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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)
Prudence and Her Amazing Adventure
by Charlotte Gastaut
Age Range: 6-8
Prudence’s parents are calling her to hurry up as it’s time to go and they are worried they are going to be late. Prudence still has to brush her teeth, find her shoes and tidy up the mess in her bedroom but she’d much prefer to have a wild and exciting adventure instead.
Soon Prudence is floating amongst the clouds, experiencing an enchanting forest, meeting incredible creatures in an amazing tropical jungle, diving deep down into the ocean to swim with mermaids and flying high in the night sky to meet the moon. Prudence is having a wonderful time but eventually, her imaginary journey is interrupted by the voices of her parents.
This superb creation from French author and illustrator Charlotte Gastaut is so apt at capturing the vividness of a child’s imagination. By the clever use of design and graphics, the sense of urgency and frustration of Prudence’s parents is emphasised in the first few pages by the use of large text, both capitals and lower case that fill the entire space. This is followed by Prudence seen jumping and frolicking among cut-out clouds as she heads off on her flight of fancy. The magnificently vibrant artwork is interspersed with cut-outs and semi-transparent pages that are sure to enrapture young readers as they follow Prudence on her fantastical adventure.