What to read after... Elmer 21/05/20
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Word and image magically combine in this amusing fantasy. of a baby inadvertently (or purposely?) wafted away in a giant bubble blown by his older sister.
Mahy’s energetic text encompasses, among other effects, rhyme, rhythm, alliteration and assonance, incorporated into a lengthy poem involving tongue-twisters, lists and an amazing array of real and created words.
The repetitive, Hiawatha-like, rhythm carries us constantly onwards, while the humorous illustrations deftly capture movement, character and each more precarious position to which the baby floats.
Particularly engaging is the baby’s view of the crowd below him. Thankfully Mabel’s bubble-blowing excess is resolved safely and happily.