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Code Name Bananas by David Walliams, illus. by Tony Ross. Pub. HarperCollins, 2020.

November 19, 2020 Comments off

Another great novel of madness, mayhem, laughter and fun from the man the Telegraph have said “Dahl finally has a worthy successor“. No wonder children love it. Just in time for Xmas. Parents should take a look too.

Eric is an 11 year old boy with sticking out ears and glasses who stays with his grandma. He is an orphan and it is about to get worse. His main love is visiting the zoo in Regents Park London where he has developed a friendship with Gertrude the gorilla.

He is also friends with zookeeper Uncle Sid who has tin legs because his real ones were blown off in WW1. Sid has sticking out ears too but is as kind as a person can get especially to animals.

Every night the German bombers fly over London blowing smithereens out of the city during the Blitz in WW2. The animals are terrified but Corporal Batter with his rifle and Sir Frederick Frown with his pompous upper class manners are both ready to eliminate any animal that escapes or proves a problem. Gertrude is seen as a problem and set down to be put down by the nasty Miss Gnarl and her long needle.

Eric and Sid plot to release Gertrude and what an adventure it proves to be. Read it and find out what happens. but first read the ten possible plots of how to effect the escape.

Hilariously funny with lots of true history about WW2.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

February 2, 2012 Comments off

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Pub. HarperCollins, 2012.

This is one of the loveliest stories I have read for sometime and primary children and intermediate kids will love it.

Ivan is a silverback gorilla with an artistic bent, who lives in a cage or domain as he calls it, in the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade.

He has Stella the elephant and Bob the dog to keep him company but he doesn’t know what it is like to be with other gorillas, in fact he thinks he is the only gorilla. Very sad.

He has been with Mack the arcade owner since he was captured but has other human contacts particularly Julia a young girl who gives him paper and crayons to draw.

One day a baby elephant, Ruby is brought to the Arcade and this changes all the animals lives. She inspires Ivan to remember and to question his existence and future. What happens will stir your emotions to a level few books achieve.

One of the best animal stories I have read, even though all the animals have been given human thoughts and actions. The chapters are short and the language simple so that even the most reluctant of readers could manage this book easily.

It is based on a true story and questions human’s treatment of animals in zoos. Read it you will love it