WOW! This book is an absolute wonder, a mouthwateringly delicious longer-length picture book for 4+. It's beautifully written with incredibly vivid descriptive language and enticing vocabulary, a veritable hamper of brilliant simile and metaphor. The majority of these are food related: fluffy clouds like meringues, hair like a bread roll (Queen Nibble who is quiet as a mushroom) or a string of plump sausages (Queen Munch). Queen Munch who loves her food is lively, fun and colourful. Queen Nibbles is pale, like a ghost on a diet, has a special talent for making jewellery from the rain and is in need of a friend. Each Queen can learn from the other, and they become friends. The bright cheerful pictures reflect perfectly the 'foody' flavour of the text so Queen Munch's castle looks like a plump strawberry gateau and the trees are inhabited by colourful lollipop birds. If books were three dimensional, I would like to climb into this one!
on 9 July 2013
One of my favourite children's books, which I read many times to my daughter until she passed it on her younger brother. Just read it to him for the first time, and it's such a pleasure to come back to it. The text is so vivid and full of life, with some really striking metaphors - one queen's metaphors are full of food and exuberance, the other's are about silver and moon and quiet. Lydia Monks brings out the story really clearly and with great style.
It's also a story about risk and transformation, the two queens becoming quite different people by the end; and of the power of close friendship. It's quite long for a book to read to a small child, but really amazingly satisfying.
on 2 December 2005
Having studied Carol Ann Duffy's poetry for A level, and consequently become thoroughly sick of her, I was very pleasantly surprised by this book.
It's a sweet and amusing story about friendship and embracing our differences; and the illustrations are superb. I would thoroughly recommend it.