Barbapapa's Voyage by Annette Tison and Talus Taylor

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Barbapapa's Voyage by Annette Tison and Talus Taylor

Category: For Sharing
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Louise Jones
Reviewed by Louise Jones
Summary: Lonely Barbapapa searches the world for a Barbamama to share his life with.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: November 2013
Publisher: Orchard
ISBN: 9781408330722

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In Barbapapa, we were introduced to a friendly, pink, shape-shifting blob who used his special talents to help the local townsfolk, who hailed him as the new town hero. However, despite having lots of human friends, our pink protagonist is looking decidedly off-colour at the beginning of this sequel. It seems that being the only one of your species is a pretty lonely affair and poor Barbapapa is longing for a Barbamama to share his life with.

But where does one find a Barbamama? Apparently, they are quite rare. Barbapapa and his human friends Francois and Cindy embark on a voyage that will take them all the way around the world and beyond in search of this elusive creature. Of course, the solution to their predicament is much closer to home than they all realise.

This is a lovely book and like the original, is full of pictures brimming with funny little details, giving the reader something new to discover each time. I enjoyed seeing the creative ways that Barbapapa tackled the obstacles that they encountered on their journey, including a broken bridge, a sinking ship and a trip into outer space. The ending is lovely and paves the way for plenty of future books with the arrival of the seven adorable Barbababies.

I have one slight criticism of the book and that is due to the way that it has been translated. Some of the phrases in the book can seem a little strange, even though they are grammatically correct. For example, one page says: The successful man thought they might find a Barbamama on a small farm where a man worked happily on the land. It just seems a bit of a mouthful.

My little boy really enjoyed the book and especially liked learning the names of the shape-shifting Barbababies, who all have different personalities. My son liked Barbazoo, the animal-lover, whereas I was quite fond of Barbalala, who can change her body into different musical instruments. I hope that we see lots more of the babies in the next few books.

To learn more about Barbapapa's origins, read the original.

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