Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Mabel and Me Best of Friends by Mark Sperring & Sarah Warburton (Children's, Picture book, 10/10E)

July 2013, HarperCollins, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Themes: friendship, prejudice, sticking up for your friend, ignoring rumours, anger management techniques,

Content: lots of humour, a little prejudice

Summary from HarperCollins
Meet Mabel and Me in this hilarious picture book, as they explore what puts the ‘best’ in ‘best friends’!

Mabel and Me are strolling down a strolly street, when Mabel asks a Hugely Harrowing and Diabolically Difficult question about why Me thinks they are best friends. Join this oddest of odd couples in their very first adventure to discover the answer – but be prepared for a large dose of mistaken identity along the way!

Nayuleska's thoughts 
I was taken aback a bit by who the narrator was - Me is a refreshing best friend, has great courage and acts in unexpected ways which although not diplomatic certainly makes a point. The town which Mabel and me walk through is one Id love to explore - I loved the name plaque for Strolly Street, and the cats in the windows were cute. I hope more stories will come for Mabel and Me, as Me's viewpoint is an entertaining one. Boo to the people who dissed Me! Friends may not have lots in common, but the bond which ties them together is stronger than steel, as Mabel and Me discover.

Suggested read
Another friendship duo is Zoe and Beans - see them in their many adventures including Zoe and Beans Pants on the Moon by Chloe & Mick Inkpen.

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