Six sausages escape the pan and set out to demolish the home! Who might be licking their lips in time to stop the rampage?
After sausages One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six plan to escape the pan, they begin their messy acts of revenge. What did they do to Mum's new party dress? Where did Six put all the ice creams?
If they’re not stopped, the house could be ruined!
But someone is sniffing them out, just as the sausages are planning their most terrible deed…
Will they find out that villainy doesn’t pay when you’re this tasty?
With bold and lively fun illustrations, the use of numbers for the names of the sausages will delight young children learning numbers. The hilarious high jinks of the sausages will enthrall younger and older children alike.
Jumbo Giant Sausages is a children’s picture book which immediately strikes the reader for its gorgeous illustrations and the crackling, funny language narrating the story of six naughty sausages looking for adventures. The main characters are not fairies, queens, kings or mighty knights: rather, simple, plain sausages, the kind that can be found in any kitchen and a type of food that is certainly appreciated by many children, now coming to life in this book.
As one flips through the pages, the reader can only remain enthralled by the stunning drawings which visually represent, with clean lines and bright colours, this tale of mischief: the images not only enrich the reading experience (as it should always be the case when it comes to children’s books) but also present a stimulating opportunity for the child reader to witness the sausages’ crazy actions for themselves as all the trouble they create is portrayed on the page. The rhymes are very much on the nursery rhyme side and, stylistically speaking, present themselves to the ear as harmonious and tender, pleasant to read aloud, spot on even if at times a bit banal, but never cacophonous in any regard. Other than lovely rhymes, there are references to numbers and counting as well, and it is easy to guess how useful this is in a book aimed particularly at younger children.
The font chosen for the text, on the other hand, is not appropriate to the vibrant story it accompanies, in fact it looks quite awkward with its black boldness when compared side by side with the eventful narration, a more colourful text (perhaps a different font even) with a wilder arrangement of words on the page would have made undoubtedly a more appropriate choice and matched the general mood of the story.
As far as the content is concerned, the plot is unconventional and very original, as it recounts the wrongdoing of the adventurous sausages and the ultimate, inevitable end they encounter: the moral of the story can eventually be found hidden precisely there, in the finale, humorously concealed and a bit shocking and unexpected at first, adding a surprise effect. I feel like the moral lesson would be better taught and absorbed by a child if a parent was reading this book with them and explained it, though, especially since this book is clearly directed at children of a very young age.
I really loved reading this little treasure for its cuteness and the sweetness of the language, and I can only assume a child would love it even more and be amazed at it for the same reasons I enjoyed it thoroughly! I also really appreciated how the owner of the book can write their name on the first page in the box ‘this book belongs to…’, because it contributes to making the book more special and unique, and it is the kind of thing I really loved finding in a children’s book when I was a child myself.
I am currently in the senior sophister and final year of my BA in English Literature and Classics, writing a thesis on John Keats’ poetry and 19th-century English literature. I majored in English and I am specialized in reviewing children's books and classics but I also enjoy YA and poetry.