We had a half-term trip to the library today and it was this latest library haul that T picked tonight’s bedtime story – Hyde and Squeak by Fiona Ross.
As you may or may not have picked up from the playful title, Hyde and Squeak is a picture book twist on the story of Jekyl and Hyde. Squeak is a young mouse who lives with Granny and enjoys entering competitions. One win comes with a gruesome looking jelly as a prize which Granny promptly throws in the bin. But Squeak can’t resist a lick, and when he does get his first taste he immediately transforms into Hyde – a terrifying monster mouse! As I am sure you can imagine, all manner of chaos follows! Will Hyde eat Granny out of house and home, or might one brave old lady (and one massive pineapple) somehow save the day?!
This is a fantastic effort. Laid out in a comic-book style, there is humour a-plenty in the text and illustrations. There is tension and silliness throughout (T liked the transformative parps) and lots of appropriately gruesome images to pour over. It’s nice to see such a well-known idea given a fun, PB makeover! T told me, “that was disgusting and funny too. I really liked the mouse.”