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Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon Reviews

Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon by Sally Gardner, Nick Maland

Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon

Sally Gardner, Nick Maland

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2 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Zephyr
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 4 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9781786697172

An enchanting fairytale about Mr Tiger, and his troupe of acrobats, Betsy K. Glory, the daughter of a mermaid and an ice-cream maker, from bestselling author Sally Gardner and illustrated by Nick Maland.

  • The TimesBook of the Year
4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
13 Oct 2018

"delightfully baffling"

Sally Gardner, the enormously creative author of I, Coriander, chucks magic, a quest and scoopfuls of jeopardy into the first book in her new series. It’s also got dyslexia-friendly type, and Nick Maland’s illustrations add to the fun...Cripes, if that isn’t delightfully baffling enough it also appears, in a jolly meta move, that the alphabet is writing this story, not Gardner. In which case bravo to all 26 letters; I look forward to their next dance.

Reviews

  • The Daily TelegraphChildren's Book of the Year
5 stars out of 5
Emily Bearn
19 Nov 2018

"...an enchanting story, in which elements of traditional fairy tale verge on the surreal"

This is an enchanting story, in which elements of traditional fairy tale verge on the surreal (in what must count as one of literature's more eccentric frame narrations, the story is told by "all the letters of the alphabet" who live on the island). But Gardner's skill is to contain even her wildest ideas within a meticulous plot. "You and I have many more adventures ahead of us," Mr Tiger tells Betsy at the end of the story – which is good news for Gardner's fans.