Wednesday the 8th of May, and time for another Shelf Control post. Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and is all about celebrating the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles. If you want to join in, simply pick a book from your pile and write a post about it, linking back to Lisa’s page. Do also leave your links down below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!
This month as I mentioned in last week’s post (here), my reading theme is 2018 books but for Shelf Control, I’ll be picking recently published books (broader year range) to feature. This week, my pick is a 2017 publication, and a children’s book, Superstar Tapir by Polly Faber (author) and Clara Vulliamy. (illustrator).
This is the fourth in a series of (so far) four books, which feature the adventures of a little girl Mango Allsorts, and her unlikely friend, a Malaysian Tapir, Bambang, who ‘meet’ and start their journey in The Not-a-Pig (2015).
Superstar Tapir, like the previous books in the series, features four short stories including one where Mango and Bambang have a ‘snow day’, another where they go to the fair, and one which involves a rocket to the moon. They meet a filmstar tapir, Guntur; a sausage-seeking dog; and even a mummy.
I first heard of this series when a Goodreads friend mentioned it in her review, and what caught my attention about the books was not only the charm of the stories (which came through so well in her review), but also the art work. Each of the books is illustrated (by Clara Vulliamy) in black, white, grey, and one colour, the first book in purple, the second, an reddish-orange, the third blue, and finally, this one a mango yellow (actually it could be called orange, but the colour reminds me very much of a ripe mango). The covers and pages between the stories are done in distinctive stripes–white and the colour in question.
My friend’s review really made me really want to try out this series, and when I found this one on sale last year, I decided to pick it up. I bought a paperback published by Walker books (ordered online, as most of my books are lately). I’m really looking forward to trying this out, as the characters and stories look really endearing and sweet, and I also loved the artwork as I flipped through the book.
Have you read this one or any others in this series? Do you plan to? How did you find it/them if you did? Looking forward to your thoughts!