by Karen McMillan
This is the sixth title in the Elastic Island Adventures series. I’ve read a couple of the previous five and am glad to see they are still coming.
Four main characters, two girls two boys, aged to correspond to the target readership of 8-12, are accompanied by two animal companions – a cat and dog with extra-special talents and appeal.
This time they are joined by an ice-cream-making and poetry-making parrot, and several other larger-than-life characters.
The magical elastic island that has taken the children on other fun adventures, this time transports them from their home in Browns Bay to a place largely inhabited by blue-footed boobies, one of which is the mayor of Flip Flop Bay.
But all is not fun on the day the companions visit, as a pirate ship sails into the harbour. They have met Captain Crook before. He is dastardly, dangerous, and a mean dufus. Once he is dealt with, things lighten up with the arrival of a crown-wearing king, a sarong-clad queen, quokkas, frivals, and lashings of ice-cream.
So, Flip Flop Bay has all the elements likely to appeal to young readers.
They’ll find the language clear and suited to their age group. And the formatting is appropriately informal and quirky.
Best of all, parents don’t get a mention.
See July 2018, June 2019, June 2020.
Author: Karen McMillan
Publisher: Duckling Publishing