Title: Buck n’ Bronco Hit the Road!
Author: Guy Bass
Illustrator: Steve May
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Genre: Middle grade/older children’s fiction, humour
Book format: Paperback
Description: Buck ’n’ Bronco are mascots at the Happy Ranch theme park. It’s their mission to Bring the Happy™ to your day!
But when Happy Ranch is demolished to make way for a futuristic new park, Buck ’n’ Bronco find themselves without a home and without a job. They head out on the road, determined to prove they’ve still got what it takes.
Can Buck ’n’ Bronco Bring the Happy™ out in the real world, or are they doomed to be yesterday’s mascots?
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is a very funny and lovely story featuring some great characters. Buck n’ Bronco are mascots at the Happy Ranch theme park but the park has been closed down and now faces demolition. With nowhere left to ‘Bring the Happy’ to children, the duo decide to venture out of the park grounds and on the road to find somewhere new where they’ll be appreciated. Buck believes he and Bronco are famous and will be welcomed by all, and it isn’t long before they happen across a new town, but are the duo really as famous as they think?
I like how this short but funny story goes. Buck n‘ Bronco are interesting characters with Buck encouraging Bronco to leave the park and go on the road. But when they happen across the town of Wunderville, it seems that the two aren’t as famous as they thought. I like what happens in this story and it was very different from anything I’ve read before with the duo’s old Wild West style theme park being demolished and replaced with something futuristic. I like what happens when they reach the town, how they don’t get recognised and the funny things that happen when they try to show off some of their signature moves! It’s a good and very funny and silly story with a fun ending and a great message about friendship and being yourself.
Although the story itself is very funny, the illustrations really add to the humour even more and I love how exaggerated and cartoonish they are. There are illustrations throughout the book on different pages, among the text, as well as a fun chapter header, with each illustration being in black, white and grey. I love how funny all of the characters look, the expressions of each character being easy to see, and I love how much detail is in each image too. There’s just something so fun about the pictures that I just loved looking again and again while reading this book. Each of the pages in the book is a yellowish colour making it easier for dyslexics and anyone else who has trouble reading on white. The text is easy to read too using a special font that’s easier for dyslexics to read and with paragraphs spaced out making it easy to read for anyone that feels daunted by large blocks of text too. All of the pages are also extra thick.
At only about 80 pages this story is short but it’s very fun. I like how Buck n’ Bronco resolve things in the end, and how it’s Bronco, the character who’s not really the leader of the duo who ends up helping Buck see what’s important and how the two end up at the end of the story. I just love these two characters so much and would love to see them in another story in the future!
What do you think of this book? Do you like books with a lot of humour in them? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂