Every now and then you come across a book that sits slightly outside the norm, and this is very much one of those. Aimed at kids, this combines prose with comic-style storytelling. And it’s about a girl called King Coo who has a beard and lives in a secret suburban forest and invents things. I didn’t see that one coming.
Some of the best concepts are a little barking when you analyse them and this one doesn’t even need much analysing, but what it delivers is an upbeat, fast-paced and genuinely amusing adventure that involves school, a despicable criminal gang, a museum and a mummy’s curse. All fabulous ingredients. Oh, and a wombat. Naturally.
Adam Stower seems to be having a lot of fun with this, and his writing perfectly complements his fresh and energetic cartoon style. The pages shift from storybook to comic page, utilising his gift for layout and design to capitalise on his visual storytelling. It’s not the first book in the series, but you don’t need to have read the previous one to enjoy this book (although you’ll probably want to).
Aimed at any child with the confidence to read independently to anyone that enjoys the funny and the daft, this ticks a lots of boxes.
And if you liked that: Grab the first book – King Coo!