Thursday, January 22, 2015

Asterix and the Secret Weapon by Albert Uderzo (Orion Paperbacks)

Asterix and the Secret Weapon

Written and Illustrated by
Albert Uderzo

Published by Orion Paperbacks

France's mightiest hero, and his loyal sidekick - how can we possibly resist Asterix and Obelix. I've slowly been introducing Charlotte to the amazing adventures of the awesome Gaul warrior. But here's a story with a difference. Can Asterix and Obelix have met their trickiest foe yet?

A wandering bard comes to their humble village. A female bard with enough sass and cheek to inveigle her way into the tribe with very little effort. She takes a shine to Asterix but he's not sure she can be trusted. But can she be the key to defeating Caeser's latest secret weapon?

I always used to think the Asterix books were really full-on and busy, with hugely complex layouts packed into every page spread. The stories are meaty though, and for kids who are looking to get into longer and more involving stories, Asterix books are truly awesome (and hilarious too!).

Bit of a shocker part way through this story when Asterix does something that you really really would not expect to see our gallant hero doing (I skipped rapidly past that bit when reading to Charlotte - even in the context of the story).

We've previously enjoyed Asterix and Cleopatra and with 33 more books to check out, we'll definitely be going back to the library for more.

Charlotte's best bit: Caeser's secret army of...aww we won't spoil it for you but wowsers, that's some army!

Daddy's Favourite bit: I actually think Obelix is the real star of this particular story, subtly stealing just about every scene effortlessly. You'll see what you mean when you read it.

(Borrowed for review from our wonderful Abingdon Library)

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