Monday, 12 March 2012


Boing! What does the world's bounciest stuntman do on his days off? Trains and practices of course, but when a little over-enthusiastic exercise goes wrong, The Great Elastic Marvel (five times world trampolining champion) has to rely on his flexible limbs and quick wits to save him from imminent doom.

This book is excellent, not just because of Bruce Ingman's child-friendly artwork (Anyone familiar with his work on The Pencil and The Runaway Dinner will know why kids love his drawings so much), but because of the build up of anticipation and excitement just before it looks certain that The Great Elastic Marvel will come to a sticky end.

It's almost impossible to keep your child still while reading this, so if you're reading it at bedtime, expect them to do a triple salco and somersault before landing comfortably back on their pillow ready to snuggle.

Charlotte's best bit: The Great Elastic Marvel bouncing off the canopy of a cafe.

Daddy's favourite bit: Some great scribbly drawings that just plain work beautifully for a book like this

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars