Review: Monsieur Le Chef, by Milo McGivern

Monsieur Le Chef  by Milo McGivern 
Genre: Children’s 
Age: 8 – 12 

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Far across the sea and hidden by mist, lies a mysterious island. A bizarre place, populated by talking animals, that doesn’t appear in any atlases. A land that somehow continues to change its position on the planet each day, to prevent it from being found by humans. Welcome back to the Island of Animaux!

The five new tales in Monsieur Le Chef pick up where the last ones left off. Aubrey the Turkey continues to get up to his old mischief. In one story he imagines he is a great chef, until Clifford Platypus gets mixed up with preparations for the main course. In another tale Aubrey presents himself as a great explorer, to save poor Walli Hog. The arrival of his sister forces Aubrey to face his lack of bravery. And the three friends come together to play in an exciting football cup final. Other old friends reappear and new creatures, some sinister, are also introduced. Stories packed with fun, silliness, naughty behaviour and happy endings.

Please enjoy the stories. And don’t be afraid to laugh, particularly at Aubrey’s expense. But please, please, please – continue to remember to keep the latest position of the island top secret!

My Review

Thanks to the author for my copy of this book and to the good people at Love Books Tours for organising this blog tour.

I enjoyed the first collection of short stories from Animaux, and this collection of five stories about Aubrey and his friends was just as good. Actually, I think they were better. I barked a laugh a few times as the old turkey gets his comeuppance every time.

It’s a strange set-up, a turkey, a warthog and a platypus live together in a house on an island that is home to talking animals. In the stories they hold a dinner party without any food, play football, make amends between Aubrey and his older sister, get trapped by carnivorous plants and eat noodles. Not in that order. They have a lot of fun and Aubrey learns to not be a bully and to be grateful to his friends.

The primary lesson of these five short stories is that if you love someone, you shouldn’t be horrible to them, and if someone loves you, they shouldn’t be cruel to you. If they are you should stand up to them. If they are a good person underneath, they will realise what they are doing is wrong and apologise, and reflect on why they behave the way they do.

McGovern tells stories with lessons that are also funny and have interesting characters. I enjoyed the illustrations too.

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