Today’s team review is from Shelley, she blogs at http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/
Shelley has been reading Monkfish Maggie and the Bungalow Stairs by Catchphrase Dan
Author: Catchphrase Dan, Illustrated by Berg Norcross
Category: Children’s Fiction
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Not your traditional children’s story but Monkfish Maggie and the Bungalow Stairs has a certain unique charm that captivates the reader.
The illustrations are beautiful and flow very well with the story; my favourite has to be ‘The End’ piece with the weathervane.
Maggie is not a child protagonist, as is normally the case in children’s fiction. Maggie is, in fact, a seventy-year-old pensioner with a passion for gardening. Her husband, Nesbitt, is her soul mate, and it’s his unexpected disappearance that starts Maggie’s journey to rescue him.
I liked her fiery spirit and determination; she sets a fine example for any child reading this book that perseverance is a good thing.
There is a light humour running through the book that will amuse children and appeal to any adult audience who might be reading along with their child. Catchphrase Dan has a certain way with words that will charm his target audience. My favourite has to be ‘hornswoggled’ and I intend to use it in a sentence every day from now on.
From an adult’s point of view, I chuckled my way through this book and stopped to appreciate the illustrations. A beautifully quirky tale that will appeal to young and old alike.
I received a copy of this book from Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team in exchange for an honest review.