On an island left off the map of the world live Betsy, her ice-cream maker father, her mermaid mother and a princess that is trapped in the body of a toad. A princess that can only be freed by an ice-cream made with special berries that are harvested under an even more special moon. With the help of Mr. Tiger and the tiny Gongalongs, Betsy and her family set sail on an adventure to save the bewitched princess and to free an island’s tiny inhabitants from a cruel giantess. But will they be able to save the day…
From a world of smartly dressed big cats, talking toads and bossy princesses comes a whimsical and quirky fairytale about Mr. Tiger, his troupe of acrobats, and a delightful island girl, the daughter of a mermaid and an ice-cream maker extraordinaire. Together, the eclectic bunch must join forces to sail to the island of Gongalong where they must come up with a plan to turn the moon blue and make the most delicious tasting ice-cream in all the world…Gongalong Berry flavour, the flavour with the power to grant wishes.
Lots of wishes, lots of ice-cream and a quest of the like that children could only dream of are sure to enchant and delight. Magic, bravery and imagination run freely in this tale where logic is left firmly at the door as nothing is impossible - even turning the moon blue, that happens ‘sometime never’ - and where a red ballon is happiness. As Betsy would say, this is one ‘Crumble cakes’ of an adventure.
Author Sally Gardner is a passionate advocate for dyslexic children and this title is produced in a blue dyslexic-friendly font so even more children can enjoy it. Complimenting the story are old-fashioned, cross-hatched style illustrations that immerse readers into this most endearing of dream-like tales.
Recommended for 7+.