Edgar loves his sister, Edith and tries to make her happy every day. This means searching out the most delicious treats. But who is this Inspector? He has a hat and a badge; he must be important – so when he confiscates the food, Edgar can do nothing. Or can he?
A picture book by Jan Fearnley is always welcome since it will be full of humour balanced by a neat sense of jeopardy. Edgar and the Sausage Inspector is no exception. The story follows a traditional pattern of repeated but escalating situations, ensuring the attention of the young reader. Fearnley’s illustrations are always noted for her strong lively lines and colourful palette. Here, they make full use of each spread, provide all the clues which are further emphasised by a clever use of vocabulary and fonts. The text, however, is always clear and uncluttered – a welcome design. It would be great to read aloud and share. Edgar is a cat of character, the rat a proper comedy villain who gets his comeuppance. And there is a neat use of the word ‘bad’ that references all its meanings, including the most contemporary. A delicious treat.