Wednesday, September 11, 2019

"Show and Tell" by Rob Biddulph (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Rob Biddulph is back, and this time he's brought a whole classroom of kids eager to show off their amazing objects in the hilarious "Show and Tell".

A story of one-upmanship, of competitiveness but ultimately of enjoying the simpler things in life sometimes.

When Mr Lumsden urges his class to bring in something for Show and Tell, little does he know he's going to trigger a complete avalanche of amazing things as Class 2L rise to the challenge.

All the kids are out to impress and at first things start out relatively simply, with a humble plant seed.

But soon it turns into a competition to see who can come up with the most spectacular mega-tastic object. Kids wheel in everything from Big Ben to THE ACTUAL MOON!

It all gets a bit crazy for a while, but how on earth will Mr Lumsden possibly choose a winner.

As we all know, teachers are both wise and kind - so we won't spoil what Mr L chooses, but it's a lovely surprise and adds to the rather neat message the book imparts.

Love Rob's brilliant and diverse class full of kids here!
We love the way the book just escalates until it gets to quite dangerously crazy levels of the kids out-doing each other!

Yikes, an actual alligator? EEEEEEEEEEP!
With some fantastic little nods and in-jokes here in Rob's trademark illustrative style, it's a fun story that echoes those awesome school days where we'd all do exactly the same as 2L (I think I remember taking a Geode to school once but being completely out-done by a kid who managed to bring in a working steam engine, bah!)

Sum this book up a sentence: A fun romp with a class full of cool kids, and a rather sweet message at the end.

"Show and Tell" by Rob Biddulph is out now, published by HarperCollins Children's Books (kindly supplied for review).