Mr Glue Book Review : The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey
What a rip-roaring romance this is! Running away to sea, making a fortune, losing it, jail, escape, gangsters, being separated, re-united and setting off on a new adventure. Phew! There’s a big wide world out there people, go and make the most of it!
The book is fabulous, there is so much going on in each picture that you just want to keep on coming back to see what else you can pick out. There are nursery rhyme characters – hidden, and not so hidden. Cows leap over the moon, cats and fiddles lurk in the wings, there’s a glimpse of a laughing dog on a record cover, and frames down the side of the page filling in the extra details of the story.
There is poetry here, pathos, high drama, humour. (‘The Dish was broken and so was I. I let them lock me up and turned away from the moon.’ You cannot fail but be carried away by this grand narrative!
I don’t know if anyone’s made a film of this book yet, but if not, why not? Come to think of it, I think it would do well on the stage. Move over, Les Mis, it is time for the Dish and the Spoon epic to hit the West End. If you haven’t already, please get out there and buy this book!
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