Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella Story Snug

Harper And The Scarlet Umbrella by Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson

Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella is a magical adventure which celebrates the power of music and the arts.

The Story: All the cats in the City of Clouds, including Harper’s beloved cat Midnight, have gone missing. With the help of a magical scarlet umbrella, her friend Nate with his pet wolf, Smoke, and her friends from the Tall Apartment Block where she lives, Harper sets out to solve the mystery. They discover that the Wild Conductor has kidnapped the cats to play in his orchestra. A series of adventures follow during which Harper and Nate come up with a plan to rescue all the cats and return them to the City of Clouds. But the Wild Conductor is as determined to keep the cats as Harper is to save them…

We really enjoyed the originality of this story with its cast of colourful characters who were, in their different ways, involved in music, literature and the performing arts. Harper is a strong determined heroine but the help and support of visually impaired Nate and his wolf Smoke play an important part in her rescue plan. The inclusion of so many different instruments in the story, including a reference to the sections of an orchestra, provided a fantastic learning experience and gave my daughter an introduction to more unusual instruments including the mandolin and the ukulele.

Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella is a joy to read aloud, the mystery and tension keep you reading and the text is as lyrical as the music in the story. The shiny silver cover sparkles with the snowflakes that play a role at the end of the book and there are so many fantastic illustrations that it is difficult to choose a favourite. I love the picture of Liesel, Harper and Nate’s neighbour, standing before a door that says Keep Out and my daughter spent ages poring over the wonderful double page spread that shows the cats playing in the orchestra.

Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella is a small hardback book that’s the perfect size (and colour!) for a Christmas stocking.

Age Range: 7 +

Author: Cerrie Burnell / Illustrator: Laura Ellen Anderson

Thank you to Scholastic for sending us a copy of this beautiful, beautiful book.

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8 responses to “Harper And The Scarlet Umbrella by Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson”

  1. Colette B avatar

    What a beautiful story! My kid are already obsessed with umbrellas without them being magical 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a gorgeous story – perfect for umbrella obsessed children 🙂

  2. Raising Mighty Girls avatar

    Oh I might just get this one. My daughters and I blog book reviews so this would make a beautiful read and lovely to write about too. Thanks for the recommendation. #pocolo

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a really lovely story and very original.

  3. Verily Victoria Vocalises avatar

    Grace loves reading and she loves cats so this sounds like the perfect book for her! I will certainly add it to her list. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

    1. Catherine avatar

      Harper And The Scarlet Umbrella would make a lovely Christmas present 🙂

  4. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) avatar

    What an amazing book! I love the cover and my son is starting to read longer books though he is only 5. I wonder if this would appeal to him. #pocolo

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a fantastic story unlike any story I have ever read before and there’s a lot of mystery to appeal to a wide range of readers.