This is a review post
We’re fast becoming big Jan Fearnley fans in this house; it all started with Little Robin’s Christmas and then I bought Watch Out Wilf for the princely sum of 75p from a charity shop without noticing it was one of her books. Now Egmont Press have kindly sent us this book and it’s become one of Matilda’s favourites.
Part of it I think is the fact there is a wolf in the book, she’s completely obsessed with the three little pigs so having a wolf in this book probably appeals to her. Although in this case the wolf is the hero not the villain!
The style of this book has a little bit of Roald Dahl about it, both in terms of the illustrations but also the fact the wolf ends up gobbling up some princesses. That certainly is a big tick for me as a big Roald Dahl fan (where do you think the name Matilda comes from?) and adds to the appeal of this book.
The basic premise of the story is that the wolf tries to help a prince who has been turned into a frog by persuading a princess to kiss him. In return the prince has promised to help the wolf pull up an enormous turnip (hence the title) but then double crosses him and gets eaten up!
My only issue with all this is that the wolf constantly tries to sell the fact he’ll share some turnip stew with people if they help him. Surely it’s no surprise that they’re not interested, it’s no beef and ale stew is it? Not sure I’d call an enormous turnip delicious.
But if we ignore that minor point this really is a very nice book and Matilda most definitely agrees. She loves that the wolf eats up the princesses with a ‘snappety snap snap’ and also does all the kissing sound effects as the princesses kiss the frog. However like me she doesn’t seem entirely convinced that a turnip stew is that attractive.
We’ll definitely be on the look out for some more Jan Fearnley books and if you spot either this one or Watch out Wilf somewhere I do recommend you give them a try.