Graham Oakley'sChurch Mice have been charming young audiences for many a year now and in Humphrey Hits the Jackpot, Sampson, Humphrey, Arthur and co. are well and truly back in a bright, breezy and thoroughly modern tale.
Sampson, the mouse-loving cat, and his mouse companions are busy blackberrying in the church yard when they find a lost lottery ticket. But instead of throwing it away as he promised, Humphrey hangs on to it and when he discovers that it is the winning ticket it soon becomes obvious that friendships are about to be pushed to the limit.
Graham Oakley's traditional-style illustrations, filled with minute detail and balanced with flashes of colour, cleverly compliment this tale of greed in the high-tech world as Humphrey and his pals come to blows over money and possessions, causing chaos as the hunt for the real owner of the lottery ticket reaches its explosive conclusion.
Humphrey Hits the Jackpot is a timely addition to a range of carefully crafted and utterly timeless contemporary children's classics. (Ages 4 to 6 years) --Susan Harrison [via]