The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary by Martii Maclean Illustrated by Sharon Clark ** Blog Blitz and Craft Activity**

Cat and Mouse Reading welcomes Martii Maclean's The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary today. As well as telling you about the book, we have something a little bit different for you- a craft project from the Isabelle guide. 

The book is aimed at readers who are aged 9+ ( Middle Grade). 

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.

The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary is filled with tales of Isabelle’s amazing adventures and creations. Below is a craft activity inspired by chapter four, “Isabelle Necessary and the Rainy-Day Boat Races.” 

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.

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 and Racing Paper Boats~

You will need:
An A4 sheet of paper 
Paper umbrellas (optional)
A tiny captain for your boat (optional but fun)

Here is a picture of the steps to fold your boat:


Remember, if it is tricky, an older person might be able to show you how to do it. 

Racing your boat:

  • On rainy days, the gutters become tiny rivers and when you drop your boat into the running water they race off towards the drain (sometimes they go down the drain)
  • Take turns saying ‘ready-set-go’
  • Have fun

Remember not to put your favourite toy in to be the sailor, because sometimes you won’t catch your boat before it goes down the drain 

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

About the Author

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

You can follow Martii here: Twitter  |  Instagram 
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Book links:  Amazon US   |  Amazon UK


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