Heroes can come in many sizes. Of course, we expect them to be tall, well built and good looking. We don’t expect them to be tiny, the size of a flea. But even a flea can be a hero and Hercufleas is definitely that. Will he be able to prove this to Greta as she searches for a way to defeat the giant, Yuk.
Sam Gayton has already made a name for himself as an author with a lively and original imagination. This, his latest book, will confirm this reputation. It is no mean feat to make a flea attractive, bur Hercufleas is a real character and the reader is drawn to him from the moment he hatches. Greta also steps off the page; brave, determined and individual. The somewhat spikey relationship between the two adds realism to the fantastic setting of the narrative. It is the confidence with which Gayton weaves his tale, the consistency of details – Hercufleas is never anything but a flea and his world is seen from that perspective. As with all the best fairytales there is a quest, there are choices to be made, battles to be fought, but like all good fairytales there is a ‘happy ever after’. Gayton is going from strength to strength; definitely an author to follow.