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Book DetailsISBN: 9781921272981
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Book Review: Belt Around My Bum by Martin Chatterton - Reviewed by Boomert (06 Nov 2009)
With a premise that enjoys a faint resemblance to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this book of junior fiction for the 12-year-old reader is a fun frolic. Thanks to a love potion being bandied about, there are hearts aflutter and amiss, and it is up to the well meaning Willy Waggledagger to sort out the tangled romantic webs that have been woven. Not forgetting of course that there is also a wicked plot afoot by the King of the Faeries to wage a war on Queen Elizabeth for the prize of her diamondstudded belt, the young Willy has his work cut out for him. This is the second book featuring the young Willy Waggledagger, otherwise known as William Shakespeare, a creative approach at giving the legendary wordsmith a childhood--bound together with childish antics and mayhem. There are plenty of colourful characters and misadventures with the personalities lifting themselves well off the page. The dialogue employs an urban and a parochial tone that assists the reader to visualise the environment and the era within which the action takes place. Any narrative that introduces the junior reader to William Shakespeare, no matter how far fetched the plot, should be encouraged.
Martin Chatterton grew up in Liverpool, England. As a small child, he loved books by Dr Seuss and Richard Scarry, and later enjoyed reading Richmal Crompton, Agatha Christie and Ian Fleming, among others. He names Dr Seuss as the biggest influence on his work. Moving to London to attend Kingston University in the early 1980s, Martin graduated in Graphic Design. He then worked as a designer and illustrator in advertising and publishing. He has taught graphic design to university students and formed a design company. After living and working in the USA, he now lives in northern NSW with his wife (also a designer and illustrator) and two children. Martin has illustrated more than a hundred fiction and non-fiction titles. In the late 1980s he began to write his own books for children. He has now written and illustrated more than twenty of his own titles. He is the author of the Shakespearian comedy series that gives Andy Griffith a run for his money, Willy Waggledagger - By the Picking of My Nose (March 2009), A Belt Around My Bum (September 2009) and Chew Bee or Not Chew Bee (February 2011).
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