Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One)
Written by Polly Faber
Illustrated by Clara Vulliamy
Part of the Mango and Bambang Series
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The Lovereading4Kids comment
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - A Staff Pick of the Year 2015 - chosen by Louise Weir - September 2015 Debut of the Month Bambang the tapir makes his way from the jungle to the big city where he is lucky enough to be found by Mango, a very capable little girl. Though by nature he’s rather timid, she looks after him beautifully, showing him automatic doors and ice cream and trams and other wonderful things, and even finds a pond for him to swim in. Mango and Bambang are totally charming, while Polly Faber’s writing and Clara Vulliamy’s lively images – black and white and purple only – are delightful. There’s something of Paddington about Bambang – he has the same sort of innocence and a similar potential for causing mayhem! These stories already feel like little classics, and children will love them. ~ Andrea Reece
Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
- Becca Urquhart, age 6 - 'I really really liked the story. It was funny, exciting and adventurous.'
- Georgia Docwra, age 10 - 'As soon as I saw this book I WANTED to read it!!!!'
- Eliza Kinder, age 8 - 'This is a book about a little girl who is a bit lonely, and who needs company. One day she finds a tapir, and they have adventures together.'
- Enora Hauduc, age 7 - 'I would recommend this book for children who like problems with unusual solutions.'
- Sabina Beinart-Smith, age 7 - 'I think Mango and Bambang was ever so funny and really good because I couldn’t get my nose out of it. I read it with my daddy and my mummy and it must be funny if my daddy laughed.'
- Rachel Zinkin, age 8 - 'An amazing book for kids with fabulous illustrations.'
- Emily, age 6 - 'This is an exciting and humorous story.'
- Cassandra Butler, age 6 - 'Four lovely and easy to read stories about a little girl called Mango who befriends a pig like animal and has some adventures.'
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) by Polly Faber
Mango Allsorts is good at all sorts of things, not just karate and chess. Bambang is most definitely not-a-pig and is now lost in a very busy city. When the two unexpectedly meet, a friendship begins, filled with adventures, and of course, plenty of banana pancakes.
The Not-a-Pig is Book One in a brilliant series from Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy.
brave, clever, kind and adventurous [...] Gorgeously illustrated in a limited black, white and purple palette by Vulliamy, it's a modern classic in the making. Huffington Post Faber's heartwarming debut comprises four stories about the unlikely friendship between feisty chess and karate-loving heroine Mango Allsorts, and a tapir lost in the city. Bambino Goodies More great fun for the under 8s from [...] the first in a new series by Clara Vulliamy with the entrancing characters Mango and Bambang. Loma Books This is a charming collection of four short stories [...] The chapters are a perfect length for bedtime for 4-6 year olds. Absolutely Dulwich The text of this delightful story is full of humour and character whilst the illustrations deftly and neatly portray the busy city with all the pitfalls that may befall a newcomer. The artwork has an attractive, gentle and quaint feel to it, which is a balanced accompaniment to the engaging story. Carousel A first chapter book with real charm is Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig by Polly Faber, in which the relationship between a little girl who is good at karate and Bambang, a lost tapir, has a warmth reminiscent of the Paddington stories. With expressively characterised and comical pictures on every page, this is a lesson in tolerance and joie de vivre The Sunday Times Mango and Bambang has all the elements of a classic children's tale [...] Its simple tale of the power of friendship will make parents and children enjoy it together. Clara Vulliamy's brilliant illustrations give an ageless, sophisticated feel. Literary Review This is a book to really treasure. I can always tell when a book has that special something when my two boys continue quoting from it long after we finish reading! Oh, and one of them has taken it to bed to read and cuddle up with too! Andy Shepherd blog The gentle and entertaining stories are complimented by the charming black, white and purple illustrations. It is beautifully written, illustrated and produced, which means that it will make a lovely gift. I think that it could easily become a classic. The School Librarian This is a great book for animal lovers (who can resist a tapir?) with darling illustrations throughout. Washington Independent Review of Books
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3rd September 2015
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