The Jelly That Wouldn't Wobble by Angela Mitchell and Sarah Horne

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The Jelly That Wouldn't Wobble by Angela Mitchell and Sarah Horne

Category: For Sharing
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jo Heffer
Reviewed by Jo Heffer
Summary: It's a very special occasion in the royal palace as it is Princess Lolly's 89th birthday. As part of the celebrations, the royal cook has prepared a special sumptuous jelly. It looks glorious but unfortunately it doesn't wobble. Furthermore, the jelly absolutely refuses to wobble despite everyone's best efforts. It starts to look like a complete stand-off; that is until one small boy comes up with a rather devious solution.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: May 2012
Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing
ISBN: 9781848860797

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Everyone knows that jellies are supposed to wobble but what will happen when a particularly stubborn jelly refuses to do any such thing? To make matters worse, this is the jelly that has been specially prepared for Princess Lolly's 89th birthday party. As she is the sort of princess who likes to get her own way this poses a bit of a problem. So desperate is she for her jelly to wobble though, she offers a reward of a thousand and one chocolate sovereigns for anyone who can come up with a solution. Lots of suggestions are made including prodding it with a walking stick and scaring it. However, it is the youngest guest at the party who eventually comes up with an idea that works but I'll leave you to guess what it might be!

This is a delightfully entertaining book that is bound to bring a smile and a giggle. It's a fun tale that uses wonderful descriptive language that make it a pleasure to read. This is particularly true when the jelly is described as:

rocking this way and that,
quivering and quaking,
trembling and shaking.

There's also lots of interesting things going on with the way that the text is set out especially when Princess Lolly is getting a bit cross and capitals are used to emphasise her every word. That along with bold font and some wibbling, wobbling words all add to the interest. The illustrations are thoroughly entertaining too and we really like the jelly with its expressive eyes.

My daughter loves all of the characters from the crotchety old princess to the clever smallest guest. However, her favourite has to be the defiant jelly doing its utmost not to wobble. She loves the idea that the jelly talks and is a character in its own right. You can have great fun making up voices for these different characters too.

Overall this is a very funny book that is great for sharing and reading aloud. It's one to be enjoyed by all the family.

Why not also take a look at Small Knight and George and the Royal Chocolate Cake by Ronda Armitage and Arthur Robins

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