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Monday, 26 August 2013

The Mummy that went Moo (You, Me and Thing) by Karen McCombie

You, Me and Thing: Bk. 4: The Mummy That Went Moo

Want to know a secret? There is something very, very strange living in the trees behind my house. If you tiptoe slowwwwly and quietly (ssh!) to the bottom of my garden, you might hear it rustling and rootling and 'peh!'ing in the dark undergrowth, on the other side of the low stone wall. And if you peek over the wall - holding your breath - there's a chance you could spot two saucer-round eyes blinking out of a strangely square pening in the tree roots...Ruby and Jackson get the surprise of their lives when they discover a Thing living at the bottom of their gardens. But Thing is cute, and funny, even if sometimes when it upset it gets a bit Arrghh! And that's when the trouble starts. Like the time Ruby and Jackson sneak Thing along with them on a school trip to the museum. In case you're wondering, it goes very, badly wrong...!

This is the fourth book in the series by Karen McCombie about two neighbours, Jackson and the narrator, Ruby. I do not believe that these two were friends until they found Thing, at the bottom of the garden. They all soon become firm friends and the thing Thing likes best, is Jelly Babies!

In this instalment, Jackson and Ruby are both to go on a school trip to a museum, which Thing decides he wants to hitch a ride to. All goes well until they reach the Mummy exhibit and Thing gets mischievous!

This series of books are a great one for children who have outgrown early readers and pretty princess and sparkly fairy reads. They are books about friendship and as they are a series, readers can get to know the characters and enjoy their adventures. 

Although the series is a level above Early Readers there are still a number of illustrations, pencil drawings, throughout the book which break up the text.

A good book for children age 9+ and I think that girls will be more interested in the series, although boys could enjoy it too.

Thank you to the publishers, Faber, for sending me the book to review.

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