This book is, in fact, a collection of short stories formatted into three small books. Each has the same characters and is a vehicle for the artwork of the very talented Terry Denton.
Fox & Wombat: The Whole Story is a witty collection of descriptions of the exploits of two mates, Wombat and Fox, who are accompanied by several others in a series of comedies of errors.
I would highly recommend this book to boys especially, and those between the ages of eight and thirteen. It would be of particular interest to reluctant readers and those with a taste for comic or cartoon-styled illustrations. It has small sections of text interspersed amongst delightful and detailed illustrations which make each story individually engaging.
The three books are entitled; Tales of the City, Summer in the City and Thrillseekers, each composed of three chapters making it an easy-to-read selection even though it is 374 pages long.
Each character and their various adventures will resonate with ever reader, reminding them of someone they know or an event that they have experienced. There are tales of torment and nonsense, of personal trials and success and friendships based on loyalty and understanding.
Reviewed by Leanne Caune
Rating out of 10: 8
Distributed by: Allen & Unwin
Released: December 2017