Join shape-shifting Thingamabob on a journey of self-discovery in this simple yet clever picture book.
After the ‘Big Bang’ there were lots of thingamabobs and one by one they evolved into many different things, from trees to elephants, shells to DNA, Rubik’s cubes to ladybirds, origami birds to marbles. Pretty much every thingamabob become something, all except one. Thingamabob was sure it had a place but no-one quite knew what. Will Thingamabob discover it’s true calling…
This vibrant and quirky picture book is a fun journey of self-discovery that follows a bright orange thingamabob. Everything and everyone in life has a purpose and sometimes it just takes a little bit of time to work out what that purpose is. Thingamabob is one such thing and unlike its companion blobs has yet to find its place within the world. Not even the humans know what the little blob is meant to be.
After failing in various guises - you cannot be a basketball if you’re not round, a kite if you’re too heavy or an ice cream if you’re not sweet - Thingamabob is ready to give up. But then it meets a child who helps it realise that it isn’t just one thing, it is in fact many different things and that is perhaps the best thing that a thingamabob can possibly be.
Exploring topics of fitting in, finding a purpose and self-worth, Thingamabob is a clever and fun read that provides lots of opportunities for discussion with young readers. With plenty of amusing illustrations that pop with the fluorescent orange colouring of the main character, children will thoroughly enjoy adventuring with the little blob who has to overcome many failures before finally realising its potential.
With huge thanks to Penguin Random House for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 3+.