Title: Meet the Family
Author: John Yeoman
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Andersen Press
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Hardback
Description: Come and meet the family.
There’s magicians Uncle Marvello and Auntie Shazam, Aunt Lorna’s athletic daughters, Uncle Ignatius, a master of disguise, not to mention Belinda and Hattie; each one has an extraordinary talent. You’ve never met as eccentric a family as this one!
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is a good and fun story about an interesting and eccentric family. The book begins by talking about Uncle Marvello and Auntie Shazam, a magician and his assistant as they perform their magic tricks. Then we meet a baby who loves to crawl around, but gets into all sorts of places even up trees, and then boy who loves to cook so much different food, but then loves to eat it all. This book is a funny story about a family of very different and funny characters. The hardback book is a little larger than A4 in size and is filled with thick glossy pages of illustrations and text.
The story is a rhyming one and I do love how the rhyme builds on each page, often making you turn the page to read the final line. The eccentric characters in this family are all interesting and I have to say I liked the boy cooking food and the two elderly ladies at the end the most. The characters get up to all sorts of funny things as we meet them all in turn. The rhyming style of the text will keep children interested and I do like the fun illustrations too.
The illustrations are all great, I love how fun all the characters look. I have to say I do like Blake’s illustrations style, a little all over the place like the family members, makes each illustration fit so well with the story. The pictures are all good and there are images on each page accompanying the text. The ending of the book I’m not so sure about though and it’s made me take off one in my rating.
Although the overall book is really good and funny, the ending feels a bit strange, it feels as if the story should have gone on further, perhaps to show the whole family together or to make a point or something, but after meeting each family member in turn the story just ends, and because of this it feels like there’s some kind of ending missing. It’s a small point but made me enjoy the book a little less. But overall it’s still a good book with some great illustrations and rhymes about the characters.
What do you think of this book? Are there any books about interesting and funny families that you’ve enjoyed? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂