Sunday, December 25, 2016

Adventures of Plonk, by Joan Davies

Joan Davies first published The Adventures of Plonk in 1944.  Her proud daughter has now republished The Adventures of Plonk to be enjoyed by a new generation of readers.  Before I realized the date of original publication, I thought Plonk had a distinctively retro feel.  Now it makes sense.

Plonk is a . . . I don't know what.  It looks sort of like an ant with long legs, but is the size of a horse.  Plonk wanders far from home, has some adventures, including some forced labor and friendship with a gnome and a fairy.  He learns some lessons and makes some friends.

The story is sort of cute, the drawings are sort of weirdly engaging, but as a whole the book didn't do a lot for me.  If Plonk  was part of your childhood, you might pick it up for nostalgic reasons to share with your grandkids.  Otherwise, I'm not sure it will grab you.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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