Wednesday, October 10, 2012

"Rumbelow's Dance" by John Yeoman and Quentin Blake (Andersen Press)

A busy, fizzing whizz-bang of a book that has nothing to do with shonky 80s electrical goods retailers, "Rumbelow's Dance" is proof positive that Quentin Blake's energetic scribbly drawings can turn just about any children's book into an instant classic.

The man behind the fantastic illustrations of Roald Dahl's timeless children's books is on top form. The story, about a young boy named Rumbelow who cheers up travellers making their way to market by encouraging them to "dance, dance, dance to market" is the children's literary equivalent of a good bum-wiggling tune. It's so easy to get caught up with the rhythm of the story and it's a real joy to see how children react to Rumbelow's effervescence.

John Yeoman's rhyming text bounces as much as Blake's drawings, to make a really pleasing little book discovery nestling amongst the shelves in Abingdon's extremely well stocked library.

Charlotte's best bit: The flower lady ("She's me" said Charlotte).

Daddy's favourite bit: Blake's flowing, scribbly but absolutely perfect drawing skills.

1 comment:

capptivatedkids said...

My children love this one too! I had to laugh at your comment though as I couldn't get the electrical retailer out of my head either. The perils of having such a wonderfully memorable name.