Most helpful critical review
very short book
on 3 October 2014
This item was purchased to assist my Godson with a school English assignment and a Natural World assignment, it was purchased along with the film.
It is only a short story, or should I say, that from the adult point of view, it is more of an outline than a story.
I can see why the two essay that had been set were: "Write a story about bullying using either the character of Mullet Fingers, Beatrice or Roy. Ensure that you use the information in the book as a base"; and, "Write an article for a local paper about an endangered animal or bird in your area. Include any photographs you have taken" (of course the latter essay assumes that children have access to a camera and the money to get the pictures printed - but that's an argument that the teacher in question and I are going to have at a later date).
There is so much scope for use and development of these characters because they are only outlines.
The book is the basis for an unexpectedly good family film. It is a paperback with glossy pages and photo stills from the film (although the 12 year old female next door, who came round for a study session, would have liked it to have more pictures of Mullet Fingers).
The version I bought also included an unabridged audio CD of the book. Unfortunately, I found the female reader irritating, she appeared to be trying too hard to get to the "level of the child".
The CD was attached to the front cover via a poly button and plastic sticker, which means it is not safe or secure. If you were to get that version and were thinking of allowing a child to take this to school, make sure that the disc is removed otherwise you could find it in pieces at the bottom of a school bag, assuming that it hasn't been lost out of the book.
I would suggest that, if you are buying this for study, as I did for my Godson, you should ensure that you read the book first (and/or listen to the cd as well), then watch the film, otherwise you will probably be very disappointed in the book.
As an adult you'll be wondering why the book wasn't as good, especially considering the book came first.