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The Great Big Enormous Book of Tashi based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Over the past few months, my eldest and I have been working our way through The Great Big Enormous Book of Tashi by Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg & Kim Gamble. I think the Tashi stories were fashionable in school for a while, which is how we discovered Tashi. I found this tome, which is the 32 individual books collected into one volume, and had to buy it.Tashi is Jack's neighbour and best friend (they are both about nine years old), and he's escaped by the skin of his teeth from some exotic country (which seems to me to lie somewhere between Russia and China. Where would that be? Mongolia? Uzbekistan? My geography isn't up to the challenge).Each story involves Tashi having to extricate himself from a convoluted predicament, usually with help from some of his myriads of relatives (with names like Third Uncle or Second Aunt). The situations range from magical (dancing shoes that let Tashi fly) to more mundane (being caught by a gang of robbers) and the villains and helpmeets, who can also be mundane or magical - such as demons - involve a cast of sometimes recurring characters, such as the evil local Baron or the good Princess Sarashina. Each story is richly illustrated with several pencil drawings by Kim Gamble.I like the way that Jack's parents are always eager to hear the next Tashi installment, and the way, after several passages that set the day-to-day scene (everyone chatting around the breakfast table, for example), you know that the Tashi story is about to begin when either Jack or Tashi utters the words "Well, it was like this ..."The stories are all fun, and draw you in without, I think, being too scary for young readers. You're always rooting for Tashi, who is a likable hero, and you know he's going to outsmart the villains somehow, in the end. I'm finding that they are good stories for 6-10 year old's to read out loud; long enough, but not too long.