Todays book is ‘The Dunderheads’ by Paul Fleischman and illustrated by the fabulous David Roberts, published by Walker Books.
You are in for a treat with this one! The book is 56 pages long and for the older age range of picture book readers. As it says on the back,
“Meet Miss Breakbone. She shouts, she confiscates, she makes kids cry..
Now meet the Dunderheads, an unlikely band of children with extraordinary hidden talents, about to teach Miss Breakbone a lesson she won’t forget!”
The writing is great, everything you’d expect from a story titled ‘The Dunderheads’ and more. The characters names are inspired (Spider, Hollywood, Wheels,Spitball-now what could his special talent be I wonder??) and the story works so well, unlikely heros getting their own back. It’s a quirky story, with bite.
The illustrations are fantastic,as always, from Roberts-can you tell I’m a fan? The pages are a mix of double page spreads, singles, and panels dividing the page up. The characterisation is brilliant and beautifully compliments the writing. The illustrations are done in ink line and watercolours.
I was particularly impressed with his characters outfits, and he draws a very nice carpet! The compositions are very strong, oh its just fantastic, check it out! And for those of you who love it, as I’m sure you all will, there’s a sequel..”The Dunderheads Behind Bars”. I won’t say anymore for now, just that it doesn’t disappoint!