What to Read After... Mr Gum 19/08/19
Publisher: Red Fox
Originally published over 40 years ago, Blake's Patrick remains as entertaining and endearing a character as ever.
Setting out to buy a violin, Patrick finds that playing it transforms not only his outlook on life, but the lives of all he meets, be it plant, animal or human! Dull, everyday things become colourful and fun, and those who are poor or unhappy are rejuvenated by music's magical qualities.
Blake's illustrations are inimitable, and his text is perfectly in tune with his style of image, which shows the transformations taking place - colour, stars and fireworks appearing around (and from) the characters and their surroundings. Blake's text and images are readily accessible to small children, filled with spiky movement and quirky action.