Agatha Parrot and the Mushroom Boy by Kjartan Poskitt and David Tazzyman
|Agatha Parrot and the Mushroom Boy by Kjartan Poskitt and David Tazzyman
|Category: Confident Readers
|Reviewer: Sue Magee
|Summary: Another gloriously silly adventure from Agatha Parrot - and an excellent book for the emerging reader. Recommended.
|Date: February 2012
|External links: Author's website
Agatha Parrot has problems with her elder brother, James. And this is not just normal 'problems with elder brother' which every girl knows about. This is serious trouble. Just as Agatha is settling down to watch the final of her second favourite television programme, Sing, Wiggle and Shine, James snatches the television remote control and switches channels to the adverts which come on before his football programme. Without going into too much detail (Agatha will fill you in, don't worry) the results of his actions involve a large and highly decorated cake, the school fete, a birthday party and James dressing up as a mushroom. When Agatha goes for revenge she doesn't hold back.
We fell in love with Agatha (well, so long as we can hand her back to her parents each evening) in Agatha Parrot and the Floating Head and once again she's got that nice Mr Poskitt to neatly type out what she ways and his friend David Tazzyman has done some lovely drawings. They're only in black and white but they really tell you all that you need to know and add to the story.
The story is brilliant. I ricocheted along from one hilarious situation to another. It's gloriously silly, totally impossible and wonderfully believable all at once. You can just about imagine little bits of it happening but Poskitt's genius is that he can put it all together and pull you along for the ride. It's going to be eminently readable for the seven plus age group with its clear font and regular illustrations mean that there are none of those acres of text which can be so daunting to the new reader. Chapters are of a reasonable length and when the young reader gets to the end of the book there'll be a real sense of achievement because this book has a nice chunky feel. It's not one of those slim early readers, you know!
And - just to finish off all the worthy bits of information - the vocabulary has a bit of a challenge to it, but not outrageously so. The book ticks all the educational boxes but the most important thing is that this is a fun read and will do far more to encourage reading than all those worthy books we see around.
And Agatha would be pleased if you read it.
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
If you haven't read Agatha Parrot and the Floating Head you really should.
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