Subtitle: Book 2
By: Maddie Frost
Genre: YF - Children's / Teenage fiction & true stories
Published by: Hardie Grant Children's Publishing
Published: 14 Feb 2024
ISBN: 9781761211850


Albert and Pickles – a lovable yet unlikely pair of besties – return in the second instalment of Maddie Frost's early reader graphic novel series, Wombats!; perfect for fans who laughed out loud reading Baloney and Friends, Narwhal and Jelly, and Cookie and Broccoli!

Pickles decides it's time to make good on an IOU that Albert forgot he gave him four years ago and requests that they take a trip to Wizard's Wharf! Albert begrudgingly agrees to accompany his best friend, but amusement parks aren't really his thing. Pickles is determined to make Albert feel the magic around him, but even after exploring all the rides, games, mazes, and prizes that Wizard's Wharf has to offer, Albert still isn't as wowed by this environment as his friend is.

Albert doesn't want his practicality to ruin his friend's IOU day, so they continue exploring the park and run into their friend and neighbour, Platters, who's working as a ride mechanic. Platters offers to take them on a tour of a top secret ride that's still under construction, but when the ride has a slight malfunction and the three of them are separated, Albert and Pickles will have to rely on how well they know each other, and maybe even a little magic, to help them find their way out.

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Pickles and Albert are best friends who see life differently! We shared Book 1 with you in 2023, and we are delighted to bring you their next stand-alone adventure.

When Pickles decides that he is going to use an IOU that Albert gave him four years earlier when he borrowed an egg to make blueberry muffins, Pickles’ idea of what he should get in return is nothing like Albert imagined!. Albert certainly did not consider a trip to the theme park Wizard Wharf...

Albert is not really into theme parks, but he reluctantly agrees to go. He really doesn’t enjoy it, and Pickles can’t believe that Albert isn’t having fun!

And when they then get lost in the unopened Secret Wizard’s Castle ride, things go from bad to worse! How are they going to get out of there? Maybe thinking about what they know about their friend and what they like might be the key...

This is a fun and humorous graphic novel about friendship and understanding each other, with a touch of magic to the story too. It will be enjoyed by all students in lower to middle primary.

Reviewed by Sam