Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Quick, Slow, Mango! By Anik McGrory (Children's, Picture book, 10/10E)

April 2011, Bloomsbury
pages, Paperback
Review copy

Children's, Picture book

Summary from Bloomsbury
Baby elephant Kidogo is off with his mama to find breakfast. She’s always telling him to hurry, but Kidogo loves to take his time and wants to do everything slowly. Meanwhile, up in the trees, a mischievous monkey named PolePole is always in a rush, trying to grab all the mangoes he can! Fast and slow, these two adorable critters meet up in the luckiest way – and it’s mangoes for breakfast for everyone!

Nayuleska's reasons for loving Kidogo...He likes taking in the world which is a great mindset to have, although he learnt he can't do that all the time.

What style are the illustrations? Bright, Spring like colours which have a  watercolour effect, focusing only on the items used in the story as opposed to having heaps of detail in the background (this isn't a negative comment, just an observation).

Is there a message for the reader to take away? There is a time and place for being speedy and taking your time in life. It's necessary to learn the appropriate times for each.

My favourite part was.. when Kidogo and PolePole combined their different approaches to gain a tasty reward.

This is a contemporary version of the tortoise and the hare fable. As a child I was most like PolePole, and if I'd read this I might have understood the need to slow down a little better.

Suggested reads
For a book with another valuable message try The Beasties by Jenny Nimmo and Gwen Milward

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