Thursday, 22 March 2012

The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith and The Getaway by Ed Vere

I am glad we got The Stinky Cheese Man from the library and didn't buy it. It looked like such a winner - whimsical fairy tales with a twist, funny pictures, interesting endpapers. However, I didn't like it, and the kids weren't sure either. The humour is very dark, and not always all that humourous. Some work; the title story raised a couple of half-hearted grins from A and C, but not belly-laughs. It promised a great deal, and delivered little.

Slightly more successful from the library haul this week was The Getaway by Ed Vere. The kids loved the illustrations, which were bold, simple animals drawn on to real photographs of slightly seedy areas. They also liked the reader involvement in the story, which always goes down well with them. I would recommend this if you see it on your library shelves.

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