Saturday, 24 September 2016

Passports to Peril by Terry Ray Hall (Children's, 7 years +, 9/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

February 2016, Girl and Cat Publishing, 28 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

When Gwendoline suggests her five friends join her on a trip across Europe, their adventure begins. Getting across the Channel to France is just the start. Once there, they'll meet all kinds of people...and try all kinds of strange food! Will Marlon get over his fear of heights atop the Eiffel Tower? And will Suzy fall in love in the most romantic city in the world? Join our six friends as they enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris.

Nayu's thoughts
Intrigued by the series being all about travel I was eager to review this for you. Unfortunately it took a long time to get to me because 1, if not 2 copies of it were posted but never arrived. However I eventually got a copy and I loved the story! There is so much humour in the book, made more apparent by the entire tale being spoken in rhyme. The friends do travel, yet how they manage to travel without adults has to be read to be believed. Gwendoline and her friends are creative in gettig past all the obstacles thrown at them, even if their plans rarely go well. 

Key places and items of France are woven in the tale which some readers may already know but there's a glossary at the back for words that may be new to readers. While the style of illustration isn't quite my favourite style, it's full of expression, and I love the crayon look the colours give since readers are encouraged to colour the rest in. How many books do that?  Other books sometimes use vibrant colours in a style that the reader couldn't match with crayons, but this style makes it easy gor the reader to blend their colouring into the artwork. This is a series that has got off to a flying start! 

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