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. Volume XIII Number 5 . . . .October 27, 2006
Tony Bradman’s The Mummy Family Find Fame is from Crabtree Publishing's “Red Bananas” series. It is an early chapter book intended for children in grades two and three who are just beginning to read chapter books. To aid in the transition from picture books, this series is illustrated on every page. This volume is illustrated by Martin Chatterton whose pictures are colourful and, in many cases, take up the entire two-page spread, with text laid on top. Other pages are more text-heavy but always with colourful illustrations that take up half of the space. The pictures are cartoonish, some with word balloons and others with text in the picture, itself, to aid understanding. For example, the picture of the Mummy family posing with phony smiles for the t.v. contains the words “fixed grins” printed above it.
The Mummy Family Find Fame is the story of a family of mummies who live in the present and decide to appear on a television show in order to win prize money. What they don’t initially realize is that the show is not a game show but a reality-type show in which cameras are placed throughout their home and they are required to appear “live.” The television audience will watch them and other families, and the winner will be the audience’s favourite family.
Robert Groberman is a grade one and two teacher at Kirkbride Elementary School in Surrey, BC.
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