Sunday, 12 February 2017

Helper and Helper ('Snake and Lizard' #3) by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop - our BOOK OF THE WEEK!   {Reviewed by STELLA}
Another wonderful 'Snake and Lizard' collection from the talented duo Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop.  Helper and Helper is the third collection of tales about the desert dwellers Snake and Lizard. Snake, as charming and deviously clever as ever, and kind, sometimes gullible, Lizard are up to their usual excellent antics. Lizard discovers democracy, not that it helps much to thwart Snake's plans; the Grey Rabbit steals their clients with his special healing abilities until Lizard has a cunning plan; Snake becomes an honorary lizard family member, which entails fifteen aunts making themselves at home in the burrow; and the good friends, our helpers, need to visit Wise Tortoise for a dose of help. These stories, with best friends Snake and Lizard, will delight young and old. Cowley's engaging storytelling allows children to explore big ideas and what really matters with humour and compassion. Gavin Bishop's illustrations are the icing on the cake, or, in the case of Snake, a particularly good quail's egg or, for Lizard, a breakfast of many fat blue flies.

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