The Five Misfits by Beatrice Alemagna

The Five Misfits by Beatrice Alemagna author/illustrator of brilliant picture books like A Lion in Paris, Little Big BOubo, The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty.

One thing these books all have in common is that they are unlike any other picture books, Beatrice has a unique style.Her books are quirky with a style of illustration that is unusual for the picture book format (which is part of the appeal).

In this particular story there are five misfits, who all live together in a misfit of a house. None of them have achieved much in life and they didn’t particularly set out to either.

And then, Mr. Prefect flaunters in, who by the way reminds me of a cross between Ace (Arnold Rimmer’s heroic alternate universe counterpart in Red Dwarf) and Lord Flashheart from Black Adder.

Mr. Perfect, in all his superficial glory, makes the misfits feel quite inadequate and self-conscious. But they have something he doesn’t and this shows itself to be far more significant.

This is a brilliantly obscure story about the importance of being comfortable in your own skin and being thankful for friends and family.

Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.

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