Sunday, 13 November 2011

On the Road with Mavis and Marge by Niamh Sharkey and Go, Bugs, Go! by Jessica Spanyol.

In our library books bag this week we have On the Road with Mavis and Marge by Niamh Sharkey, which is the tale of a cow and a chicken who decide to go on a road trip. They pick up several other animals to share their journey on the way, and end up on the moon. In the end they decide that their favourite place is home (rather predictably). The pictures are great, but it feels a little like the book is trying too hard to be quirky to me. C loves it though, and, after all, perhaps I am not the target audience!

The illustrations and some of the way that the text is written reminded me of Go, Bugs, Go! by Jessica Spanyol. This is an extremely quirky book, about some bugs with eccentric names, who love driving around in various different vehicles and having crashes. Nothing about that book is designed to appeal to an adult either, but I much prefer it, as it doesn't try to be anything it is not. It appears to have gone out of print, which is a shame, but I have managed to get several out of print books recently from Amazon, of which more later.

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