The Green Ambulance Caper by Alan Horsfield
Published by JoJo Publishing
‘Have you ever described someone as a couch potato or called a dud car a lemon? How do you think this makes a potato or lemon feel? Tiffany finds out it’s not fair to plants.’
Tiffany whilst cruising on her bike, happens across a quirky duo, Bindi and Dusty Thorn, who in their noisy green ambulance rescue all things leafy. From a safe distance, Tiffany curiously watches on as the two tackle a wild plant in a scared neighbour’s yard. After the commotion, Tiffany cannot help but be caught up in the zany enthusiasm of these two characters, who form the Emergency Garden Rescue Services (EGRS) team, and she decides to help them solve the mystery of the out of control weeds and the notorious Topiary Twins, Nettle and Thistle.
The story is a fun, quick witted, high paced read, which charges through Tiffany’s neighbourhood. The interactions between Bindi and Dusty Thorn are a laugh a minute, and their different perspective on life in our gardens, creates some lovely environmentally positive ideals to ponder. The writing is sharp and a pleasing twist occurs at the end which will satisfy the mystery buff in anyone.
Alan Horsfield, along with the entertaining illustrations by Jan D’Silva (which you will find scattered throughout the book), have provided a deliciously creative take on our own back yards, and anyone, especially those with a green thumb will love it. I really enjoyed the thyme, sorry Dusty, I mean time that I spent in their wonderful world.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Alan Horsfield
Illustrator: Jan D’Silva
Title: The Green Ambulance
Publisher: JoJo Publishing
Published: September 2014