Saturday, 9 April 2011
The Amazing Mrs Pepperpot by Alf Proysen and Hilda Offen
February 2011, Red Fox Picture Books,
56 pages, Paperback
Summary from Random House Children's Books
Mrs Pepperpot has a problem - a huge problem - she shrinks! And when she shrinks she finds herself in all sorts of trouble...
Poor Mrs Pepperpot has shrunk again and she's set her heart on going to the bazaar. But with a clever disguise and a cunning plan, she's soon dancing rings around the ladies at the fair!
Puss can't wait for Mrs Pepperpot to shrink so she can whisk her away on an adventure. It's a hair-raising journey, but brave Mrs P is soon rewarded with some very special treasure indeed.
I remember reading Mrs Pepperpot stories when I was little, although I had forgotten how she became little. These two new stories were a delight to read. I enjoyed how good she was at baking, and how determine she became. It was interesting how when she was little in the first story, how people and animals behaved when they couldn't see her. There's a big feel good factor at the end of the first adventure. As for the second, although I don't encourage revenge or wrecking people's property, it was nice that ladies got what they deserved. It isn't fair when some people who aren't so nice boss other people around. You don't want to mess with Mrs Pepperpot! I love this style of illustrations, they are cheery and add an extra element to the story.
This childhood favourite hasn't changed over the years, and I give it 10/10.