Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Whopper by Rebecca Ashdown (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)

  July 2015, Templar, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Content: lies, humour

A humorous, quirky story about a little boy who tells a lie, only to be followed around by his guilt in the form of The Whopper, a hungry and persistent monster. As Percy's guilt grows, so does The Whopper, until finally...The Whopper EATS Percy! It is only when The Whopper threatens to eat Percy's little brother, too, that Percy finally speaks out. 

Nayu's thoughts  
This is an intuitive read about how lying feels. The monster is a little weird but the emotions the tale invoked were surprisingly strong, and I felt sorry for Percy. I liked the way the Whopper grew, and how uncomfortable it made Percy, so eventually the truth came out and he felt heaps better, a fine lesson for readers of all ages to learn. I can well remember how awful I felt when I lied as a child - it is all consuming. Truth is best! 

Find out more on Rebecca's website

Available at bookstores including NRC affiliate Foyles.  

Suggested read
For a girl who does something she shouldn't read Never Tickle A Tiger by Pamela Butchart and Mark Boutavant (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)
Exquisite illustrations!

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