Author/ Illustrator: Jan Fearnley
Release date: 5th July 2010 UK
Genre: Illustrated book
Target audience: 5+
Summary from Amazon:
How do you play with an elephant? Well, if you're Tiger, Cheetah, Monkey and Peacock, you don't. Tiger growls that Arthur is too heavy for hopping, and Cheetah is very unkind when Arthur asks to hold the string on his beautiful new kite. But when it starts to rain, suddenly everybody wants to be Arthur's friend - as long as he will do as he's told and shelter them from the storm. This is a beautifully crafted picture book that is complete with a gentle and satisfying moral.
Arthur and the Meanies is a beautifully illstrated picture book which is full of vibrant colours. It tells the story of Arthur the Elephant who wants to play but sadly the mean Tiger, Cheetah, Peacock and Monkies don't want to play with him. Arthur feels left out but luckily he finds Duck and Frog and they cannot wait to play with him.
The text and the illustrations work in great harmony together. The story is brought to life through the changing emotions that are communicated by the animals' expressions. In fact all the faces of the animals are delightfully individual and appealing. The illustrations are alive and very contemporary. Fearnley uses a mixture of textures, patterns, water colour and collage to great effect. Every page offers a new and exciting scene as Arthur searches for a friend.
I really love the moral in this story too. It teaches children that people will be mean and hurt their feelings. But a new friend can be found around every corner. Arthur chooses to stick up for himself and consequently ends out hurting the feelings of the mean animals. But through Arthur's journey children learn that forgiveness is important and so is learning from your mistakes.
Arthur and the Meanies would make a beautiful gift for any child age 5 and up.
Thanks to Egmont books for sending me a copy to review.
NB: This is my first review of a picture book. I still have lots to learn. I would love some advice on how I can improve in the comments.