The beautiful Clara Vulliamy has a new book out, a collaboration with Jame Mayhew – Bubble and Squeak! Now it’s no secret that I heart Clara, she’s a warm and caring lady and a truly brilliant author and illustrator and I can hand on heart say that Bubble and Squeak is another superbly colourful offering of reading joy. It’s a book that not only children will like to read or bed read but also one that grown ups will enjoy reading.
The book tells the tale of Bubble, a super star Circus act, travelling far and wide performing ‘The Pyramid of Peril’ (see above right image), balancing on a a pyramid of people and pom pom holding dogs with just a bouquet of flowers to help her balance. Circus life means travelling about lots but moving from place to place so much means that Bubble never really gets to make any friends. Bubble was lonely…
Until one night along comes a mouse looking for shelter…
“He watched Bubble’s performance with shining eyes and his heart skipped a beat. It was the most wonderful thing he had ever seen”
And so the little mouse follows the circus around until Mr Magnifico the Circus RingLeader notices mouse-sized nibble marks in his cheese! Poor mouse is shoo-ed out into the rain but he redeems himself by saving the day, and the lovely Bubble from mortal danger as The Pyramid of Peril earning himself a place in the show and a special new friend!
This book is colourful, charming and engaging, the story is enjoyable and the illustration by Clara are as you would expect, brilliant. This book is one to buy, read and treasure.
Find James Mayhew’s blog here: http://james-mayhew-author-illustrator.blogspot.co.uk/
Find Clara Vulliamy’s blog here: http://claras.me
Information: Hardcover: 32 pages //Publisher: Orchard (2 May 2013) // ISBN-10: 1408313669 // ISBN-13: 978-1408313664
Many thanks to Orchard Books for sending me this lovely hardback copy to read with Kitty and Ozzy and give my thoughts on.