Arthur’s family are so annoying. It’s always Liam this and Liam that. So much Liam, it’s like Arthur doesn’t even exist except when there’s a good telling off to be handed out. Well, Arthur isn’t going to have it any longer. With survival tin in one pocket and lucky crystal in the other, he is leaving home…forever. Or at least he would be if there wasn’t a polar bear standing on his doorstep holding a suitcase bearing a label with his address on it…
Me and Mister P is a wonderfully heart-warming tale about a boy, his autistic brother and a very helpful polar bear. Utterly delightful from start fo finish, Maria Farrer explores the struggles that Arthur and his family face with tenderness, humour and heart while Daniel Rieley’s great illustrations add further depth and charm to the story. The whole thing is as warm and as comforting as one of Mister P’s polar-bear-hugs.
Brilliant, sweet and funny, it is a tale of learning to accept, to tolerate, to understand and to embrace each others differences. It is easy to be drawn into Arthur’s life, to empathise with many of the day to day challenges and to recognise the struggle of those living with autism.
How best to overcome life’s challenges and bring a family together…just add a polar bear. Mister P is awesome, adorable and is most definitely the coolest friend a child could wish for. Quickly settling into family life, Mister P brings all manner of fun to the lives of Arthur, mum, dad and autistic brother Liam. Funny, touching and meaningful moments are plentiful as the wise Mister P helps bring the best out of the two brothers and in learning to accomodate Mister P, Arthur is better able to understand his brother and finally become the older brother that Liam needs. Mister P’s stay may only be brief but his impact is forever and he unites the family in perhaps the way only a pet, or in this case, a polar bear, can.
A brilliant animal tale that will help children to better understand and empathise with those living with autism. Mister P is sure to win the hearts of every reader!
Recommended for 7+.