Minton Goes Sailing (Minton series)

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Minton the spotty salamander has leapt out of The Hottest Boy Who Ever Lived to have his own adventures. Minton loves things that move boats, planes, cars, and trucks. And he always finds just what he needs to make these vehicles. After each story, there are directions for making Minton’s favorite modes of transportation out of everyday kitchen materials such as margarine tubs, plastic bottles, corks, and skewers.

Minton can’t wait to make a boat so that he and his friend Turtle can sail to an island on the horizon. There they meet Bouncer the acrobat, who has been stranded since she made the most gigantic, enormous jump and flew right out of the city and over the ocean.

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Anna Fienberg is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. Her other books include The Hottest Boy Who Ever Lived, Madeline and the Mermaid, and the Tashi series. Kim Gamble is the illustrator of Come the Terrible Tiger, You Can Draw Anything, You Can Do Great Lettering, The Hottest Boy Who Ever Lived, and the Tashi series.

From Publishers Weekly:

Starring in these four flimsy and somewhat garishly illustrated tales from an Australian duo is black-and-orange polka-dotted Minton, "a beachcombing salamander," and his best buddy, Turtle. In the inaugural book, Minton is determined to explore a distant island and uses a margarine container and other items that wash up on his beach to build a sailboat. When he and Turtle arrive on the island (swimming to shore when the boat capsizes), they meet Bouncer, an acrobat who is there because she had taken an enormous jump during her circus act one day. In the subsequent stories, motion-loving Minton uses recycled materials to build an airplane to transport Bouncer back to her circus in the city; construct a car; and build a dump truck to land a job at a construction site. Cursory instructions for fashioning the vehicles using household materials conclude each of the volumes. The plots do not stand on their own, relying on prior installments to provide crucial context and leaving it to subsequent installments to resolve the conflicts in the abrupt endings. Some expressions may baffle American readers (e.g., Minton's car "puffed and pooped its way" up a hill), and an unfortunate passage in the same book has Turtle asking his friend, "What if your car zooms out of control and goes crashing into a skyscraper and blows up?" Even discounting that contretemps, these volumes have little to recommend them. Ages 2-6.

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