Catch Us If You Can-Can: Alex T Smith
(Hodder Children’s Books, 2012)
Alex T Smith is another favourite in the Chaos household, with the wonderful Claude series and Ella. Catch Us If You Can-Can is a sequel to Egg, which we haven’t read, but it works just as well as a stand alone book which is how we’ve enjoyed it.
Let me introduce you to Foxy DuBois, a fox with big ideas, and Alphonso, an alligator with attitude.
This is the story about how, one day, it all went horribly wrong for them both.
Foxy DuBois is down on her luck, but there’s a dancing competition that could just solve that problem. There’s just two drawbacks: she needs a dancing partner, and the competition is for birds only. How a fox and an alligator enter a dancing competition for birds, and what happens afterwards is just… brilliant!
The style is 1950’s America (I think!) and the art is exquisite. From the playbill style copyright page to the dazzling end papers, this book is a beauty to behold. Foxy and Alphonso are wonderful characters, slightly naughty, a little surreal and most of all fun.
Catch Us If You Can-Can was published in hardback on 2 August 2012. Egg is available in paperback.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Catch Us If You Can-Can by Hachette Children’s Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.
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