Having previously reviewed the first in The Pasta Kidz books by Bryony Supper, The Inventing Tubes, here, I was delighted to be offered the chance by the author, Bryony Supper, to read the second in the series, The Sorry Sticks.
Published by Matador, The Sorry Sticks is available for purchase here.
The Sorry Sticks
Victor Vermicelli and Val the Vermicelli Snake have been speeding in a No Snake Lane . When The Big Ticket arrives to tell them off, they call on the Pasta Petz and the Sorry Sticks to help them. After they have shown that they re really very sorry, The Pasta Kidz and Petz celebrate with a Pasta Parade, full of wonderful music from their pasta instruments.
My Review of The Sorry Sticks
Saying sorry can be more fun than you think!
I’m very tempted simply to refer blog readers to my review of The Inventing Tubes, here, as everything I said about that book is equally relevant to The Sorry Sticks.
I have a couple of negative comments as a couple of typos interrupted the flow for me, but I doubt the children the book is aimed at will mind! I would prefer a more consistent use of case so that the writing models good practice for children’s own emergent writing, but I think these elements could be used as teaching points too.
Again there is an imaginative story, fabulously illustrated by Julian Bray, with a strong moral underpinning that will enable adults to discuss with children how we make amends for thoughtless actions. I really enjoyed the humour with the Sorry Sticks all bumping into one another and apologising (though I’d have like lower case apologies!). The fact that Victor wears his safety helmet when riding his pastaboard models just the right behaviour for children too.
Children will thoroughly enjoy the onomatopoeic language and will be able to experiment with sound and rhyme as a result so that The Sorry Sticks will enable an investigation into language use.
I think that the wonderful illustrations in The Sorry Sticks, the opportunity to colour in a couple of characters, the Pasta Beasites, at the end of the story and the cliff-hanger ending will provide considerable fun and enjoyment for children.
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.