Published in Reading Time November 2011
This is a loud, fun book about Warduff, a cool cat who ‘out-sly’s a fox and saves his friends.
When Warduff gets the distress call from his farmyard friends, he isn’t flustered. “Keep your feathers on,” he says, with the dry humour which typifies both the story and pictures. Inspired by a corncob, of all things, Warduff calmly executes his plan, creating the highlight of the book: the monstrous Gronklenork.
This story gives the reader the basic satisfaction of seeing a bully scared. The language used makes it a pleasure to read again and again, with funny details to be found in the pictures.
What I particularly enjoyed about this book was the unusual colours, such as avocado green, warm custard yellow and dusty mauve. There are no standard primary colours here! The title page explains that Mat Head has hand drawn in black and white line, scanned, coloured and then rendered in Photoshop.
This story is simple enough for 2-5 year olds, but the humour extends the age range to the 6-8 year olds. Good fun.