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What a sweet story. A lovely one to read aloud to children and the wonderful illustrations make it all so colourful. It is a simple story, yet informative, as the distance of the ocean's depth and darkness and the sealife the Queen and Mr Brown encounter, are all realistic, the rescuing heroic whale and the unfortunate angler fish. There is also something for the adult reader however, initially the title immediately conjures up Queen Victoria and her gilly Mr Brown! The references to the angler fish's eating habits and the Queen's unsuitable language are also humorous asides. The illustrations are wonderful and the expressions, particularly the varying faces of Mr Brown, are brilliant. Hidden within the simple story however is a lovely message/moral, be grateful for what you have. Mr Brown realising at the end that walking in the rain is far more preferable than the depths of the ocean. Though I do wonder what happened to the unfortunate piglet squid eating fish and whether he ever found a friend? Perhaps there is a sequel here!
Rosie Watch, A LoveReading Ambassador
The Queen and Mr Brown visit their animal friends in the Natural History Museum for another mystery tour. This time their destination is the bottom of the ocean. Beneath the waves they meet an enormous blue whale, a piglet squid and a very sociable octopus. But nothing can prepare them for what is waiting for them on bottom, the dreaded anglerfish--the ugliest fish in the sea! Strikingly illustrated and humorously told, this story is great to read aloud and for older children to read on their own.
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The book provides a light hearted introduction to the Natural History Museum and I envisage that other types of animal life will be included in future stories. Full review
|Publication date:||6th August 2020|
|Author:||James Francis Wilkins|
|Publisher:||The Natural History Museum|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers, Indie Author Books|
|Recommendations:||Indie Books We Love|
James Francis Wilkins has worked as a newpaper cartoonist and in the animation film industry, and now works as an artist.More About James Francis Wilkins