Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is at again in Mini-Shopaholic, and this time she has a partner in crime – little Minnie Brandon, her two year old daughter. Filled with escapades at Santa’s Grotto (they’re banned), a Super Nanny (Minnie may have behavior problems), a financial crisis, and a surprise birthday party for Luke, Mini-Shopaholic is more of the same in Becky’s world and that’s not a bad thing.
Amidst their happiness at finally being able to move out of the Bloomwood home, the Bank of London collapses and Becky can think of no better way to cheer everyone up than to throw Luke a surprise party, despite the fact that he rarely celebrates his birthday. Any fan of the Shopaholic series can see where this is going. Becky, as usual, ends up in a huge mess (mostly) of her own making. From bartering for party supplies to lying about plastic surgery to keep the party a secret, she is the Becky that readers know and love and, of course, manages to come out of the situation unscathed. In Mini-Shopaholic, the reader is treated to guest appearances from several characters from previous installments, including Becky’s hilarious designer friend (and Godfather to Minnie) Danny. There is another surprise character that readers may not be expecting to see who returns in a touching way.
The sixth book in Sophie Kinsella’s series is everything that a faithful reader would expect. Minnie’s baptism scene alone is worth the price of the book. I cannot wait to see how Becky (and Luke and Minnie) fare in their next adventure, which Kinsella alludes to at the end.