Mango and Bambang Tiny Tapir Trouble by Polly Faber
Published by Walker Books
One of the several books in the Mango and Bambang series this was my first introduction to this cheeky yet lovable tapir.
This book is set into four parts and follows Bambang on some pretty wild adventures. As he sets out for a relaxing day at the seaside he is mistaken for a “piggy monsta”, leaving him feeling unwanted and misunderstood. Mango, his best friend, is always there to cheer him up.
After saving a family’s baby, he is branded a hero and shows the family that he is a wonderful tapir not be feared at all. He manages to come down ill after the beach, and his trusty Mango won’t rest till she finds him a cure. They find themselves at the City Botanical Gardens to find tapir medicine amongst the tropical trees.
Throughout the book, it highlights the unique friendship and special bond between Bambang and Mango. They go above and beyond for each other. Together Mango and her friend George help the tapir get better and make a full recovery. Even when they get a surprise visit from Bambang’s younger cousin, wild Guntur who demands a lot of Mango’s attention. Seemingly causing a bit of a divide between the best friends. They both soon realise how much they care for each other and that they are not just friends but family. The family are always there for each other, and once young Guntur finds a perfect home in Hollywood with his new famous owner Minty Verbena, all is restored in Mango and Bambang’s world. Together again just the two of them and Papa as it should be.
I loved the Illustrations by Clara Vulliamy, they have a really vintage feel and are all in black, white and teal. They are the perfect accompaniment to the story and visually are so eye catching and set this book apart.
There are two other books in the series “Mango and Bambang The Not-a-pig and Mango and Bambang Tapir at Sea.”
After reading part 3, I am quite inclined to read them all. Would highly recommend this read.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Polly Faber
Illustrator: Clara Vulliamy
Title: Mango and Bambang Tiny Tapir Trouble
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: September 2016