You, Me and Thing 4: The Mummy That Went Moo by Karen McCombie
|You, Me and Thing 4: The Mummy That Went Moo by Karen McCombie|
|Category: Emerging Readers|
|Reviewer: Ruth Ng|
|Summary: Another rollicking romp of silliness galore as this time Thing wangles his way onto a school trip to the local museum.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 144||Date: April 2013|
|Publisher: Faber and Faber|
|External links: Author's website|
Do you remember Thing? Yes, that's right, he's that funny little creature who's a bit like a troll or a fairy or a squirrel or a, well, a something and he lives in the woods at the bottom of Ruby's garden. Ruby and Jackson became friends thanks to discovering Thing, and now they try to take care of him as best they can, and keep him out of trouble if at all possible. Unfortunately with Thing's wayward magical powers it isn't always easy to do!
I do like these stories. They're very silly, but it's always good to have some silliness in your life I think. I like that the stories are always easy to read, crack along at a good pace, and have plenty of humour. Most of the humour comes from Thing, of course, but also from Ruby and Jackson's relationship too. This time around I particularly liked Ruby's fumbled explanations to her mum as to why she was taking raw mushrooms out into the garden as a snack for her and Jackson!
In this story, Thing is feeling a bit bored. He manages to talk his way into a trip to the museum with Ruby and Jackson, and of course that's just asking for trouble. Ruby is actually hopeful, before they leave, that they'll be able to control Thing's magical powers. Unfortunately things don't work out quite as planned, and when some naughty boys from another school are causing trouble it isn't long before Thing is involved too!
This time, being in a museum, the 'trouble' involves mummies and old arrow heads and, erm, mooing baboons! I know, sounds unlikely, and you'll have to read it to find out what happens! There are some lovely illustrations again from Alex T Smith and these help the story along. I like Thing's big bush baby eyes, and Alex is very good at capturing the expressions of the children as various events happen. The format with these stories is always the same, with Thing coming along on some outing with the children and then some trouble happening thanks to Thing's uncontrollable magical powers but I don't think the books suffer for this repetition, and really whenever I pick one up to read to my daughter I'm just waiting to see how things will pan out for the characters this time and rather enjoy the expectation of knowing something bad is going to happen but not quite knowing what it will be this time!
These are great stories for bedtime sharing since they're split into short chapters, or they also work well for those developing their reading skills to sit down and read by themselves. Another fun read, and if you haven't read the earlier adventures I do urge you to check them out!
If you want to go back to the beginning to read about Thing from the start then here's the book you need You, Me and Thing: The Curse of the Jelly Babies by Karen McCombie You might also like to check out Alex T. Smith's book Claude in the City.
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