Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Humpfree The Humpless Camel by Julia Dweck and Young-Min Yoon (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)

 October 2013, Xist Publishing, ebook, Review copy

 Themes: feeling different, trying new things, dealing with disappointment, discovering a unique personal quality

Content: Lots of humour, maybe a tissue

Summary from Xist Publishing 
“Now Humpfree Camel had no humps.
His back was free of any lumps.
While others had one bump or two,
Just where were Humpfree’s? No one knew.”

Humpfree’s back is as flat as a pancake and he’s not taking it lying down. He’s off on a wild search looking for his humps, but there are lots of bumps along the way. What would you do if you were a humpless, bumpless camel? 

Nayuleska's thoughts
I love Humpfree! I was in a mix of falling about laughing as each new pair of humps failed and wanting to cry for him because he looked so crestfallen. He is one clever camel to use the objects nearest to him for humps, but it takes someone else to help him recognise how special he is. The rhyming verse for me set a solid base of humour, topped by the cute and expressive illustrations. It's an uplifting read which will help readers find something about themselves that they are proud of.

Find out more on Julia's website.

Suggested read
Be sure to check out Blucy, my favourite read by Julia (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)

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