I love illustrated fiction for younger readers. The illustrations add extra depth and humour to the text. There are more and more of these types of books being published, which gives newly independent readers so much choice. In my role in the library I’m always looking out for new books to promote to young readers (Years 3-5) and the Mango and Bambang series written by Polly Faber and illustrated by Clara Vulliamy is one of the best. The second book in the series, Mango and Bambang: Tapir All at Sea, was released here in NZ this month, bringing us more wonderful stories of these two friends.
Mango Allsorts is a girl good at all sorts of things, especially helping a tapir feel at home in a busy city. Bambang is that tapir and he s getting braver every day. Join then for their daring escapades, involving dogs, dancing, diamond rings and a dangerous old enemy.
Tapir All at Sea is book two in this brilliant series for younger readers.
Everyone’s favourite not-a-pig is back with more charming, funning stories in Mango and Bambang: Tapir All at Sea. This second book is just as wonderful as the first, making me love the series even more. These stories have the perfect mix of fun, laughs, silliness and adventure. They are great stories to read aloud too, so are perfect for sharing at bedtime or in class.
In Tapir All at Sea Bambang discovers the perfect hobby for him, has an accident in the park and gets caught by the dog catcher, gets kidnapped by an old foe and gets everything that he could ever dream of. Bambang is still getting used to life in the big city, so he still has his share of mishaps. Luckily he has his brave, kind friend Mango to help him out and show him the ways of city life.
Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy are a dream team. Polly’s stories are funny and witty, with a dash of adventure and suspense to keep you guessing what might happen next. She knows her audience well, but adults will also enjoy the stories (I certainly did). Clara’s illustrations bring Mango and Bambang to life. Every page is illustrated, showing us the many expressions of Bambang, from the joy of dancing with ribbons to his fear, hiding in the closet wearing his Comforting Hat. I especially love Clara’s illustrations of Cynthia Prickle-Posset. She looks like an evil version of Dame Edna.
One of the things I love the most about the Mango and Bambang books is the thought and effort that has gone into the design and production of the books. They are the perfect package, with highly appealing covers and nice extra touches, like the coloured edging and the foiled cover. All of these aspects make the books jump off the shelf and I’m sure children will be eager to get their hands on them.
Whether you’re looking for a wonderful new book for your 7-10 year old or a great read aloud for a Year 3-5 class you must grab a copy of Mango and Bambang: Tapir All at Sea. Make sure you also grab the first book too, Mango and Bambang: The Not-a-Pig.