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Tuesday 8 March 2011

Review: Sally and Dave: A Slug Story

Sally is superb. She is a slug, yes. But she is superb. She's good at everything. She is sleek, slim and simply stunning. She is a sensational sportwoman. She can swivel on a skateboard like nobody's business and really is just all round super.

Then there's Dave.

While Sally slam dunks, Dave sleeps in his own slime.

While Sally snowboards, Dave sulks.

While Sally synchronised-swims, Sally synchronised-sips.

But one day the sensational Sally's life becomes seriously endangered. Seriously. Can Dave save the day? Can he get off his slimy butt and actually do something?

Comical illustrations by Arena round out a tongue-twisting book, high on alliteration and kooky cleverness. The language Arena uses is so charming and fun, you'll want to read out loud. And the illustration of the bird's beak hitting the ground is priceless. You can almost hear the DOING!!

Could it be possible? Could this unlikely pair make it through a sensationalised crisis and slide off into the sunset together? Well, I'm not going to spoil the ending now, am I?
Title: Sally and Dave: A Slug Story
Author/Illustrator: Felice Arena
Publisher: Puffin, A$14.95
Publication Date: 25 July 2007
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143501886
For ages: 4-8
Type: Picture Book