Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Review: Bunny vs Monkey - Book 1 by Jamie Smart

Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Trade paperback
Released: June 5th, 2014
Rating: 8/10

Back cover summary:

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big... mechanical mole tank?! Wait, that doesn't sound right... Prepare for chicken zeppelins, the Pig-O-Tron 5000, the indestructible Action Beaver, a squirrel with passion for baking and loads more! This is good vs evil. Science vs nature. This is Bunny vs Monkey!


I have always been a comics fan so these The Phoenix Presents titles are right up my street! Bunny vs Monkey is another great book featuring many stories and some excellent characters that I won't forget in a hurry. This first volume spans January-June, and sees Bunny and Monkey cope with winter and spring. Jamie Smart's artwork is ace, his stories are funny and I'm now a bit fonder of monkeys. What more could I ask for?!

Bunny, Weenie and Pig have been living happily ever (sort of) for a while, getting up to mischief and awakening bears. Normal stuff when you live in the woods. All that changes when winter comes and some scientists launch Monkey over the hill, both them and him believing he's going to a distant planet. He arrives, starts giving out orders and tries his very best to destroy the horrible wood full of colour and flowers. Bunny isn't impressed, and so begins a feud that will span all the months of the year!

I really enjoyed this comic and all the kooky characters within its pages. Besides Bunny, Pig and Weenie the squirrel who loves to bake, there's also Le Fox, Skunky, Action Beaver and Metal Steve. Skunky is Monkey's right-hand man and causes trouble by inventing things like mechanical moles. Action Beaver is just a bonkers thrill-seeker and Metal Steve is a robot who loves water. There's a fantastic imagination behind all these characters, and I can't wait to see what happens during the months of July-December.

Bunny vs Monkey is sixty-three pages of wacky, memorable adventure. I particularly love Jamie Smart's style of art work, and he makes every one of his characters look cute and cuddly. Of course, then you get to know them and realise they're possibly a bit more on the naughty side, but that's something you'll have to discover for yourself. This is great fun from start to finish - count me in for book two!

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