I was so thrilled to be given the chance to review this book. I’m a huge Wallace and Gromit fan. I remember watching the series on TV as child and loving the simplicity and heart fun of the animation. I've since loved their feature length movie and I even have the DVD of all the episodes that never fails to cheer me up on a dull day.
For those that don’t know (if that’s even possible!) Wallace is a inventor who always has the best of intentions but his homemade gadgets often get him into trouble. His faithful companion is Gromit, a clever canine who also manages to save the day, yet rarely gets any credit for it.
This book is a collection of W&G comic strips, some of which featured in the Sun newspaper. The strips are all bright and colourful and each mini story is filled with fun. There are gadgets galore and plenty of puns to make even the most serious of grumps crack a smile.
The strips are great examples of the pair’s spontaneous adventures. Sometimes the two of them set off on a fun filled day and end up getting much more than they bargained for. Sometimes they start a new business, which don’t always go to plan when their homemade machines end up running amok. Other times just an ordinary day at 62 West Wallaby street turns out to be extraordinary, but the lovable twosome always end up safe and sound with a cup of tea and some cheese.
Speaking of cheese, it must be mentioned that along with inventing, Wallace is something of a cheese enthusiast. One thing this book is not short of is cheese; pictures of cheese, missions for cheese and lots of cheesy jokes. Extremely cheesy, but I wouldn't have Wallace and Gromit any other way.
There is a nice introduction from creator Nick Park and throughout the book there are stills from the animation which is a nostalgic touch. This is a great collection to flick through; a comic strip or two a day has kept me smiling for weeks.
This would make a great gift for a Wallace and Gromit fan or for anyone that enjoys comic strips. Charming and funny, this is a cracking collection perfect for readers young and old.