Don’t Look Now written by Paul Jennings
& Illustrated by Andrew Weldon
Published by Allen & Unwin
When will I, will I be famous! That’s the song that comes to mind when reading Paul Jennings and Andrew Weldon’s new series, Don’t Look Now.
Ricky has always known he was different, in fact, his mother thinks he is a little weird. But Ricky’s not too concerned because one day he will show the world that he really can fly. Only problem is he needs to prove it to himself first.
Mum’s frustrated because Ricky thinks he can fly and Ricky’s frustrated because he knows he can but just hasn’t figured out exactly how yet. She even tries to bargain with him offering him a trip to Water World, the most fantastic place in the whole world that every kid in his class has been except him. ‘If you stop this silly business of trying to fly I’ll take you to Water World.’ But Ricky wasn’t in the deal making mood.
His attempts to prove he can fly come at a high price, his health. Shortly after yet another mishap resulting in falling from Dad’s shed roof, Ricky vows, once home from hospital to try a new approach. In his room reading his favourite comic, The Pterodactyl Ricky focuses on the comic in a trance like state and commands himself to fly. ‘Fly, fly, fly.’ He demands over and over. Finally Ricky’s suspicions are confirmed and he is airborne. Now his problems really begin.
A late night chat with his dad reveals Ricky is not the only one in the family who can fly. But what his Dad reveals next stands to ruin everything. He can’t be seen!
Straight away this puts a damper on the whole being famous thing. You see if Ricky is seen he will fall, depending how high he is flying at the time, he will almost certainly die. Let me clarify for you, if he is flying high amongst the clouds and comes face to face with a bird that looks at him, he will fall. Ricky cannot be seen by humans, animals, birds or anyone with eyes really. This makes flying very interesting and Ricky must overcome this obstacle. But how?
The four books each contain two short stories and together with Andrew Weldon’s illustrations create a sidesplittingly entertaining package. One thing is for sure adults and children alike will be laughing out loud at Ricky’s hilarious antics.
This brilliant series is excellent for early readers, I loved all four books but have to admit the first was my favourite. Hearing about the family heirloom Grandad left a Kangaroopoo key ring was hysterical. Paul’s master storytelling snuck up on me with a classic twist that I wasn’t prepared for. Genius!
In Don’t Look Now, Paul takes the reader on a journey, beyond rational whipping their creativity into a frenzy. You’ll find yourself asking what if…
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Paul Jennings, Andrew Weldon
Title: Don’t Look Now
Publisher: Allen & Unwin