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A Refreshing Change
on 9 June 2009
It is a truth universally acknowledged that small boys like to be read stories about vehicles. It is also true that many of these stories are reasonably dull for the adult in charge of reading them, and are just an excuse by the publisher to use a lot of stock footage of diggers and not a lot of imagination when it comes to writing about them.
This book by the author of Harry and the Dinosaurs Ian Whybrow, is an exception to the rule.
Tiger is sad because it is his birthday and frankly it has been a bit of a bust. Miss Lollipop decides to cheer him up by taking him on an adventure. They hop through different modes of transport on every page, picking up their animal friends on the way and ending in a giant birthday party for tiger, who by now has cheered up, which is no surprise.
The story rhymes and has a lovely, pacy rhythm along with the refrain of 'All Change!', which my son likes to shout at ear bleeding decibels. The illustrations by David Melling are clear and bright with just the right touches of humour. Tiger gets more and more jolly as each page progresses until he practically explodes.
There is also drama to add a lovely twist, when they accidentally hop into a whale's belly and have to get ejected through his spout, and of course, the wonderful party at the end.
This is fun to read, fun to look at and a great hit with small boys in need of their transport fix and parents who need a change from the utter dullness of Thomas the Tank Engine or Bob the Builder.