Following Only Nooglebooglers Glow in the Dark was always going to be a challenge but the McDoogle Farm team of author, illustrator, publisher and whoever does their social media marketing have come up with a winning formula for this age group!
Realising that that one of the gogglynippers – with remarkably sheep-like lifestyles – is missing, Diggle sets out with his dog Noober to find him. The slapstick humour guarantees enjoyment with the two of them falling into a pile of ‘mud’ that results in them smelling of gogglynipper poo and bouncing along after the gogglynipper’s over hill and dale to the source of the enticing smell of Farmer McDoogle’s socks.
The pages with descriptions of the other inhabitants of McDoogle farm promise many more entrancing adventures and these pages led to a wonderful storytelling opportunity as my child reviewers outlined what they thought could happen to the characters! The only negative criticism they noted was the inaccuracy of the blurb on the back – Diggle did not go armed with ‘a bag of smelly old socks’ on his gogglynipper hunt! Is this a cunning plan to engage readers and fans in communication with the writer and illustrator? It led to our young reviewers checking out the McDoogle website which they were particularly captivated by as it provides an amusing gallery, things to do including a word search, recipes for making ‘Scary Cakes’ etc. Facebook and twitter feeds only fuelled the frenzy!