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Friday 27 November 2015

Review: Gawain Greytail and the Terrible Tab

Raven Castle is infested with mice. Every day Sir Tristan of Twitstream, his wife and his six children have to cope with mouse droppings on their food, half-nibbled toys and chewed-up chainmail.

So, eventually, Sir Tristan hands over ten gold coins and buys the best mouser in the land: Tab the cat. Within a month, the only mice left in the castle are Shuffle, Snuffle and Scuffle, and they're skinny and desperate. With Tab guarding all the food, they've just about decided that they're going to have to look for another home when the famous mouse knight Gawain Greytail arrives to help them.

Gawain — dressed in miniature mouse armour, and wielding a needle spear — is determined to defeat the vicious Tab. And one thing's for certain, Tab has never encountered a mouse like Gawain before!

This is a picture book with a higher than usual word count, giving it quite a strong fairytale feel, but the easy-to-read font and detailed accompanying illustrations mean that confident emerging readers will still be able to tackle it — and enjoy the adventure!

Title: Gawain Greytail and the Terrible Tab
Author: Cornelia Funke
Illustrator: Mónica Armiño
Publisher: Picture Squirrels, $22.99 RRP
Publication Date: November 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781781125137
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book