Book Review - FLYING FERGUS: THE WINNING TEAM.
The 'Flying Fergus' books are written by Olympic champion Chris Hoy and award-winning author Joanna Nadin. And the buzz from Great Britain’s Olympics success will make this book highly anticipated.
Following on from their triumph in the District Championships in their last adventure, Fergus and his team are chasing success in the Nationals. But with 2 team members down, is it over for Hercules’ Hopefuls, or is it time for an unlikely truce with their local rivals, Wallace’s Winners? And can Fergus finally persuade his long-gone father to leave Nevermore and return back with him?
Overall, this is a light, fun & humorous read. The book is presented in a delightful way, with maps and character profiles, and with crisp, cartoon illustrations by Clare Elsom. These narrative elements significantly enhance the reading experience. There's no doubt that this book is intended for adolescents, and contains sophomoric humour sure to be appreciated by modern-day kids. However, there are some challenging terms and phrases. By way of example, on page 58, the character Chimp describes himself as not having “opposable thumbs or a prehensile tail”. Additionally, younger children are not likely to know what a “fancy man” is.
One of several books in the series, the story is great at generating interest in both casual and competitive cycling. Works well for young readers of both gender, and will sure to leave them wanting more.