|Bubbles by Malcolm Howard|
Today I am reviewing something a little bit different, but packed full of fun; Bubbles, a children's book set in a small school in a mountain village.
Angelique has long thin legs, long thin arms and a turned-up nose on which sits an enormous pair of spectacles. Her spectacles are so big that they look like magnifying glasses and make her eyes look very large. She normally wears black shoes, a blue dress and a red scarf, and she had just been awarded all her Certificates and Diplomas to become a teacher. But she needs a job. Returning to her home village at the foothills of the French Alps, Angelique finds her childhood school has closed! All she needs is determination, enthusiasm and ten pupils to re-open the school and realise her dreams. But Angelique soon realises that her daily adventures have only just begun.
This book, as all good children’s books should be, is great fun and engaging. Even at 45 I enjoyed reading about the small village school in the mountains with new teacher Angelique and her mysterious magical bubbles. Angelique is a schoolteacher with a difference and there are also some rather strange classmates, but by the end of the week everyone has made a special friend and I’m sure I’m not the only reader who would have loved to have joined in with their special play times too.
Within the pages there are bucketfuls of imagination, adventures, vivid illustrations (so important in a children’s book) and superb descriptions. I would have loved to have read this to Ed at bedtime when he was younger and I’m sure little readers will enjoy it as much as I did.
About the author:
Now retired Malcolm Howard lives in Walton-On-Thames Surrey. Malcolm has enjoyed a varied career from being a part of the Queens Surrey Regiment, to moving to the French Alps where he set up a Ski High School, now part of the British Ski Academy, before returning to Surrey to work for the probation service. In his spare time he continues to lend a hand at the local Council as well as visit the mountains in France where his son still lives.