UK Writer and Illustrator Polly Faber, illustrated by Clara VulliamyThe Not-A-Pig #1 in the Mango and Bambang series Walker Books 2015 $19.99hb 142pp ISBN 978 1 4063 6143 8 Themes: City life/ Friendship/ Short stories / Single parent families/ Tapirs
So many people thought that Bambang was a pig but of course he wasn’t. He was a Malaysian Tapir as Mango, who knew everything, tried to explain to anyone who would listen. In these four short stories it is hard not to fall in love with the two characters as they explore the inside of a big city, go swimming in an Olympic sized pool, eventually avoid the wicked intentions of a determined animal collector and learn to sing and to play the clarinet. The stories are written with a charm and warmth and are a pleasure to read aloud. This is Polly Faber’s first book and I am looking forward impatiently for the rest of the series.
Year 4 up/ Age 8 up