Mango & Bambang: Superstar Tapir

Written by Polly Faber

Illustrated by Clara Vulliamy

Part of the Mango and Bambang Series

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LoveReading View on Mango & Bambang: Superstar Tapir

April 2017 Book of the Month  Here are four more adventures for Mango and her best friend Bambang the tapir and they are if anything even more appealing than previous stories, perfect fiction for young readers. In this set of self-contained but interlinked stories Mango is determined to let Bambang experience as much as possible and in one particularly lovely episode creates a snowy day for him, in the middle of summer. The two are reunited with Bambang’s precocious little cousin Guntur too, at the premier of his new film. Beautifully illustrated, simply told but full of incident, the charm of these stories derives not just from their fun adventures but from the deep affection between the two central characters. Lovely!

Bambang and Paddington share the same innocence and capacity for causing chaos, while readers will also enjoy Shirley Hughes’s Dixie O’Day books, Pugs of the Frozen North by Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve, and Elisabeth Beresford’s stories of the Wombles. ~ Andrea Reece

Mango & Bambang: Superstar Tapir Synopsis

Mango and Bambang reach for the stars in the fourth book of this charming illustrated series about a little girl and a tapir, described by The Sunday Times as having real charm ...reminiscent of Paddington.

Both Mango and Bambang are left star-struck when Bambang's cousin comes to town with Hollywood actress Minty Verbena. But when disaster strikes, Bambang is the true star of the show. Superstar Tapir is Book Four in this delightful series for younger readers.

Here is a trailer for the first in the series Mango & Bambang: The Not-A-Pig.

Mango & Bambang: Superstar Tapir Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, The Not-a-Pig. 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: Superstar Tapir Press Reviews

Reviews for the Mango & Bambang series:

One of my very favourites, the delicious Mango and Bambang return in a third collection of stories, along with a rather mischievous mini tapir. The Bookseller

Vulliamy's glorious black and white pictures and Faber's words combine perfectly [...] Each story is the perfect length for bedtime and it's an irresistible package too, all coloured page edges and foil cover. My six-year-old's book of the month. -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller

Absolutely charming collection of illustrated stories about the unexpected friendship of Mango, a little girl, and Bambang, an Asian tapir. It has a classic feel, but a very modern sensibility 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

This book is good. So, so, utterly perfectly so. It's golden. Did You Ever Stop to Think blog

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406378375
Publication date: 01/01/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406361490
Publication date: 06/04/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406361490
Publication date: 6th April 2017
Author: Polly Faber
Illustrator: Clara Vulliamy
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 144 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Books of the Month

About Polly Faber

Polly Faber is a children's book blogger and volunteer reading helper through the charity Beanstalk. With her family, she looks after her very own tiny free library outside their house in North London. Mango & Bambang is her first series of books for children.

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