I loved going to the theme park as a child, the excitement of all the different rides, the delicious smells of hotdogs, candy floss and sugary doughnuts, and of course, meeting the mascots (Henry Hound being a personal favourite).
Unfortunately, the Happy Ranch theme park has seen better days and is set to be demolished leaving its resident mascots extremely upset, homeless and unemployed. Buck and Bronco have only ever known life at the Happy Ranch and making people happy.
With a Bronco Bus not-quite-full of laughing gas, a pocketful of Buck’s Bucks and a head full of dreams the rather naïve duo head out into the wider world to see what opportunities they can find. But are they just a couple of washed-up old mascots who need to get with the times? Can the duo put themselves back on the mascot map? Or are their days of bringing the happy to people well and truly over?
The antics of Buck and Bronco will ‘bring the happy’ to many a young reader as they laugh along at a pair who are out-of-touch with the times and very much out-of-luck. Bottom jokes and comedic banter are plentiful as Buck and Bronco journey around the Wild West on a mission to bring the happy.
Like all of us - particularly in recent times - the friends find themselves having to adapt to a changing world where robots carry out daily chores, crypto currency is spent and mascots come in the form of holograms. Despite ultimately realising that their mascot days are over, the duo find themselves a new place in the world and come up with a plan allowing them to spread happiness to anyone and everyone.
Buck and Bronco are a great pairing who bicker like a married couple and laugh like they are the very best of friends. This delightful duo help readers to understand the strength of friendship in difficult times and the importance of showing kindness towards others.
True to Barrington Stoke form, this read is printed in dyslexia friendly font and on tinted paper ensuring the book can be accessed by every child. The short and engaging chapters are sure to be a hit with even the most reluctant of readers. Steve May’s hilarious illustrations are bursting with energy and bring the comedic events to life.
Huge thanks to the lovely peeps at Barrington Stoke for this delightful book.
Recommended for 8+.