Sunday, 7 July 2013
Mabel and Me - Best of Friends by Mark Sperring and Sarah Warburton
Meet Mabel and Me in this hilarious picture book, as they explore what puts the 'best' in 'best friends'! Mabel and Me are strolling down a strolly street, when Mabel asks a Hugely Harrowing and Diabolically Difficult question about why Me thinks they are best friends. Join this oddest of odd couples in their very first adventure to discover the answer - but be prepared for a large dose of mistaken identity along the way! Mark Sperring's sparkling text is a rollicking read-aloud that delights in language and rhythm and is perfectly complemented by Sarah Warburton's terrifically warm and witty illustrations.
This is a beautiful book about Mabel and her best friend, a mouse, and Mabel's refusal to do things without her best friend.
It is well written and fantastically illustrated, with the hand drawn, sketchy style drawings accompanying the story perfectly. The pages are laid out well, with words being included in a number of different typographical styles,all of which adds to the hectic story.
I would recommend this picture story book to a slightly older child - 5-7 years - due to the hectic story and its wordy story. It is a beautiful book and one which I am sure will become a story time favourite very quickly.
I received this book, in return for an honest review, from the publishers, Harper Collins Children's Books.