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Tuesday 9 May 2023

Review: Whingeville

Whinge. Complain. Bellyache. Grumble. That pretty much sums up Will’s attitude. Until one night a hot air balloon takes him away to Whingeville and the Whingeville citizens make Will their king.

Award-winning author Coral Vass has written an entertaining story with a strong message about the importance of perspective. Vass has expertly employed rhythm and rhyme. 

When I’m reading Whingeville to my two-year-old and five-year-old, the words roll off the tongue, adding to the dreamlike quality of the story.


The plot is familiar and the funny complaints, we’ve all heard from kids, will keep parents amused: ‘This fish is too fishy. These chips are too old.’

Bold and surreal, Aleksandra Szmidt’s illustrations add richness to the story. Szmidt creates dreamy landscapes and curious, quirky characters. The landscapes suggest a beautiful, magical place to live but this is lost on the curious and quirky residents. The story ends on a snuggled-up-tight, single-page spread. This together with the rhythmic prose, make it a great bedtime story.

Whingeville reminds me of the plot of Where the Wild Things Are which I am currently studying with my Year 1/2 class. I will be able to use Whingeville as a comparison text.

A top read! No bellyaching here.

Title: Whingeville
Author: Coral Vass
Illustrator: Aleksandra Szmidt
Publisher: Larrikin House, $19.99
Publication Date: 1 October 2022
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781922503961
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book