A stand-alone comic adventure for younger readers by sublime storyteller Vivian French, with pictures by a talented new illustrator and animator, Marta Kissi.
Alfie Onion has just set off on a great adventure… but only to carry his brother’s luggage. It’s his elder brother, Magnifico Onion, who’s destined to win their family a Happily Ever After.
But when it turns out Magnifico isn’t half the hero he’s cracked up to be, it falls to Alfie to save the day – with a little help from his loyal dog, a talking horse and a couple of meddling magpies.
How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Review: The first chapter of The Adventures of Alfie Onion convinced me that I needed to read this book. It begins with Alfie’s mother, Aggie, who when she was young was given a book of fairy-tales. Upon realising that she herself was not going to get rescued by a prince she decides to create her own happily ever after by making a hero – Magnifico, her son.
The story is very much like those fairy-tales; there are talking animals, trolls and ogres, a princess. You have Alfie Onion who wants to go on adventures and his much more suited as a hero by being clever and thoughtful of others, yet he is only there to look after his older brother Magnifico. I’m a little torn on Magnifico the ‘hero’ as he is spoilt but at the same time he is only what his upbringing made him.
I enjoyed the writing and illustrations. I thought they worked well together. Vivian French made the story reminiscent of the tales I remember from when I was younger and I liked the animal characters.
The Adventures of Alfie Onion can be read aloud, which I think might be a lot of fun if the reader was inclined to do voices for all the magical characters.