Little Lunch Triple Snack Pack by Danny Katz and Mitch Vane
Published by Black Dog Books
Fun comes in triple snacks in this chapter book, with three laugh-filled stories from the Little Lunch series, which is also a popular ABC Television series.
Gentle, creative Battie, sweet, nerdy Atticus, smart, ambitious and rather bossy Debra-Jo and stubborn, courageous Melanie are, of course, part of all of them.
Triple Snack Pack begins with the story of The Old Climbing tree. It’s a tree that has stood in the schoolyard for a very long time. Tamara Noodle loves it because it has low- hanging branches, great for doing chin-ups. Melanie loves it because…well…she loves all living things. Rory likes to hide stinky bits of uneaten packed lunch in the hole in its trunk. Battie uses it as his Thinking Tree, as he sits on a branch at Little Lunch and ponders deep questions such as Would a Venus Flytrap Eat a Vegetarian?
Debra-Jo has a different view; she is currently the School Well-Being Officer, but she’s also clumsy and she doesn’t like the tree because she trips over its roots when she walks past it. To Debra-Jo the tree is dangerous. She has complained to the school administration and now the tree is likely to be removed.
Soon the students are split into opposing camps-The Save the Beautiful Tree Movement vs The Stupid Tree Corporation- except for Atticus, who sits on the fence…a real fence.
Hilarious plans of attack ensue and the final resolution could well satisfy both sides.
The remaining two stories in the book, The Corridor Outside 6E and The Relationship, are very different, yet each as funny as the first.
Mitch Vane’s quirky and cheeky illustrations add more fun, while the chaotic use of bolding together with different font sizes helps urge the reader forward, thirsty to find out what happens next.
A must-read for middle primary children, while adults, too, may well relive their junior school days through these chuckle-laden stories.
Silly, sassy and simply terrific reading.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Danny Katz
Illustrator: Mitch Vane
Title: Little Lunch Triple Snack Pack
Publisher: Black Dog Books
Published: August 2016