I am so excited to share this book with you! It has got to be one of my favourite finds in the library so far, and it’s such a fun read I think I might just have to go out and buy it.
This week we’ve been reading The Man from the Land of Fandango by Margaret Mahy.
From the moment you read the first lines of this book you will be swept along by the rhythm and pace of the poem, and the fantastical antics that the man from the land of Fandango gets up to.
The story, written in verse, is totally crazy since this magical man is created from the imaginations of two small children – there is dancing with bears and bison, baboons on bassoons, tambourine-playing dinosaurs, and of course the eating of cake.
The illustrations are a brilliant complement to the zany verses, capturing the imaginary world beautifully. I had such fun reading this aloud to Rosalie; she seems to like stories with a good rhythm to them, and a few tongue-twisters to keep mummy on her toes!
Maybe it is just a silly nonsense poem, but not every book has to have a serious moral message, and it’s fun to encourage our children’s imaginations. I’m definitely going to look out for other Margaret Mahy books in hope they are of the same calibre.
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