Written by : Simon Puttock
Illustrated by: Matt Robertson
Published by: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books UK 2017
Ages: 4 – 8 years
Theme: uninvited, hilarious, dark humour
Opening Lines: Mr Moot lived all alone with his beloved pet Fluffywuffy. Mr Moot was not troubled by mice. He did not have noisy neighbours. And he hardly ever got any letters delivered…
Synopsis: Mr Moot lives a quiet life with his cherished pet, Fluffywuffy, by his side. He isn’t troubled by neighbours, or mice, or even the postman… But when an uninvited guest comes to visit, Mr Moot finds himself kept awake every night. If it’s not the sound of drums, then the noise of chainsaws and even motorbikes comes from the living room below. Luckily for Mr Moot, Fluffywuffy has a solution for how to deal with his (unlucky) guest! Kids will love this darkly funny story with a brilliant mischievous twist!
Why I like this: The author, born in New Zealand and now lives in England, gives us a humorous look at what happens when an unexpected visitor comes to stay. Upsetting a normally quiet life we can see in the illustrations that Fluffywuffy is growing increasingly unhappy about this noisy uninvited guest and secretly has plans of his own… Apparently. The illustrations are comical as is the text and all the while Fluffywuffy says nothing. Until the last page which shows Fluffywuffy smiling with oversized human teeth. I’ll let you decide on the last page… Is it too scary? Is it too weird? Or is it hilarious?
Resources/Findings: Author’s website… http://www.simonputtock.com/page3.htm
Illustrators website… http://matttheillustrator.com/home
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