The story of a boy and his pets should be pretty innocuous. But, the boy lives in Puffington Hill and so do his pets; hence, innocuous wouldn’t the farthest from its reality. Unique animals and unique characters aside, what The Piraroo is, is a story of unique friendships.
Marko Kitti is not new to me. I’ve been a follower of his Jesper Jinx series which were delightful to say the least. So, when I got the chance to read The Piraroo, I dug myself out of the befuddling haze of psychiatry and K-pop to accept the offer.
All I can say is, he’s done it again.
Here I was, sitting in my department, irritated beyond measure by patients who lie and hide and then, Max comes along with his tarantula and his Piraroo and his evil gull and I was smiling again.
It reminded me of the time I used to read Jesper Jinx in my study breaks to cheer myself up. The Piraroo contains the same magic and it lasts longer too.
The prose is simple and child-friendly with its in-your-face sarcasm. The pictures are lovingly detailed; though I might be biased a little because my pictures were colourful in soothing pastels. Most importantly, the story is interesting with beautifully simple motifs running through it. That’s what will appeal to children the most.
BOTTOMLINE: Go on, give it a go. You know you want to. You know the kid inside and the one screaming the house down behind you also want to. So, give it a read together. It might make for a surprisingly peaceful afternoon.