“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Anna Currey / Edition: illustrated edition / Hardcover / Reading Level: Baby-Preschool / 32 Pages / Book is published 2002-10-24 by Chrysalis Children's Books „
After another visit to the library my son came out with a real mixed bag of books, with this particular book being the least expected of the lot.
The book I will now review is - "Truffle goes to town by Anna Currey".
After Auntie Vee comes to stay she brings with her the exciting news or her impending marriage to Henry "the most handsomest mouse in the world".
So after crowing about him and what he intended on wearing for the special day one of the smaller mice called Emmeline piped up, and asked her Auntie what she intended on wearing......wich id where the problem begins!
After trying on her sisters wedding dress, and realising that it doesn't look right, she falls into a deep depression and takes to her bed weeping.
After much consideration, Mother Mouse remembers seeing some beautiful silk roses that she saw in Poppin and Joy's shop window.
It is then decided that the children mice would go and with the penny they had each received for Christmas, would each buy a rose to make Auntie Vee smile again....awww bless!
Will the children succeed in there quest, or will there inevitably be many adventures on the way?
This was a bit of a wildcard book in my opinion, I have to say I am one of those people that do tends to judge a book by it's cover, so on this basis alone I would have walked straight past it, as the front cover just holds three mice and a suitcase, but after reading it I was really pleased that Con had borrowed it, not only be able to boast a lovely story but some beautiful illustrations too.
The text is bold and quite varied meaning for a better read for me, but no-where near a starter reader read Con, though he does enjoy Mum reading to him, this ensures a bit of one on one time without his sister getting in the way!
Although at many points throughout the book the text is almost wrapped around the pictures it doesn't obstruct or confuse the reading of this book, but more the fact that the illustrations are so vast within the page, the text has almost had to move over to get more picture in!
The illustrations are quite old fashioned in there construction, the mice themselves have all got well established characters, but are drawn in a soft almost smudged manner, this should make them less exciting visually but in turn makes for a softer looking storybook that seems to echo the text perfectly, this book could truly stand on it's own two feet without any text at all and you would still get the story just from the pictures, which from the storyline could have proved quite difficult.
Pricewise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk for the sum of £7.99 plus P&P.
Thanks for reading x