Rhyming stories are a really accessible way for newly independent readers to enjoy longer and more challenging books and Mortimer Keene serves up some super slime-themed fun in his first outing in what is a series of books.
Mortimer Keene’s school is under attack. Not from humans or aliens or giant invading bugs, something far worse…slime! It is invading uncontrollably and has taken over the classrooms, the playground, the staffroom, the sports field, even the loos. Where will it go next and who is responsible for the this slimy situation…
The exploits of Mortimer Keene and his madcap and out of control plans is such a fun read. Featuring short chapters and hilarious rhyming prose that flow as easily as the slime flows around the school, it is an ideal read for newly independent readers. The awesome Chris Mould provides the artwork of which there is plenty. The choice of a slime green colour is spot-on and each illustration oozes humour and perfectly brings the mayhem and action to life.
Lots of additional content is included. Before the story there are character profiles for Mortimer and his teachers. Each profile is complete with a portrait and some funny information regarding a special feature, weak point and favourite phrase. These are all hilarious. Special features include wearing a bowtie, wearing a cardigan and having sticking-out ears. Whilst weak points include hating fuss and having no sense of humour. They are perfectly relatable to readers and are things that young children would no doubt say about their teachers. An abundance of extras at the back of the book includes: a labelled diagram of Mortimer’s Slime Machine, an entertaining A-Z glossary of slime, instructions for making slime, slime themed anagram brainteasers and a list of Mortimer’s other ‘projects’. There is enough in the back matter alone to keep readers amused for hours.
Oozing with gloopy slime and rib-tickling rhymes this is sure to go down a storm.
Recommended for 6+.