such as the modern classic, Looking for Alibrandi. Kids books are such great reads for all ages, and at the moment, there is definitely something comforting about reading them.

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