Mango & Bambang Tapir All at Sea by Polly Faber
Published by Walker Books UK
Mango Allsorts is a girl good at all sorts of things, especially helping a tapir feel at home in a busy city. Bambang is that tapir and he’s getting braver every day. But during daring escapades, involving dogs, dancing, diamond rings and a dangerous enemy, will Bambang remember the friend who matters most?
Mango Allsorts and Bambang have a very special bond. One of a true friendship. Mango is a girl who is especially good at all sorts of things, while Bambang the tapir is not, and finds himself in all sorts of unusual predicaments. Author, Polly Faber has combined four stories about this duo in Mango & Bambang All Out at Sea.
The first story is titled, A Hobby for Bambang. Mango helps Bambang in his quest to find a suitable hobby but he just ends up in all sorts of trouble. In fancy cakes and bake class, the tapir believes the problem is that his feet are not very good at managing fiddly things. Bambang tries ballet classes next, which ends in a catastrophe. A flamenco teacher arrives to see what all the noise is about and invites the tapir to flamenco dancing class. There, Bambang discovers his feet are just right for flamenco with all the drumming of his feet.
The following story, A Run in the Park has Bambang in a bother. He falls out of a tree and lands on an engagement ring in the middle of a marriage proposal and runs through the park with the ring stuck on his bottom, only to be caught by the dog warden and put in the pound. The dog warden makes it difficult for Mango and Bambang to reunite, and demands that Mango secures a proper licence to keep a tapir. And Mango, being especially good at all sorts of things, secures the challenge and is united with her best friend again.
The Museum of the Unusual is the third story in the chapter book. Cynthia Prickle-Posset is a collector of the unusual and captures Bambang by luring him with fresh banana pancakes, caramel sauce and chocolate sprinkles. Bambang becomes an exhibit in a museum against his will. He starts to drum his feet like in flamenco dance classes and Mango joins in. The noise and shaking and vibration from the dancing destroys Cynthia Prickle-Posset's collection and the tapir is rescued again.
The final story is titled, Famous Tapir. It continues on from the story before. Bambang becomes so famous that he is invited out dancing or to other parties, leaving Mango alone at home. There is a fracture in the friendship. Mango is so happy that Bambang is doing so well, and appreciated for who he is, yet saddened that their lives are taking different paths. But, Mango being a truly wonderful friend puts the feelings of the tapir before her own, and supports Bambang's choice to join the ship, the Queen Mirabelle, to perform his flamenco dance and travel the world. Bambang joins the ship believing he can do anything. And he can. But, he misses Mango so much that he jumps overboard. Luckily he is an excellent swimmer, and is reunited with his best friend.
Mango & Bambang, Tapir All at Sea, is a funny, delightful collection of four stories by author, Polly Faber, and illustrated by the talented Clara Vulliamy. It is the second book in a brilliant series for younger readers and makes a perfect first chapter book series. This book will become a favourite as the reader becomes immersed in the charming lives of Mango and her friend Bambang, who says about Mango, 'She's not my owner. She's my other half of two.'
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Polly Faber
Illustrator: Clara Vulliamy
Title: Mango & Bambang Tapir All at Sea
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: March 2016