The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife is by Maz Evans and illustrated by Chris Jevons.
Scarlett Fife has BIG FEELINGS. And when she has BIG FEELINGS, they explode out of her like an over-squeezed stress ball.
Scarlett’s in big trouble after a BIG FEELINGS episode leads to a runaway hamster getting into the vicar’s trousers at her aunty’s engagement party. If she loses her temper ONE MORE TIME, she’s going to miss out on her trip to Mega Awesome Sicky Fun World, the best theme park on the planet.
But feelings are like slime in a party bag. No matter how much someone tells you to keep it in, it’ll always find its way out. And very soon, Scarlett notices that every time she pushes her feelings down, something explodes. Like … really, properly explodes.
It might be her teacher’s slimy green smoothie. A huge pot of purple paint. Or a massive pile of elephant poo at the zoo. And let’s hope Scarlett doesn’t get mad at Aunty’s wedding – that wedding cake is HUGE …
This was a fantastic and fun read. I truly enjoyed it and I know readers from 7 years old will love it. This book highlights that it is normal to have strong feelings whether it be anger or happiness but how we deal with these feelings are important.
The main character Scarlett was very relatable and her friends truly understood her but still tried her to manage her feelings. The illustrations added to the story and made you laugh more at the scenes that were described.
If you are looking for an enjoyable read, definitely check out this book. I don’t read a lot of middle grade books but this would be one I would read again.