Friday, 22 June 2012
Fiction Fridays #29: The New Jumper . . . .
It's hot off the presses, this - the latest offering from Oliver Jeffers, an author responsible for producing several of The B&G's all-time favourites.
Lost and Found, The Way Back Home and How to Catch a Star have long been high on our list of preferred reads . . . .
The New Jumper is something of a departure from the familiar - the ubiquitous penguin and boy, that is - but it still retains some classic Jeffers trademarks that promise to make it just as popular.
Featuring The Hueys (characters inspired by the author's grandfather who, unable to remember the names of his grandchildren, called them all Huey, regardless of their gender), this is a tale about individuality, being different and some rather fetching orange sweaters. Needless to say, The B&G are enjoying it.
In particular, both love the fact that - just days after meeting his more-famous namesake at Center Parcs' Teddy Bears Picnic - the chief Huey just so happens to be called Rupert.
It has added to the appeal, no question, but it's not the be all and end all, because this is a book that has more going for it than that alone - much more, in fact . . . .