My grateful thanks to the author Bryony Supper for a copy of The Inventing Tubes in return for an honest review.
The Inventing Tubes, published by Matador on 7th November 2016, is the first in a series of pasta character based stories for children aged 4-7 and is available for purchase in paperback here.
The Pasta Kidz and Petz Adventures Books
‘The Pasta Kidz™ and Petz Adventures’ are humorous, zany, magical and chaotic stories that bring together the pasta-themed Kidz – including Sarah Spaghetti, Rikki Ravioli, Camilla Cannelloni and their creative Petz – Mumbo the Macaroni Dog, Spud the Spaghetti Horse and Val the Vermicelli Snake together in unusual circumstances, engaging with strange magical objects that have a life of their own. The songs, music and humour, told in specially invented pasta language, will engage 4-to-7 year olds in a fantasy world of friendship.
The plots and messages reinforce how the Kidz are unique, with different personalities and their own needs. Each tale shows how they help each other, usually with their own individual Petz, and throughout the series we see how their personalities and friendships develop especially when encountering new characters, like the evil and huge Pasta Beasties!
The Inventing Tubes
In The Inventing Tubes, the first Pasta Kidz™ adventure in a series of up to forty books, Sarah and Marc Macaroni try their hand at inventing fun objects – and get a very grumpy PastaBall to play football with. But Sarah proves that the sport is not just for boys and she tries her hand at inventing her own ball! Every highly-branded Pasta Kidz™ and Petz story, illustrated in beautiful, full-colour detail, contains a moral message and will both inform and entertain young readers.
My Review of The Inventing Tubes
When you’re inventing something, be sure to follow all the instructions properly.
I’m going to begin this review by getting a negative out of the way first. Regular readers of Linda’s Book Bag will know I have a bee in my bonnet about literacy and I didn’t like the way Kidz and Petz were spelt, even though I appreciate they represent a type of brand in the story. I always want to model correct spellings for children.
That aside, I thought The Inventing Tubes was a story that would grasp the imagination of children and that they would thoroughly enjoy. There’s lots of rhyme and rhythm for children to explore and develop their vocabulary and I liked the glossary of terms in the Pasta Vocabulary at the end of the book as it would encourage children to play with language and experiment with sound and meaning. The alliterative names of the children add a further linguistic dimension and I liked the fact that there is some diversity of ethnicity too.
The colourful, bright illustrations add a vibrancy to the story and the illustrator Julian Bray is to be commended for them. The use of pasta in the character images is inspired and so clever. I can see this prompting pasta art and collage in the home too so that The Inventing Tubes would be a catalyst for further learning and play opportunites.
There are several morals to explore in this story. There’s friendship and sport although the feminist in me would have liked Sarah Spaghetti to have led the way in the inventing rather than Marc Macaroni!
The book ends on a cliffhanger that some children might find difficult to deal with, but it certainly helps them understand delayed gratification as well as being a great marketing tool as they’ll definitely want to know what happens next.
Vibrant, entertaining and fun, The Inventing Tubes is the first in a promising new series.
About Bryony Supper
Bryony Supper trained as a professional actress at the Drama Studio, Ealing. From there she went into Repertoire, always playing comedy roles and has a wide range of experience from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to being a regular on ITV’s Gimmee Five with Ant and Dec.