Ford Street, 2017
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
Glitch, a trembly, twittery,twitchy kind of bug built amazing creations from the things that he found on the rubbish dump where he lived. It really was a case of one man’s trash being another’s treasure. His best friend June was a much calmer bug as well as being the best billycart driver ever. Glitch spent his time rummaging through the mountains of mouldy mess deposited daily by the dump trucks trying to build June the best billycart ever. But even though he managed to do that, they had never won a race. Somehow, despite June’s brilliant driving, Glitch’s issues as the co-driver denied them victory.
So this time, June decides that Glitch will be the driver – a thought that terrifies him and has him seeking all sorts of excuses why not.
Full of alliteration that give it pace and rhythm this is a story that will delight young readers and culminates in something they will resonate with – having to put their brave on and do something that scares them. Great for getting the children to think about what they are afraid of and considering taking the first step to vanquish it. Andrew Plant, illustrator of the magnificent Spark and the brilliant The Poppy has really let his imagination go wild and got down and dirty amongst the rubbish heaps to bring the story to life and show how the most mundane things can be repurposed. With makerspaces the current big thing in school libraries, this is the perfect book to challenge students to make a billycart for a bug using recycled and repurposed materials.
Miss 6, whose first task at Joeys was to help build a raft from drink bottles, is right into recycling so she is going to love this. Such a strong message told in such an entertaining way.