Friday, April 15, 2016
ReadItDaddy's Second Book of the Week - Week Ending 15th April 2016 - "Von Doogan and the Great Air Race" by Lorenzo Etherington (David Fickling Books)
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Book of the Week 2016, David Fickling Books, Lorenzo Etherington, Von Doogan and the Great Air Race
Have you ever read a book that has actually made your brain hurt (but in a good way), wowed you with stunning visuals, and actually left you with a real sense of achievement once you've worked your way through it?
Regular Phoenix Comic readers will already know all about Von Doogan, the weekly adventure and puzzle strip by Lorenzo and Robin Etherington.
We've already loved volume 1 of the collected "Von Doogan - Curse of the Golden Monkey" to bits here, and we're still completely hooked by the intense puzzling and fabulous action the followup offers.
In "Von Doogan and the Great Air Race" our hero is taking time out after reaping the rewards of his last quest. But sitting around at the Adventurer's Club is boring, and soon "The Doog" hungers for a new challenge, possibly his toughest yet!
|The competitors line up for The Great Air Race! Will Von Doogan be triumphant? Only with your help!|
The challenges are quite often brutally tough but it's so satisfying when your answer starts to come together, and you realise you've solved one more puzzle bringing you closer to fortune and glory.
|FOLD THE PAGE? ARE YOU CRAZY??!?!|
We love Von Doogan and this adventure lets Lorenzo go to town devising brilliant puzzles but also drawing the two things he excels at. Fantastic, truly fantastic vehicles and (ahem) gorgeous kick-butt ladies!) I've probably gushed way too many times over Lorenzo's artwork (Go google for "Stranski" and you'll see what I mean - I'd give my left earlobe to be able to draw like that!) With a glorious saturday morning matinee feel, and absolutely NO LET-UP in the frenzied pace of the adventure as it unfolds, it's an utterly genius idea to bring together brilliant storytelling with fab brain-mashing puzzling.
|Wow, just wow.|
|Someone was DELIRIOUSLY happy when this book turned up!|
Charlotte's favourite puzzle: The "Coffee Table" puzzle, I think she had about 3 goes before she nailed it, clever stick!
Daddy's favourite puzzle: Loved the puzzle about matching the planes with their owners (mainly because I'm completely hopeless at maths and a lot of the puzzles involve some serious number crunching!)
(Kindly sent to us for review by David Fickling Books)
"Von Doogan and the great Air Race (Von Doogan Volume 2)"
Written and illustrated by Lorenzo Etherington
Published by David Fickling Books
Publication Date: 7th April 2016