Tuesday 18 October 2016

Juggling with Jeremy - Chris d'Lacey and Gus Clarke

Juggling with Jeremy
Chris D'Lacey 

Gus Clarke (Illustrator)
Blue Bananas Books
ISBN 9780749726317

I have read almost 20 books by Chris d'Lacey in just under a year now. Until this one I have loved all of his books that I have read. This picture book is an interesting concept but it failed to catch with either my youngest two children or myself. 

The story is about a young boy that wants to juggle. The problem is every time he tries to juggle he makes a mess or breaks things. And things keep getting worse until finally he learns his lesson.

Gus Clarke has illustrated over 30 books, and written a number himself as well.  From the information I can track down from what I can track down this was one of the last books that he illustrated. The illustrations were 'ok' usually my children pour over the illustrations again and again, often asking to go back, or even reread immediately. That did not happen this time.

It was worth tracking down this book to read some of Chir d'Lacey's earliest works, and we have donated it to my children's school library. But it is far from our favorite by d'Lacey.

Books by Chris d'Lacey:
Dragons of Wayward Crescent
Gruffen (2009)
Gauge (2008)
Glade (2009)
Grabber (2010)

The Erth Dragons
The Wearle (2015)
2. Dark Wyng (2016)
3. The New Age (2018)

The Last Dragon Chronicles with David Rain
The Fire Within (2001)
Icefire (2003)
3 Fire Star (2005)
4 The Fire Eternal (2007)
5 Dark Fire (2009)
6 Fire World (2011)
7 The Fire Ascending (2012)
Rain and Fire: A Guide to the Last Dragon Chronicles (2010)

The Unicorne Files
1 A Dark Inheritance (2014)
2 Alexander's Army (2015)
3 A Crown of Dragons (2016)

Fly, Cherokee Fly Series
Fly, Cherokee Fly
Pawnee Warrior

Other Books
Henry Spaloosh! 
Shrinking Ralph Perfect
The Snail Patrol
The Table Football League
Riverside United
From E to You
Scupper Hargreaves, Football Genie
The Salt Pirates of Skegness
Falling for Mandy
The Prompter

Picture Books:
A Hole at the Pole
Juggling with Jeremy
A Break in the Chain
Read With Bubble and Float
Dexter's Journey
Frankin's Bear

Contributed to:
On Me ‘ead, Santa
Nice One, Santa
The Usborne Book of Christmas Stories
Heroes and Villains
In the Frame
Midnight Feast

Author Profile and Interview with Chris d'Lacey.

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