Saturday, 22 June 2013
Review: Flying Like Flittermouse by Jan Fearnley
Format: Large paperback
Released: June 3rd, 2013
The yellow teashop belonged to Etsuko hamster. She was full of kindness and made everyone welcome. Every day, Boz the Boatbuilder popped in for a pot of raspberry tea and a chat. They were best friends. One day, a mysterious stranger flew in to town. His name was Flittermouse. When Flittermouse swoops into Bottlenose Bay, he changes everybody's lives for good...
Flying Like Flittermouse is a lovely picture book about Etsuko, a hamster who longs to fly just like Flittermouse the bat who suddenly flies into town and creates quite a stir for the residents of Bottlenose Bay. It's about never giving up on what you want and persevering, even if the odds aren't in your favour!
Etsuko gets help from her Bottlenose Bay friends, including beavers Boz and Boop, seagull Kurt and frog Pop Ribbet. All these animals live together and help each other, and have lots of fun while doing so - they even make a plane from scratch! Etsuko gets her wish and she zooms off into the sky, accompanied by Boz and Boop in their own plane.
This is a fabulous little story for younger readers and is accompanied by charming illustrations and a fold-out map of Bottlenose Bay. I think the illustrations are the best part of picture books, as they transport the reader to another place, no matter how young or old they are. The image of Etsuko the hamster flying through the air is sure to delight little readers, not least my next-door neighbour who I'm going to go and deliver this book to now!