Posts Tagged ‘Badger the Mystical Mutt and the Sparkle Bandits’

** My thanks to the publisher for our copy of this book **


At the annual Cloud Summit in The Mopery, there s a dastardly plot afoot to snatch the North Star and stop its return to the North Pole. If the plan succeeds then the world will darken and Christmas won’t happen. Accompanied by a snow goose in pink wellies and an award winning super-dog, will Badger and his new friends survive The Bobsleigh Burrow and the Panic Station and manage to rescue the star before the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve? And will Badger really abandon his grumpy cloud friend Nippy Nimbus once and for all, to save Christmas? With so much at stake, the Mystical Mutt needs his haphazard spells to work more than ever.

Our Thoughts:
Although this was the first of the series that we’d read, I think it’s fair to say we will be buying a few more of the books to enjoy!
The writing is exciting and snappy, meaning that younger readers aren’t getting bogged down with too many words while waiting for the next thrilling event in the narrative. We found that part the way through reading we’d pause to speak about the descriptions of things – asking my daughter to tell me what she thought Nippy Nimbus looked like and she would happily grab her pencil case to try drawing her version of the cloud.
Equally, for grown ups reading the book (along with the child, or on their own), there is wit and humour sprinkled in the narrative, but be warned, you may end up having to explain why you’re giggling to a younger one who may not have got the joke.

The adventures and laughter start at the opening pages of this book, and you find that it’s definitely one of those that falls into the category of “one more chapter”, and soon you’re so hooked that you don’t want to put it down! We ended up changing this from a bedtime reading book to an afternoon treat as it was almost too exciting to read before my daughter went to bed! There’s plenty to make you think when reading this, important topics such as friendship, trust and love appear and make a good starting point for conversation or help the intended age range understand a wee bit better.

A really fun book (& series) aimed at ages 5-9, but enjoyable for all readers!

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