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MINTON GOES! by Anna Fienberg


Sailing and Flying

by Anna Fienberg and illustrated by Kim Gamble

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-74175-428-5
Publisher: Allen & Unwin/Trafalgar

A chapter book series in the fine tradition of Frog and Toad. Minton is a salamander on the go; optimistic and adventurous, he’s always up for a trip. Best friend Turtle, like gloomy Eeyore, is the resident worrier, warning Minton that killer whales will eat him, lightning will strike or a monster wind will blow them out of the sky. But Minton remains undaunted. Though writing for new readers, Fienberg includes some pleasing descriptive words and phrases (scudding, supersonic, “told-you-so stroke”) that help make this a terrific read-aloud as well. Gamble’s full-color illustrations on each spread are just the thing for a reader who is ready for early chapter books. Originally published in Australia, this series retains British spelling and word choices: favourite, aeroplane and petrol, for example. After each short story, an art project, usually involving recycled materials and requiring adult assistance, helps extend the story. The next two titles are Minton Goes!: Driving and Trucking (ISBN: 978-1-74175-427-8) and Minton Goes!: Underwater and Home at Last (ISBN: 978-1-74175-429-2). Jolly good fun. (Fantasy. 5-8)