Book Review: Mango and Bambang – Tiny Tapir Trouble (Polly Faber & Clare Vulliamy)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Walker Books

Pages: 144

Release Date: September 1st 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

Mango and Bambang’s adventures continue in the third 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. When a small but mischievous tapir guest comes to stay with Mango Allsorts and Bambang in the busy city, things soon get into a rather troublesome tangle.

Review:

This is the third book in the Mango and Bambang series and it’s just as fun and charming as its predecessors. In this book, Mango and Bambang go to the seaside, meet a relative of Bambang, play in a chess tournament and deal with illness.

I loved the story featuring Guntur, Bambang’s tiny and very annoying cousin. He does his best to get between Mango and Bambang and make poor Bambang look bad, but their friendship wins through in the end.

There’s a family theme to this story, as Bambang wonders whether he really fits in with Mango, especially after an upsetting experience at the beach. They realise in the end that family is what you make it and their friendship keeps them together through all the trials life throws at them.

This is another beautiful edition in a fantastic series which I hope will be one of Little Moore’s favourites in the future!

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Book Review: Mango and Bambang – The Not-a-Pig (Polly Faber & Clare Vulliamy)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Walker Books

Pages: 144

Release Date: October 1st 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

A charming collection of four beautifully illustrated stories about the unlikely friendship between Mango, a little girl, and Bambang, a Malaysian tapir. Mango Allsorts is good at all sorts of things, not just karate and chess. Bambang is most definitely not-a-pig and is now lost in a very busy city. When the two unexpectedly meet, a friendship begins, filled with adventures, and of course, plenty of banana pancakes.

Review:

This is a charming collection of stories about Mango Allsorts, a girl who lives in a busy city with a busy father and likes to keep herself busy so she doesn’t get lonely. One day she meets Bambang, a tapir who is definitely not a pig. She helps him overcome some of his fears and he helps her with her music and stops her being lonely.

Mango is a great protagonist, smart and brave and resourceful, all the things you want a girl to be! Bambang made me laugh a lot, especially when he explored Mango’s apartment and experimented different ways of going up and down the stairs.

I loved the illustrations and colours in the book: this one is all purple themed and was just beautiful. Although this book is too old for Little Moore, I read it to him anyway and he seemed to enjoy – I think the colours and cute pictures helped to keep his attention.

This is the first collection of stories featuring Mango and Bambang and I’m really looking forward to reading more from them! The stories teach great lessons about kindness and acceptance and are definite keepers for Little Moore’s bookshelf for when he’s older.

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