Busby and Puffle are next door neighbours and good friends. Busby becomes aware that disaster is looming for Puffle, however, and so makes a series of increasingly large, seemingly bizarre and unreasonable requests. Puffle does worry that Busby is making a fool of him, but he trusts his friend completely which ultimately pays off when a portion of the cliff falls down, down, down to the deep dark rocks below. My children love this book although I did wonder why Busby was able to issue instructions but not a helping hand as poor Puffle shifts "his walls and the mice between them, his rafters and the nails in them, his bricks and the mortar between them, his floorboards and the secrets beneath them". The prose is great, descriptive and fast flowing. However, the real magic of this book is undoubtedly in the illustrations. They are colourful, detailed and humorous and the children enjoy the little touches such as the mice cheerfully struggling with removals, the dog in the bath and the birds manouvring the toilet into its new position. We also particularly love the detailed endpapers - double page pictures of the surrounding area - the first a neighbouring village (and the round-nosed shark kissing the submarine) and the second, a lighthouse and pirate ship.
This is a lively and funny picture book, perfect for a summer break on the Cornish coast!