Sunday, May 5, 2019

Book review of The Amazing Adventures of Wobblin' Wobin by Tony Rocca

French Village Diaries book review The Amazing Adventures of Wobblin' Wobin Tony Rocca
The Amazing Adventures of Wobblin' Wobin

The Amazing Adventures of Wobblin’ Wobin by Tony Rocca 

Summary:

Meet Robin, or rather, Wobin: a metal garden ornament transported from England to the beautiful French Riviera. He's lonely and can't speak French. Neither can he fly, which is a bit unfortunate for a bird. This is his story about learning to fly and being brave.

My Review:

This is a sweet tale about a little bird, built in a shed in London, who finds himself at the Chelsea Flower Show where he is sold to an elegant French lady, who thinks his wobbling will be the perfect thing to deter the pigeons on her balcony in Cannes on the French Riviera. Lucky Wobin!

He soon makes friends with a blackbird and two doves and then the fun really begins. They want him to be able to fly with them and to see the sights on the Riviera, despite him being a metal ornament. With the help of his friends, lots of perseverance and a sense of adventure, Wobin takes to the skies and explores Cannes, Nice, the islands of Sainte Marguerite and Saint Honorat, and Monte Carlo, learning all about them from his knowledgeable dove guides. 

Poor Wobin has a few mishaps and run-ins along the way, with bullying pigeons and seagulls, and a gang of streetwise Magpies, but he soon learns to hold his own. There were a few topics that surprised me for a children’s book, like drinking too much wine at the monastery and feeling hungover, but I loved Wobin's determination and the power of friendship that came across. The illustrations at the beginning of each chapter were beautiful and I really enjoyed being taken along for the bird’s eye view of the Riviera too.
 
French Village Diaries book review The Amazing Adventures of Wobblin' Wobin Tony Rocca
Illustrations by Fulvio Testa

Information about the Book

Title: The Amazing Adventures of Wobblin’ Wobin
Author: Tony Rocca
Release Date: 30th April 2019
Genre: Middle Grade
Page Count: 182
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

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French Village Diaries book review The Amazing Adventures of Wobblin' Wobin Tony Rocca
Tony Rocca and Wobin

Author Information

Tony Rocca’s writing career has spanned 30-plus years as a London journalist, notably with the Daily Mail and Sunday Times, during which time he has been a reporter, sub-editor, foreign correspondent and features editor. He has written five books and is widely travelled, having once owned a vineyard in Tuscany that brought him success as an accidental winemaker. He tells the story amusingly in his first book, Catching Fireflies (‘A welcome change in a climate of clichés’ – International Herald Tribune). A second book, Memories of Eden, concerned the Jewish community of Iraq and was equally well received. His first novel, You Send Me, followed. This new book for children, set on the French Riviera where he now lives, is a further example of his versatility as a writer.   

 
French Village Diaries book review The Amazing Adventures of Wobblin' Wobin Tony Rocca
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