Title: Mango & Bambang: Superstar Tapir(Mango & Bambang #4)
Author: Polly Faber
Illustrated: Clara Vulliamy
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s fiction
Description: Mango Allsorts is a girl good at all sorts of things like making a tapir feel special. Bambang is that tapir and he thinks Mango is the brightest star of all. In this fourth collection of stories, the best friends nearly journey to the moon. But when disaster strikes will it be Bambang’s turn to shine?
My Review: Aww, I love Bambang the tapir! Mango, a girl who’s good at all sorts of things, and Bambang the tapir are the best of friends and they prove just how amazing their friendship is as they get up to all sorts of adventures. This paperback book is a pocket size, being smaller than A5, and has some lovely metallic bronze stripes on the cover. Inside the pages are made of thick paper and have lots of illustrations among the text of the story. ‘Superstar Tapir’ is the fourth book in the ‘Mango & Bambang’ series and although I haven’t read the other three books in the series, I’ve really enjoyed reading this one.
The book is made up of four shorter stories, each following on from the previous. In the first story ‘Snow Day’ Bambang sees Mango’s snow globe and wonders what snow is like. Mango finds a way to help Bambang find out. This tale is a very lovely example of friendship and I can’t help but love Bambang’s snow hat!
In the second story ‘A Night at the Fair’ Mango and Bambang go to the fair and have a wonderful time, but could something go wrong? I really enjoyed this story, especially what happens towards the end and the funny candy floss issue Bambang had!
In the third story ‘Rocket to the Moon’ Bambang’s friend Rocket the dog is determined to make it to the moon but when Rocket is missing Bambang starts to wonder if she really is on the moon. I love this story so much, it touched my heart and it also made me laugh, especially the illustration of Bambang posing!
In the last story, ‘A Tiny Tapir’s Tears’, Bambang’s cousin Guntur, the baby tapir, is a star on the big screen but Bambang worries about meeting Guntur, given how boisterous he can be. I loved the ending to this story, it was also funny, and you can’t help but fall in love with Bambang and his cute cousin.
All four stories feature Mango and her best friend Bambang the tapir who is just such a sweet character you can’t help but love this book! I didn’t know what to expect when I first started reading this, and I soon found out that the humans in the story and the animals, Bambang, Rocket and Guntur, can all talk and understand each other. Each of the four stories is not only fun to read but there are some really lovely moments, heart warming moments, showing friendship and how wonderful Bambang is, who is a bit shy and at times a little scared of doing things. There’s something really sweet and charming about this book and I loved all four stories, especially all the different hats Bambang has. Each tale also ends in a positive way with the last one putting a big smile on my face as the ending was just so perfect.
The illustrations probably have a lot to do with why this book is so appealing. It’s not every day a tapir is the star of a story but Bambang just looks so cute and quite realistically drawn too, but done in a way that you just can’t help but fall in love with this cute character (how many times have I said that now! 😍). I love the expressions Bambang makes and the way his snout looks! The pictures all follow a simple colour palette of various shades of grey, black, white and an orange/yellow colour. I’m guessing this colour is there because it’s mango colour. The simply coloured pictures fit perfectly though and show what’s happening in each picture well. I love all the illustrations in this book, not only of Bambang’s various poses, facial expressions and his different hats but I also like the way the images are quite simple, and yet have enough detail in them as well as looking funny or very cute depending on the moment.
Reading this fourth book in the series has made me want to read the first three! I’d recommend this book to all children, especially those who enjoy a bit of humour and a lovely tale. I’d also recommend it anyone older, with a soft spot for this tapir as you can’t help but love him and the fun adventures he and his best friend Mango get up to.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.
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