Ethan The Incredible by Jacqui Simpson, illus. Philip Webb, Alcora Book (www.ethan-the-incredible.com)
Sadly, this picture book is written in memory of a New Zealand boy called Ethan who died from a brain tumour in 2012. Parents can decide whether to share this with children – but if they don’t mention it, the story and the illustrations will still make for a happy reading experience for everyone. Jaunty rhyming text tells how the Kingdom of Forests is infested with pesky dragons. But Ethan the Incredible arrives on his trusty motorised scooter and vanquishes the pests. After that, there are a few princesses who need rescuing… But eventually Ethan has fixed all the dragons and helped all the princesses – so he roars away on his scooter to find new adventures. Philip Webb needs no introduction as an illustrator – and his zany cartoon pictures give added life to this warm-hearted book. It would be fun to read aloud to an individual child or to small groups in pre-school centres and new entrant classes (boys should enjoy it).
ISBN 978 0 473 28129 8 RRP $23.00 (from website) Pb
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman