Olive of Groves & the Great Slurp of Time by Katrina Nannestad. Illus. Lucia Masciullo
This is a madcap book with frantic action happening all the time, for primary and middle school readers who love imagination.
In the front is a list of all the characters including talking animals, circus performers and naughty Boys.
Mrs Groves is as daft as a brush but a caring soul and she runs a school for Naughty Boys, talking Animals and Circus performers and in this book an important addition of Time traveller.
Olive is the main character and she has just been elected Head Girl of Mrs Groves School. She is a lucky girl because this school is not for normal everyday girls. The school is interrupted by a knock on the door from Basil Heffenhuffenheimer a boy from the Black Forest Germany where it is bad manners to run around without pants on.
Basil is a timetraveller and he takes Olive and a couple of friends back in time to the Jurasic Age of Dinosaurs. They land in a nest of hatching dinosaurs and when they return to Mrs Groves school they discover one baby dinosaur has attached itself to someones bottom.
Catastrophe. This has caused a Time Slurp which means if the hitchiker is not returned it opens a time slurp in which other creatures can travel through. Think of the chaos.
To make matters worse there is a bully at the school – Pig Mackenzie. What will he do? Read it and find out.
Chaotically told by Katrina Nannestad with Lucia Masciullu’s illustrations enhancing the imagery of the story.