Another of our Read Aloud short list which is proving very popular is ‘The Legend of Kevin’ by dynamic duo, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. When I arrived at school with this new story, there were plenty of squeals of delight…not just from the children!
In Kevin’s new adventure, Misty Twiglet, famous pop star, has just moved to Bumbleford, much to the excitement of Max’s sister, Daisy. When Baz Gumption, Misty's manager, pays them a visit, he shocks everyone by offering to buy Kevin for Misty’s new garden. No one is prepared to part with Kevin, who is free to come and go as he pleases between his nest on the roof and the Outermost West. But Daisy is tempted by the chance to meet her idol and when Kevin is pony-napped, Max and Daisy must come to the rescue.
Bursting with humour, ‘Kevin’s Great Escape’ is every bit as magical as his first adventure. Kevin is not the only creature to have been tricked into living in Misty Twiglet’s fabulous grounds; alongside some new faces- Cardigan Faun, Zola the gorgon, Cedric, a centaur and a little dragon called Belling- it’s delightful to see Iris the mermaid again! Neville and Beyonce (Ellie Fidgett’s guinea pigs) also make a reappearance and are pivotal in the rescue attempt.
Friendship is once again at the heart of the story and Max’s loyalty to his roly-poly flying friend is wonderful. The story romps along at a very pleasing pace with lots of action along the way. The illustrations are stunning as ever and the book itself is a thing of beauty with silver edged pages and shining stars on the cover.
With so much to recommend it, ‘Kevin’s Great Escape’ is fabulous follow-up to ‘The Legend of Kevin’. Best read with plenty of custard creams!
Kevin’s Great Escape Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
OUP ISBN: 978-0192766113