Thursday, 25 September 2014
Review: Dragon Jelly by Claire Freedman and Sue Hendra
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Large paperback
Released: September 25th, 2014
Max is having a MONSTER party. They play all sorts of yucky games then cool down in a fruitbat drool paddling pool! Then it's tea-time, with termite tarts, ear-wig rolls and eyeball birthday cake. But the REAL treat is the red-hot dragon jelly!
My favourite little monster Max and his friends are back in Dragon Jelly, sequel to last year's Spider Sandwiches. This time, Max is having a monster party and all his little monster pals are invited to a feast filled with disgusting dishes!
There's all sorts of ingenious items on the menu at Max's party, including earwig rolls, cockroach crisps and eyeball birthday cake. Anything a bit yucky you can think of with insects mixed in is exactly what Max and co. like to eat. I don't know about you but it all makes me feel a bit queasy... Still, monsters love their insects and I think everything Claire Freedman has concocted is quite brilliant (if a bit horrible as well!). I'm sure younger readers will be mesmerised by everything Max eats, and no doubt it'll lead to a few innocent earwigs being taken hostage!
My favourite part of this picture book is what's waiting in the goody bags at the end of the monster party. I want one! Sue Hendra's many illustrations are as brilliant as ever, and Claire Freeman's rhyming text makes for a very fun book indeed. Dragon Jelly is one of those picture books that's just really good to read, happy and bright with some great ideas and a memorable main character. Here's hoping we'll see Max again soon!