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Sunday 17 October 2010

Review: Wibbly Wobbly Street

All the streets in Squareton are neat and tidy except Wibbly Wobbly Street which wiggles and squiggles and curls in a very unpredictable way. Wibbly Wobbly Street is a peculiar street full of peculiar happenings and peculiar people.

The town council decide that Squareton would be a much better town if Wibbly Wobbly Street became straight and tidy, so they call in the street-straightener who promises to have Wibbly Wobbly Street straight and shipshape by the end of the day.

With a wibble-ectomy and wobble-otomy, the street-straightener turns joyful Wibbly Wobbly Street into boring Straight Street, but it doesn’t last for long. The laughter and fun return even stronger than before and even the town councillors realise that Wibbly Wobbly Street is wonderful just the way that it is.

Wibbly Wobbly Street is a lovely way to celebrate being different. At the end of the story the town remains the same with mostly straight streets and one very squiggly street, but the people of Squareton have realised that everything doesn’t have to be the same for their town to be a wonderful place. It is a change in the people, not the town that helps everyone to enjoy each other’s differences and celebrate together.

The illustrations are fun with very colourful, quirky characters in Wibbly Wobbly Street and very straight-laced executive types in the rest of Squareton. This book is enjoyable as a fun story for children aged 4+ as well as a gentle way to introduce the idea that not everyone looks at the world the same way and that makes the world a much more interesting and enjoyable place.

Title: Wibbly Wobbly Street
Author: Trudie Trewin
Illustrator: Cheryl Orsini
Publisher: Scholastic, A$26.99RRP
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781741695618
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book

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- this review by Susan Whelan