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Manfred the Baddie Hardcover – 2 Oct 2008
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The art of the comic book is put to rich use in this picture book, where there is a complex interweaving of words and pictures …. Brilliant sequence of antics that children will pore over - Books for Keeps. (Books for Keeps)
If it is the fall-out from bad behaviour you are looking for, look to Manfred the Baddie - Daily Telegraph. (Daily Telegraph)
...The illustrations are sublime. Each page is almost book in itself, presenting something new to look at every time. And the sting in the tale is perfect - Hampstead & Highgate Express. (Highgate Express)
Fardell is making a remarkable multi-pronged foray into the world of literature … a gloriously colourful adventure - Scotland on Sunday. (Scotland on Sunday)
Kidnapping inventors, stealing from art museums, conducting acts of piracy on the high seas. Will Manfred ever learn his lesson? He is even nasty to his own henchmen!See all Product description
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Of the three books, I think that character of Manfred is John Fardell's finest creation. The "criminal" deeds he gets up to are really amusing and the contraptions used to pursue his policy of evil are wonderul, Heath Robinson style machines. Elsehwere, there are amusing references to several famous paintings such as Munchs' "The scream" and the "Mona Lisa" which are typical of Fardell's excellent illustrations which yield more upon closer inspection. There is certainly an element of James Bond villain about Manfred but he gets his just desserts when he gets a cold which keeps him in bed and no one wants to help him. Like all good children's books, this prompts a sea-change and after receiving his medicine, he becomes Manfred the Goody and embarks on some philanthropic activities. I love the way that Fardell stresses this change with Manfred's new attire. That really made me smile!
Of course, being a John Fardell book, the ending does have an amusing naughty twist which is the icing on the cake in another brilliant book by this author. There is nothing for adults to fear in any of his books but they are all the better for not being twee like so many kid's books. For my money, Fardell is by far the best children's book writer around today and, as a bonus, he has remained true to his "Viz" roots with a sense of humour that will bring a wry smile to adults as well. I like "Jeremiah the jellyfish" and the brilliant "The day Louis got eaten" too but Manfred is the mut's nuts as they might have said in Roger Mellie's prophanosaurus.
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