Mr. Tinfish, the penguin, and the other animals of the colony are alarmed when the sudden climate changes cause a rapid rise in the sea level that threatens all their homes. Luckily, Mr. Vinegar, the walrus in charge of the colony, enlists the help of the cats Mr. Choli and Mr. Ginger to find a new location for the colony.
In the first of this humorous and engaging series of quirky characters, young readers will discover: Mr. Tinfish, the penquin who lives in the barrel-lighthouse with his family; Mr. Vinegar, the walrus who owns the hardware store and the self-appointed leader of the colony; the cats Mr. Choli and Mr. Ginger who spend their time investigating mysteries as the resident detectives of the colony, when they aren’t snacking on mackrel sandwiches; Mr. Taverre, the parrot who is constantly on the lookout for pirates; Mrs. Chutney, the walaby, who states the obvious and then explains it, and many other interesting characters who make up the colony.
The expedition to find a new location for the colony, the adventure of moving the entire colony to Daphne Wood, the mystery of the disappearing river, and rescuing the animals from Volcano Island, all combine together to make The Lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish an engaging and quick read.
Wardle has an eloquent style that might be lost on some younger readers, but anyone ages 9 through 12 will enjoy the flow of his prose. The only hitch I found was that the author continued to repeat descriptive phrases of the animals throughout the book, referring to Mrs. Chutney on many occasions as the one who states the obvious and then explains it, and others in the same manner. I felt once the reader is engaged in the book, he will remember the quirks of each character and these descriptors did not need repeating.
The charming and funny illustrations are black and white inside the book, but many are featured in color on the back cover and on the author’s website. I can only assume these illustrations are the handiwork of the author, since there is no credit given to an illustrator within the first few pages of the book.
The Lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish is an enjoyable first book of what I feel will be an amazing series. While dealing with a serious issue, the reader is pulled in by the quirky characters and their adventures, and will look forward to reading more books by Chris Wardle.
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- Publisher: Lulu
- SRP: $7.94