William Popidopolis is in a race against time!
Has William got to Greece in time to help Zeus retie the knot that secures the world?
He may be a god, but the bossy swan urgently needs William's help.
.... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): When the fattish, greyish, balding swan waddled into his father's taverna, William Popidopolis thought it must be an usual pet.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 42): For a few moments there was nothing but a lot of splashing and squawking. Then the swan began to lift out of the water. He was running across the surface. He was airborne. He soared upwards ...... THUNK.
Zeus crashed into the harbour wall just below William.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Yes, I'm sure I'll enjoy reading this to Little Plum when he gets older.
Who could resist such a wonderful cover and as for the title - intriguing isn't it?
Set in Greece, The World's Bellybutton tells the story of William, a modern day hero (though he doesn't at first know this) and a host of Greek mythological characters and creatures including Zeus (who isn't quite himself), Pegasus and the sisters of the Gorgon.
A great read designed for fluent readers aged 7 to 11 years, this novel is funny, very funny and quite inventive. And as for the illustrations by Ross Collins - simple and yet charming, I'm sure most adults will find them just as delightful as younger readers.
Ex-library stock, this was the 93rd book read for my 100+ Reading Challenge.