Indigo Pickle-Smith, 11 years and two months old, is a frustrated young inventor. His creations have livened up the sleepy village of Topsy-on-the-Wibble, but they've been just a little too lively for `the Colonel', a reluctant `guinea-pig' of an uncle, who's had to road-test all his crazy projects to date.
Could Indy's breakthrough as an inventor lie in The Pickle-Smith Trunk-Warmer? It's a fluffy thermal sock designed to protect elephants' trunks from the bitter cold - an ideal accessory for any jumbo with a passion for skiing. Road-testing the product with the pet elephant of the village's most unpleasant boy does not go well, but maybe help lies further afield. And so, Indy embarks on a trip to Africa in the hope of finding a willing elephant prepared to try out the trunk-warmer - but will the journey be in vain?
James Daniel's book is not only an imaginative story, entertainingly and amusingly told, but is also a feast for the eyes, thanks to drawings, maps, diagrams and newspaper mock-ups, for which Daniel collaborated with illustrator Gavin Brearey. Fittingly inventive, The Pickle-Smith Trunk-Warmer is enormous fun for children and adults alike, and an ideal gift for Christmas.
TPSTW is a ripping yarn for pre-12 children telling (hopefully only the first installment of) the story of Indigo 'Indy' Pickle-Smith. Indy is a serial inventor of such impressive gadgets as the Pickle-Smith Alien-Translator TM, and the Pickle-Smith Kung-Fu-Matic Robot TM. This story focuses on his fight to get recognition for the Pickle-Smith Trunk-Warmer, a design to prevent elephants from getting trunk frost when skiing. Despite attention from the vile Hugo, cannibals in Africa and a cat on a hang-glider Indy......but that would be giving the story away wouldn't it :-).