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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Fennymore and the Brumella
by Kirsten Reinhardt
Age Range: 9-11
Fennymore Teabreak has lived alone since his parents disappeared a few years ago. He eats liver pate for breakfast, a home-made banana-split for lunch and in the evening he chews on a large celery stick. Fennymore thinks he is nearly eleven but he’s not entirely sure as he hasn’t had a birthday party for a long while. His great-aunt Elsie visits him every Sunday and they dine on her speciality, salt-baked Dachshund! Fennymore also has a sky-blue bicycle called Monbijou that thinks it is a horse.
When Aunt Elsie dies, (of Dachshund poisoning), Fennymore and his new-found friend Fizzy embark on a mission to find his parents. Falling foul of a strange silvery grey gentleman who lives in the woods and the evil Dr Hourgood, Fennymore’s problems are only just beginning. Why is Dr Hourgood taking such a keen interest in the mysterious invention by Fennymore’s father - a brunella, whatever that is?
An unusual quirky tale from German author Kirsten Reinhardt. The translation from German by Siobhan Parkinson captures all the zany off-beat humour and the black-and-white lined drawings by David Roberts compliments the text perfectly.