The Cartoons That Came to Life

Tom Ellen, illustrated by Phil Corbett

Imagine what could happen if the cartoons you used to draw came to life? 

This is the premise behind this exciting story which fans of Tom Gates ( Liz Pichon) will love. Finn Morris isn’t happy at his new school, especially when the class bully laughs at his drawings which makes Finn  give up. Unfortunately, this causes even more problems as Finn realises that Arley and Tapper, his cartoons characters, have come to life and are now stuck in the real world.

Through a mixture of big bold illustrations, different fonts and speech bubbles, Finn finds his way to make everything right and ends up making good friends along the way.

I like how the theme of bullying is dealt with here. Amidst the humour there is a serious message about how someone can act and feel both as a bully and a victim. It’s a theme which is dealt with sensitively and which doesn’t take away from the hilarity which kept me chuckling right up until the end.

Published by Chicken House Books, 2021 (281 pages)

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton