Title: The Misadventures of Frederick
Author: Ben Manley
Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark
Frederick is bored inside his mansion. He’d love to be outside having fun with Emily but there are so many dangers. Time and time again, he turns down Emily’s enticing offers to have fun outside. But Emily won’t give up that easy – can she convince Frederick there is more to life than playing it safe?
Written as an exchange of letters between anxious Frederick and free-spirit Emily, this book is about knowing your fears and doing it anyway.
There is something magical about getting to read the letters exchanged by Frederick and Emily and Emma’s illustrations really bring the scenes to life.
After countless times of asking Frederick to play, you begin to wonder if she will simply give up and stop writing, but then comes this fabulous spread which perfectly sums up what many of us would be thinking:
What I loved most, was that Ben and Emma let the illustrations do the talking when it came to the end…
Well, there is one final letter that gives this book a lovely little twist at the end, but I’ll leave that for you to discover for yourself!
Frederick and Emily are such relatable characters and the letters between them are a joy to read. There is a lovely message in this book for all of us, children and adults alike, about living life to the full and not letting anything hold you back.
Publisher: Two Hoots, Macmillan
Publication date: 19 September 2019
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion.