Mango and Bambang: The Not-a-Pig by Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy is a delightful little book, filled with stories about a girl called Mango Allsorts and Bambang, an Asian tapir. Mango is a brave, clever, talented girl, but she is also lonely. It is while she is walking through town one day that she sees a commotion and goes to the aid of Bambang. Mango and Bambang become the best of friends and have lots of interesting adventures together. The stories are a joy to read and they’re very funny. I love Clara Vulliamy’s illustrations, which bring Mango and Bambang to life in shades of black, white and purple. The book is beautifully presented too, in hard-cover with gold foil and purple page edges.
These are two characters that children (especially girls) will fall in love with. Hopefully there will be more Mango and Bambang stories to look forward to. Grab a copy of Mango and Bambang: The Not-a-Pig and introduce your children to two new friends.
Here is a video of Polly and Clara talking about how they created Mango and Bambang: