The day no one was angry. Wonderful fable-like tales from Toon Tellegen @geckopress

Posted: November 14, 2014 in Everyone, Primary School
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The day no one was angry
By Toon Tellegen
Illustrated by Marc Boutavant
ISBN 9781927271605
Gecko Press

5 (Medium)

This a collection of twelve short and funny tales about grumpy animals living in the forest. They have a fable-like philosophical approach in their telling and readers can’t help but laugh along at the antics of the grumpy creatures. It’s immediate appeal is its outstanding cover which just cries out to be picked up.
Follow the story of aardvark who just happens to always be standing on his head and squirrel who questions the sense in aardvark’s choice. Or there is beetle and earthworm who try to out do each other by being the angriest. Or beetle giving instructions to cricket on how to look fierce.
This is a delightful look at human nature through the eyes of some wonderful animal characters. Great stories which will be wonderful to be read aloud to young children. Older children will love reading the stories for themselves.
The illustrations have a wonderful vintage look and feel which takes me back to my own childhood. Mindful of illustrators such as Virginia Lee Burton, Bill Peet and even Richard Scarry in his Little Golden Book days, the illustrator here is in very good company and the beauty of this is that the book will appeal to many parents and grandparents as much as children of today. And just in time for Christmas this will be great in Christmas stockings.

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