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Tuesday 21 September 2021

Review: Four All at Sea

The four car friends from Four on the Run, return with fame and new adventures. 

In Four All at Sea, the personification of the characters and the objects that surround them, steer the story through dialogue and point of view with humour.

Flash, Fergie, Lady and Maxie have tasted success after living on the farm in unintended neglect. Now, with shiny new paintwork that matches their stardom, they are travelling for the first time overseas on a ship with their owner Mrs Brown, to film their first movie with Peachey Productions.

Housed in a container with a bright interior, the cars all look forward to this new adventure into the flashy world they have entered.

Bad weather sets in and the ship starts to rock. They don’t understand what is going on. The ship assures them they are safe, but a darkness closes over them as their container is washed overboard.

Landing on a beach, they work as a team to push the door open. Amazed at the beauty of the desert island and the palm grove they find themselves on, their first consideration is to move to safety away from the water.

When Fergie goes to investigate their surroundings and returns followed by a rusty tank that believes they are invaders come to destroy him, the friends are faced with new challenges.

The four must use cunning to find a way to attract attention so they can be rescued. When a navy warship answers their distress call, new developments add a hero to their experiences.

Illustrated short chapters, a fast-moving storyline and trim size with themes of friendship and team spirit, this second book about the adventures of the talking cars will delight early readers and kids that find longer books overwhelming.

Title: Four All at Sea
Author: Sophie Masson
Illustrator: Cheryl Orsini
Publisher: Christmas Press, $13.99
Publication Date: 1 September 2021
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780648815419
For ages: 6+
Type: Junior Fiction