Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, I am delighted to be reviewing ‘Harvey and the Moon Bus’ on my blog tour. Thanks also to the publisher for the ARC.
“Harvey is a grey cat with big green eyes and a long bushy tail, who loves wearing his favourite pair of blue dungarees. What a lovely sunny morning, Harvey thought, just the sort of day for an adventure.”
A beautifully-illustrated story about anthropomorphic animals who have a fantasy adventure together.
An underlying theme and moral message which is the importance of helping people.
A fantastical adventure story for children 5-7 years old.
Harvey sees his friends, Chester and Nelly, heading for the corner shop and boarding the Moon Bus, so he decides to join them. Harvey sits next to a grumpy grey rabbit. The Moon Bus takes off and flies through space and lands on the Moon and they all head off to The Moon Rock Sweet Emporium in Moon Crater Alley.
Harvey loses Chester and Nelly – so when he sees the grey rabbit heading for a nearby circus tent he decides to follow him, where he meets a small mouse called Gretel. But they only have 15 minutes to reach the Moon Bus before it leaves for the day!
Gretel tells him the magic mats on the Helter Skelter will take them to the Moon Bus really quickly. The magic mat flies over the cobbled streets towards a huge crater but Gretel falls out of Harvey’s pocket and starts plummeting to the ground. Harvey manages to grab her safely. As the Moon Bus is about to take off, Harvey uses the last of his three wishes to catch it and jumps on board.. They look out of the window and see the grey rabbit running along the runway after the Moon Bus… But will he catch it in time?
What does TWG think?
I read this to my little five year old before bed last night and, even though I said that I would only read a couple of chapters, I ended up reading her the entire thing. It’s safe to say that she certainly enjoyed it, especially as it contained animals!
The story of Harvey, the moon bus and his friends, was such a pleasure to read, however I did find that the general flow of the story wasn’t so seamless in terms of how it was told.
That aside, I thought that the theme of right from wrong was such a clever and well thought out addition to the book. My daughter was not amused that someone wasnt being nice, but she knew straight who the character was that made things better.
‘Harvey and the Moon Bus’ is the ideal bedtime story for both adults and children alike.