Jack Dash and the Summer Blizzard

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

If you had a magic quill pen that made drawings real what would you draw?

Jack Dash's magic feather is pretty awesome but it's his first day at a new school and the head teacher is terrifying so the feather is staying at home. Or so he thinks!His friend Coco McBean has stolen it and drawn a penguin (called Pablo). And the chaos begins ... Giant Cupcakes, speedboats, and penguins aplenty - it's up to Jack to save the day again, but what will he draw? And why's it snowing in the middle of Summer? And do Penguins even eat pizza?

My Thoughts

This is the sequel to Jack Dash and The Magic Feather and I believe there’s a third one on the way which is good news, because this is great - a fantastic, fun roller coaster of a story from the very first sentence

There are some fabulously eccentric teachers - Mr Humdrum, Miss Rancid, Miss Frostbite who makes the children give her their tooth fairy money and Mr Wayward - a science teacher who claims to catch particles faster than you can say 'thermonuclear discombobulation' (which is going to be my new phrase from now on.)

To quote Jack the entire story is 24 carat crazy. Its a fun, slapstick, pizza eating penguin fiasco of a book.

There are wonderful illustrations by Judy Brown (my favourite is the penguin in Swedish National costume consisting of a brown paper bag, rubber gloves and a flower pot on his head topped off with a fluffy green Pom Pom)





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