by Sally Sutton
Illustrated by Kirsten Richards
I couldn’t wait to open the covers of this book – the illustrations are simply gorgeous while the title is captivating, encouraging reader and listener participation.
I soon discovered that each winged mini-horse comes complete with its own personality, and colour. And then there are the hijinx that perfectly match that particular character. And each illustration of each Miniwing is distinctly different so kids will be fascinated by them and perhaps choose a favourite.
Okay, so the story is about when this herd of Miniwings gatecrash a fancy high tea garden party hosted by the Great Aunties of two sisters. What follows is sheer havoc.
The fun begins when a three-tiered plate of mini-cut, triangle-shaped sandwiches is accidentally bumped. Of course, all those scrumbly treats end up on the grass. How will the sisters explain this situation to the Great Aunties? Will Mum understand it wasn’t their fault? No...Mum is too busy scoffing the one remaining sandwich, which happens to contain her arch enemy ‘cucumber’. For her, this results in a hasty retreat to the loo.
As a distraction, Clara, one of the two sisters, explains her take on the size of our stomach and digestive tract based on what she’s recently learned in school. Then she tags on how many cups of saliva a body can make in a day. These and many other fascinating little gems are scattered throughout the book.
Meanwhile, the Miniwings are free-riding in the girls’ summer hats, which they had especially decorated with artificial fruit and feathers for this occasion. Since they were greeby-gutsie over the scattered sandwiches, they now all have hiccups.
When the Miniwings discover that the remaining garden party high tea cakes and desserts are inside in the kitchen, they descend on it. One Miniwing, Moonlight, flies right into the super-scrumbly chocolate cake; he’s stuck there. Oceana falls right into the bowl of whipped cream...
Needless to say the high tea is RUINED!
So how can our two girls make this catastrophe better?
You’ll have to read this delightful story to find out.
Now, if you’re confused about any of the secret code words used throughout the story, there’s a whole dictionary at the back to explain words like fanglers, noggin-flash, owpie, redonkerous and many, many others. Who knows? You might even add these words to your own secret codes.
And added bonus right here: there’s a whole series of Miniwing tales listed at the back of this book.
Author: Sally Sutton; illustrations: Kirsten Richards