Saturday, 25 April 2015
Review: Fuzz McFlops by Eva Furnari
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Released: April 23rd, 2015
Fuzz McFlops is one of the most famous rabbit-writers in the land, but ever since his classmates teased him about his lopsided ears at school he's led a lonely life, writing sad stories such as The Withered Carrot. Now he's started receiving some scandalous, outrageous and rather eye-catching letters from one of his fans. Who is she? And why does Fuzz's funny, too-short ear start twitching every time he replies to her shocking notes? As their correspondence continues, Fuzz McFlops begins to wonder where this tale is heading, and whether he might not discover a happy ending for once, after all...
Fuzz McFlops is a lovely little book perfect for children and adults alike. It's the tale of Fuzz McFlops, a very famous rabbit, who has lived in loneliness for most of his life. He writes sad stories with no happy endings and, thanks to being teased for having one ear shorter than the other, he fails to find the good in his imagination. After a fan starts writing to him, Fuzz realises that life can be happy after all, and that maybe he doesn't have to be so alone. If only he could find her...
This book is brilliant from start to finish, a great mix of text, stories, poems, songs and illustrations, most of which have been written and drawn by author Eva Furnari. Fuzz McFlops is a character easy to relate to, especially in his loneliness and inability to create a happy ending for himself, and I liked him instantly. Sometimes it's hard to overcome a lifetime of teasing and feeling like an outcast, but the trick is to keep trying. One day something wonderful will happen, and everything will suddenly have meaning - even if it's only to meet your soulmate or write an important story.
Fuzz McFlops is a quirky book, expertly translated to English from Portuguese. It's a fine example of how good stories from other countries and cultures can be, and it's also a really fun read with lots of educational merit. Fuzz McFlops is a rabbit character to remember, and I'm glad I got to know him and his short ear. Many thanks to Pushkin Children's Books for publishing this book in the UK - what a treat it is!