Saturday, October 6, 2018

Craft Idea and The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary by Martii Maclean

by Martii Maclean
Illustrated by Sharon Clark
Middle Grade Adventure

One gutsy eleven-year-old, a cool beach town, a hilarious crew of friends and oodles of adventures.
Once upon a beach, there was a girl called Isabelle Necessary. A girl with an unusual name and a rather extraordinary life. She roams around a sleepy beach town with her loyal team of friends.  Follow Isabelle, Tammy, David, Nin, Draino the cat and Champ the wonder dog as they navigate one sticky situation after another and figure out how to turn a frog into a movie star, deal with a never-ending milkshake and escape being trapped in a lighthouse.
The type of book that brings back childhood memories and captures the essence of being a free-spirited kid.
Perfect for teachers and educators as the book comes with a teacher’s resource guide and student maker kit by Isabelle Necessary herself. Middle-grade reading level.
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The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary is filled with tales of Isabelle’s amazing adventures and creations. Below is a craft activity inspired by chapter ten, “Isabelle and the Great Lighthouse Mishap.” 

For more craft activities inspired by the book, get your copy of The How to do Fun Stuff Book, a free guide written by Isabelle Necessary herself. It can be downloaded from the author website here (insert hyperlink:

I’ve had so many adventures with my friends
at Saggy Beach that I thought I’d write a book
and share all the fun stuff with you.

Sometimes I’m not sure how to do something,
so I ask one of the oldies in the retirement village.
They know loads of amazing things and they are very happy to help and lend me all kinds of cool equipment.

If you’re not sure how to do some of the fun stuff in my book then ask someone to teach you.

Always remember to ask before you borrow things and say thank you, it’s just the right thing to do.

~Making semaphore flags for secret messages~

Semaphore signal chart

Making flags: (you will need a set for you and your friend)

     Get two sticks or rulers
     Get a piece of bright coloured paper and fold it in half.
     Cut it down the fold.

     Use sticky tape to stick the paper onto each ruler 

Sending messages:

     Move away from you friend and send them a short message.
     Get them to write it down then you can run and check if you got it.
     Takes turns at sending and checking.

Always remember,
trying new things fills your life
with amazing adventures.
-Isabelle Necessary

And here she is...

Martii Maclean lives in a tin shack by the sea, catching sea-gulls which she uses to make delicious pies, and writing weird stories. She likes going for long bicycle rides with her cat, who always wears aviator goggles to stop her whiskers blowing up into her eyes as they speed down to the beach to search for mermaid eggs. Or how about this…
Martii Maclean writes fantastical, adventurous tales for children and teens and sometimes adults. She was born in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Brisbane with her husband Trevor and her cat Minerva. Her work as an educator and librarian, allows her to share her love of stories and of story-telling with many young people. This inspires Martii to create thought-filled stories that explore the wonderful world of ‘what if’. Find out more about Martii and her stories at

Social Media Links –
Twitter: @MacleanMartii

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