Going to the Volcano

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Review

Dwayne is heading off with Jane to look at the volcano: walking down the lane-o, riding the Great Dane-o, jumping on the plane-o and flying off to Spain-o! Yet, when they reach the volcano, Dwayne and Jane (and the rest of the volcano-watchers) get a bit of a shock…

This hilarious and anarchic picture book from the author of the Mr Gum series features a brilliant call-and-response format which makes it ideal for reading aloud. It will have children in fits of laughter at Dwayne and Jane’s misadventures, and at Andy Stanton’s inventive and silly rhyming. This simple but clever format is likely to become a firm favourite with preschoolers, as well as older children who will still appreciate the surreal humour.

The endpapers, naming all the characters in the story, are a joy, as is the brilliantly characterised illustration by Miguel Ordonez, which zings with personality and energy.

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