Have you ever wanted to just blend into the background so that you couldn’t be seen?
Main character Jeremy, or “What’s his name”, wishes he could. However he did not bargain on the “blending in” scenario actually happening!
Jeremy finds he changes like a chameleon every time he becomes nervous. And so in amusing twists of narrative he becomes a Mona Lisa painting, a huntsman spider, a green bush and a tree, among other things.
Characters are interesting and amusing including “Banana Boy” and the bikie gang. This story does not stereotype people and shows there are many layers to all types of people. The action packed adventure is also highly entertaining for children, so there are no problems keeping them interested.
Beneath the hilarity there is an undercurrent of seriousness. Jeremy’s dad must overcome his fear of spiders after an unpleasant incident from years ago in which he was photographed by the local paper. By the end of the story Jeremy has achieved mastery over his impulses – an important point to emphasize with children in a world where impulse is often made a virtue to the exclusion of self-control.
Vocabulary is quite simple so this would not be a book to choose to extend an older child’s vocabulary. Illustrations are comical and include puzzles in Craig Smith’s inimitable style.
A former children’s librarian, Jane Fagan is currently a full-time wife and mother of two.