#lol! I was laughing out loud reading #Tumeke! So many little details, funky illustrations and laughs!
This book centers around plans for a Waitangi Day celebration for Newtoun School, a planning committee is formed, and minutes are taken by adults and students. The many characters are written authentically and with humor, from new student Monty struggling to fit in a new school to Constable Piripi “Need to watch that lolly cake. Potentially deadly. Or at least highly addictive. I’ll have to outlaw it shortly (law enforcement joke there).”
It’s a “multimedia mash-up", with fabulous collages for the local Community Noticeboard pages that are like a snapshot in time, these pages were my favourite and I came back to them several times to read all the little details (in case I’d missed any and to have a chuckle again!). Each page is different and engaging, from ‘a good first draft’ of the event poster for the Tumeke celebration to faux screen shots of text conversations and a fractions assessment that my 10-year-old self could relate to, it’s a visual feast!
Young readers will be engrossed in text lingo and the varied nature of the storytelling, from texts, tweets, letters, emails and flyers etc. making it an accessible read for keen and reluctant readers alike.
Author: Michael Petherick
Illustrator: Paul Beavis
Publisher: Massey University Press
Date of Publication: 2019
Reviewer: Louana McCormack, Opaheke School, Auckland
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
Opening sentence? Brand new school.
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