Gawain Greytail and the Terrible Tab
By Author / Illustrator
Cornelia Funke, Monica Armino
Barrington Stoke Ltd
Sir Tristan and his cat Terrible Tab have decimated the mouse population of Raven Castle. Can the last survivors defeat the ferocious feline with the help of some homemade armour and a heroic mouse knight? A stunning Pixar-esque picture book from international bestselling author Cornelia Funke and Monica Armino.
Sir Tristan of Raven Castle has a terrible mouse problem so buys a Terrible Tab. The cat hunts down the mice until only three remain. The future looks dim, but luckily these mice are saved by the arrival of Gawain Greytail, a fierce mouse knight who teaches them the ways and leads them to defeat the terrible tab. This is a beautifully illustrated story aimed at 3-5 year olds according to the publisher; unfortunately I wasn't a fan of this book; it feels like one that has been written before and the target age range leaves the plot a little under developed in my eyes. There's a lot of text on each page for a picture book, and not much happens to keep younger children interested. I'd say it's better suited to the top end of the suggested age range. This book has some nice touches, but nothing about it felt original. Picture book / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Lizi Coombs, teacher.
Suggested Reading Age 3+