Good Reading : August 2015
GOOD READING AUGUST 2015 67 Fuzz McFlops Eva Furnari The rabbit, Fuzz McFlops, celebrated author and poet, is a recluse. He has uneven ears. Having suffered a lot of bullying as a child, as well as strange appliances intended to stretch the smaller ear, he now avoids the company of other rabbits. He’s known for his melancholic stories and verses such as ‘The Withered Carrot’ and ‘The Back to Front Princess’. Then he begins to receive letters – in a lavender envelope and tied with a purple r ibbon – from an enthusiastic fan, Charlotte, who is determined to cheer him up.When Charlotte sends Fuzz a postcard asking for his help, Fuzz finally ventures outside and takes the steps towards happiness. Furnar i has had over 60 books published in Brazil and she has won numerous awards, but this is the first to be translated into English. The combination of fun illustrations, different fonts, interesting explanations, and the charming character of the sad and lonely Fuzz, makes for a delicate, delightful story.The message? We all have things that make us unique; our attitude will determine how happy we are. ★★★ Pushkin Children’s Books $14.99 Reviewed by Wendy Noble Age guide 9+ The Impossible Quest: The Beast of Blackmoor Bog Kate Forsyth In The Beast of Blackmoor Bog, the third book in ‘The Impossible Quest’ series, Sebastian, Quinn, Elanor and Tom are heading south from their home, Wolfhaven Castle, running from the wicked Lord and Lady Mortlake. They are searching for the four mythical beasts that Arwen, the wise woman, has promised them would restore their home to Elanor’s father. With everyone from the castle dead or imprisoned, the four friends know that the fate of everyone they love rests on their shoulders. Sebastian and Elanor decide to go to Crowthorne Castle to ask for help. Quinn and Tom stay out on the moors, unaware that there is a monster lurking nearby. Unfortunately, things don’t go to plan. Lady Ravenna, of Crowthor ne Castle, has some dark secrets and the children find themselves in grave danger. This ser ies is faintly reminiscent of The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan, except it’s pitched at a slightly younger readership. The four children are brave and resourceful, and it helps that Tom has a griffin to help him, and Quinn has a magical pendant that gives her advice. (If only she would listen!) It is a delightful mix of magic, adventure, courage and friendship. There is also an interactive website – www. theimpossiblequest.com – which has competitions and other fun things for fans to discover. ★★★★ Scholastic Australia $14.99 Reviewed by Wendy Noble Age guide 8+ YOUNGER READERS WOM word of mouth promised them would restore their home it’s pitched at a slightly younger readership. The four children are brave and resourceful, and it helps that Tom has a griffin to help him, and Quinn has a magical pendant that gives her advice. (If only she would listen!) It is a delightful mix of magic, adventure, courage and friendship. There is also an interactive website – theimpossiblequest.com has competitions and other fun things for fans to discover. ★★★★ Scholastic Australia $14.99 RATINGS ★ ★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★ RG About Kate Forsyth Kate Forsyth has kept a secret diary since she was 12 years old, after reading Anne Frank’s A Diary of a Young Girl. She now has a whole shelf of diaries lined up in her study. Read more on page 32 of this issue.