Far-Flung Adventures-A review

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Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell’s Fergus Crane was extremely enjoyable. Whimsical language, names and images portray surprisingly down to earth themes. The protagonist is a child who is aware of his single mother’s struggle against poverty, and worries about her. This is a story lower or lower middle class children will be able to relate to, especially in areas where wealthy families go to private schools and public schools do not offer the same standard of education. The book speaks against child-labour and greed, but somehow manages maintains a playful and light tone. Steward and Riddell do an excellent job of making their story appeal to children and do not under estimate the intellegence and emotional maturity of their audience.