Hilariously Relatable: Read our Review of Drum Roll Please, It’s Stevie Louise by Tanya Hennessy and Leigh Hedstrom

Hilariously Relatable: Read our Review of Drum Roll Please, It’s Stevie Louise by Tanya Hennessy and Leigh Hedstrom

Meet Stevie Louise Mason. Yes, Stevie, and NOT Steven, as everyone else likes to call her – even her own mother! She’s a spirited twelve-year-old who’s an entrepreneur, an entertainer, and an introverted-extrovert. She loves reading, English and watching musicals, and she hates olives, maths and when people say she asks too many questions.

Stevie lives in a cul-de-sac with her best friends on Brooke Street. They call themselves The Brooke Street crew and attend the same school. And today, Stevie’s going to ask the Brooke Street kids the most important question of their lives!

Stevie has a brilliant plan – an amazing idea to make money and, more importantly, make sure the Brooke Street kids stay best friends forever. But then a neighbour threatens to derail all of Stevie’s plans, and soon, real disaster strikes! But the show must go on. After all, Stevie is a professional…

Drum Roll Please, It’s Stevie Louise is a gloriously warm and funny story from multi-media sensation Tanya Hennessy. The best way to describe Stevie: an extrovert on the inside and an introvert on the outside. Stevie’s perspective is one I can read from all day. She’s witty, funny, and utterly relatable. I was drawn in from the first sentence.

I loved Hennessy’s focus on inclusion. This is shown through the variety of characters and personality types in the book, making space for readers to see themselves recognised in some way. I found myself relating to Stevie most. We’re both introverts, we enjoy reading and watching musicals, and have been embarrassed by our parents ­– but I guess that’s one thing most of us can relate to.

If Amy Schumer and Rebel Wilson had a love child, you’d get Tanya Hennessy – comedian, radio announcer, and social media sensation. In 2017, Tanya’s rising stardom was recognised when she won the Junkee Award for Breakthrough Artist, was nominated for Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year, selected to perform at Australia’s VIDCON, and won best radio documentary at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards. Talented and hilarious, Tanya is a true multi-media star.

Drum Roll Please, It’s Stevie Louise is assistive and targets readers aged 7+. Illustrations by Leigh Hedstrom are vivid enough to help readers visualise characters and emotions, but minimal enough for imaginative freedom. And Hennessy’s stylistic word choices highlight key emotions and names that help readers keep track of the storyline and characters. I can see this book becoming a must-have on every kid’s TBR list.

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    Synopsis

    A delightfully funny and deeply relatable junior fiction story from one of Australia's most loved multi-media stars. Meet Stevie Louise. She is an entrepreneur (that's like a business person), an entertainer (obviously), and an extrovert on the inside (wait, is this a thing?). Stevie has a BRILLIANT PLAN. She's going to have fun, make money, and most importantly, make sure the Brooke Street kids stay best friends forever. Then a new neighbour arrives and threatens to derail all Stevie's plans. And then real disaster strikes. But the show must go on. After all, Stevie is a professional.

    Leigh Hedstrom
    About the author

    Leigh Hedstrom

    Leigh Hedstrom is an Australian illustrator and animator based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast with 19 years of industry experience, specialising in the creation of expressive and appealing characters. After working for ten years as a commercial illustrator, Leigh made her foray into children’s picture books in 2012 and has since illustrated over a dozen published titles. From 2018 - 2020 Leigh worked as an in-house illustrator and animator for Firefly Education on the Sunshine Coast, illustrating many of their digital and physical resources, including their flagship Sound Waves spelling program. Most recently Leigh has returned to her freelance career and is focusing on picture book illustration and traditional hand drawn animation.

    Tanya Hennessy
    About the author

    Tanya Hennessy

    Tanya Hennessy is a face to watch and a voice to listen out for! Radio announcer, comedian, TV presenter and content creator... Tanya is quickly becoming known as a funny IT girl, and can currently be heard nationally on HIT FM network.

    Books by Tanya Hennessy

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