Morning my lovelies. I’m excited to have a few posts for you again today, starting with the blog blitz and review of Wombat & Jones: The Great Banana Mystery by Arran Francis, a wonderful audiobook aimed at 4-6 year olds…..
blurb & info
Wombat and Jones are excited to attend the famous Boris Beaker’s banana bread baking class and like many other friends in town they can’t wait to get to work on making scrumptious banana bread. However, there’s just one problem — before class gets underway, Boris discovers that all of the bananas have gone missing!
Boris Beaker and his disappointed students know there is no chance they can make banana bread without this key ingredient, but Wombat isn’t willing to give up that easily. Putting her investigative skills to the test, she gets help from her trusty sidekick — Furlock Jones — and together they attempt to solve The Great Banana Mystery.
Written by author Arran Francis, creator of multiple series for BBC’s CBeebies Radio, Wombat & Jones: The Great Banana Mystery is a funny tale about friendship, problem-solving, and teamwork. Simple mistakes and jumping to conclusions can happen after all, but Wombat & Jones try their best to put it right and learn from them.
Where to get it:
It can be streamed or borrowed from libraries too
I have to say, I may be 36 and not 6…..but I thoroughly enjoyed this! I listened to this whilst cooking dinner and loved everything about it.
The first thing that stood out to me was the narrator, who is fantastic. All the characters have different voices and accents, which made me laugh and made it really clear which character was talking. I was amazed that someone could do so many accents!! I wish she’d narrate some of the other audio books I’ve listened to! As you would expect for a children’s book, her voice is upbeat, clear and makes you feel like your friend is telling you a story. There are also aspects in the book where she talks directly to the listener and I love that. Fantastic work!
The story is brilliant too. I love the mystery of the missing banana’s and the fact that the most expected thief initially gets the blame, when it’s nothing to do with him. Not only do others think it’s him, he also is worried that he’ll get the blame which is so sad. This gives a fantastic (but discreet) moral message that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions and that mistakes do happen. Wombat and Jones are brilliant, and teach us about working together as a team. I literally love the name Furlock Jones and it made me laugh when I first heard it! The story is enjoyable and fun and perfect if you want to entertain little ears for short spaces of time.
The whole story is just over 50 minutes long, with the longest chapter being just over 6 minutes so perfect if your kids want to listen in bite sized chunks; or it would be a fantastic thing to listen to on a car journey to stop the boredom.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this fun, entertaining and brilliant audiobook and would definitely recommend it for your little ones. I’ll probably even listen to again myself one day!!
about the author
Arran Francis is the creator of multiple series for BBC’s CBeebies Radio and has worked as an audiobook producer on behalf of MacMillan Audio, Audible and Harper Collins. He launched Wombat and Jones Audio in 2019 with the aim of writing children’s novels to be released exclusively in audiobook format.
The audiobooks for the Daisy May’s Daydream Parade and Wombat & Jones series were released last summer with further books in the series and standalone titles being scheduled for publication in 2020.
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Thank you to Rachel for inviting me to take part in this tour, and to the author for sending over an audio copy. All views and opinions are my own.
Let me know what you think if you’ve listened to this too; or if you get it for your children, I’d love to know how they found it!
Back soon my lovelies