Wednesday 2 April 2014

Indie Pen-Dance Wednesday - A riotous caper in "Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle" by Elsa Takaoka and Catherine Toenisson (Elsa Takaoka Publishing)

Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle

Written by Elsa Takaoka

Illustrated by Catherine Toenisson

Published by Elsa Takaoka Publishing

We truly have been spoilt rotten by the sheer quality of self published and independently published titles we've covered so far this year but there's always room for more, and certainly lots of room for books that are a colourful riot such as this first "Goo and Spot" adventure.

So what is The Do Not Wriggle Riddle? Elsa and Spot want to find out, but as they race through a colourful landscape, they're none the wiser. Each of their friends gives a clue, and the clue is in the question - but can such a mind-mangling riddle be solved? It's going to be fun to find out!

Elsa Takaoka writes a fast-paced (quite frenetic, in fact) chase as Goo and Spot meet up with friends to join the caper. Catherine Toenisson's inventive artwork is gorgeous, truly eyecatching and we loved all the characters this extremely talented duo have created.

This is a great inclusive book, good for boys and girls, and it's also a great moral lesson on the value of pricking up your ears and listening to everyone around you in order to satisfy your own curiosity and learn more. Just our cup of tea!

Charlotte's best bit: Finding out the answer to the riddle right at the end of the book!

Daddy's Favourite bit: Such a dazzling vibrant book that's chock full of fun that unfolds at breakneck pace. If you're in the mood for a speedy run around riddle town, this is for you!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Elsa Takaoka)