A real trip down memory lane! I used to choose Mary Plain books from the local library on our weekly visits when I was little. The stories have a quaint, old-fashioned feel to them, yet they are just as readable and enjoyable today as ever!
Mary is 'an usual first-class bear' who has a wonderfully egocentric view of the world. Headstrong and cheeky, she is both bear-like and child-like, making her unique and loveable.
In this adventure, she goes on her first 'svisit' to stay with the Fur Coat Lady, accompanied by the patient and kind Owl Man. Having climbed the four poster bed, fallen asleep in a dumb waiter, gone on a 'pic' without a 'nic' and worn a beautful striped bathing costume, Mary returns to the bear pit at Berne Zoo in Switzerland.
Using her wonderful 'Mary writing', she invites the other bears to a party at the zoo before heading off to London where she enters a show at Earl's Court. She wins (of course!) and returns home triumphant, wearing her rosette with pride.
The up-dated illustrations are just beautiful. Clara Vulliamy has captured Mary's spirit perfectly! The slight tilt of an ear, position of the nose, line of an eyebrow convey so much emotion in each picture, bringing the inimitable Mary to life for a new generation of readers.
This is the second book (I have just bought the first-Mostly Mary- trust me to do things backwards!) in what I hope will be the complete re-imagined works of Gwynedd Rae!
All Mary by Gwynedd Rae, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy
Egmont ISBN: 978-1405281232