Lunch books are a wickedly sparkling series for children (and their adults)
to fall into with hilarity and glee. Cleverly chaotic words and messy, inky
images with line-drawings all intermingle in the most perfect, unexpected and
Applebum wants a turn on the monkey bars but Tamara Noodle is hogging them.
Again. So the two have a face-off (or hang-off, actually). Both of them know
that Tamara will win, but Melanie’s making a point. And that’s the point of
this story. Melanie stands up to the mean power of the monkey bar queen and has
a little win for herself in The Monkey Bars.
In The Bench Beside The Bin, Manny’s massive sandwich causes a stir with
his classmates, who investigate the contents with great curiosity plus communal
disagreement about beetroot. It’s pretty funny and quite ooky at the same time.
dress-up day in The Shelter Shed, Battie’s batman costume doesn’t bring
him superhero status, although he tries quite hard to save his classmates (who
are all perfectly fine and not in need of saving). Mrs Gonsha does, however,
need to rescue Battie himself, when he’s accosted by a little furry, white,
Continuing in the tradition of depicting children at their best and worst
simultaneously, this particular book shares ideas around resilience, standing
up for yourself, dealing with anxiety, friendship and fun.
All the new
editions of Little Lunch contain bonus stuff. This one has making
activities, a bored game, (worst) speller competition, smelly sandwich ideas,
monkey bar tricks and more. And Little Lunch is now also a television
series to boot!
recommended (except for the squeamish). Check out Elizabeth’s reviews of more titles from the Little Lunch series.
Title: Little Lunch: The Monkey Bars
Author: Danny Katz
Illustrator: Mitch Vane
Publisher: Walker Books, $14.99
Publication Date: January 2023
For ages: 8 – 10
Type: Junior Fiction