The Wim Wom from the Mustard Mill
Written by Polly Peters
Illustrated by Roberta Angeletti
Amazon Link: £5.99
Published by Child's Play
We all had strange monsters we were warned about when we were kids. For some reason, my parents chose to scare the living daylights out of me by talking about "The Scary Scarecrow" (some years before Worzel Gummidge hit TV screens) and I've never quite got over it.
In "The Wim Wom from the Mustard Mill", two children find out that seemingly everyone knows about the mysterious Wim Wom - except for them. The more they try to understand what a Wim Wom is, the more fantastical tales they're spun by the adults in the book - until the tables are deliciously overturned at the end.
Great storytelling and Roberta Angeletti's artwork is just the right side of "not too menacing" for your little ones, but adds to the fantastic atmosphere the book generates. Might be a bit scary for younger kids but great for inquiring minds.
Charlotte's best bit: The children trying to draw a Wim Wom
Daddy's favourite bit: The rather mean grandma in the book (who is entirely unlike Charlotte's Grandmas!)
Rating: 4 out of 5