I had the privilege to review The Lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish and Mr. Choli's River Trip for author Chris Wardle.
These are the cutest easy chapter books. It is best that they are read in order so the story line can be followed. Animal fans between the ages of 6-12 would probably fall in love with the animals. The animals take on human characteristics there are no humans in the story. I really don't know how Mr. Wardle keeps them all straight. I had to make a list of what animals were who and what role they play in the community of animals just to keep it straight. The animals work together to build their community. Each animal has a definite characteristic and role; some more important than others just like in human life. I'm hooked now. I see there are more out in this series; oh, no! my book list is very growing. Children's books just find a way into my heart. I guess it's the teacher in me. Kids need good clean books to read and these books seem to fall into that category.
Here are some animals the reader will find in this series: (the ones in color are ones that have books featuring them)
- penguins - Mr. Tinfish (read first chapter here)
- walrus - Mr. Vinegar (read first chapter here)
- cats - Mr. Choli (read first chapter here) & Mr. Ginger (read first chapter here)
- goat - Mrs. Cat-biscuit (read first chapter here)
- polar bear
- cane rat
- bats (flying ghouls)
- Spooky Gorge
- Daphne Woods
- Pine Forest
- Valley clearing
- the Coal Mine
- the abandoned town
Your child will explore with the animals in sea voyages and river expeditions, on a volcano island, in a secret mining tunnel, there's also an old abandoned (by humans, when they lived) town they explore. The readers will learn how the animals adapt and deal with flooding, hot harsh dry summers, food shortage, bitter winters, forest fires, and more. Overcoming hard times and challenges in life, dealing with new problems which require new solutions, and working together with what is dealt to them. The reader will learn how the animals handle these situations to make their colony run smoothly. Mystery and detective work is also brought into these books.
brief summary of these books:
The Lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish
'The lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish' is the first in a series of children's books which follows the humorous adventures of Mr. Tinfish the penguin and his friends as they try to cope with the impact of climatic change in their community. It seems that a sudden rise in the sea level is just the start of the problems that the ever-changing climate will bring. Luckily for Mr. Tinfish, the other animals and birds all try to support each other, and Mr. Vinegar the walrus organises the first of many expeditions led by Mr. Choli the cat to help the colony adapt to the changing conditions. The first chapters of all of the books in the Tinfish series can be found on the following website: www.mrtinfish.moonfruit.com
Mr. Choli's River Trip
'Mr. Choli's River Trip' is the second in a series of children's books which follows the humorous adventures of Mr. Tinfish the penguin and his friends as they try to cope with the impact of climatic change in their community. Mr. Choli is the head detective of the colony. He has gained his lofty reputation through his past adventures brought about by the changing climate. His expeditions have included finding a new home for his companions to escape the rising sea levels, the mystery of the disappearing river, and rescuing animals from Volcano Island. However, his biggest adventure is yet to come. This time he leads a boat trip to find new plants for the animals to eat as the plants at the colony are struggling to survive and grow in the increasingly hot conditions. The first chapters of all of the books in the Tinfish series can be found on the following website: www.mrtinfish.moonfruit.com
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A copy of The Lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish & Mr. Choli's River Trip were provided by the author for this review.