The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure
Philip Reeve

Oxford University Press

ISBN 9780192766083

Max is a young boy living in an ordinary tower block. He longs for adventure in his life - then one day - DOOF! - a flying pony called Kevin crashes into his flat, blown in by a magical storm! The storm causes a huge flood and soon Max's town submerged by water. Luckily for the town, Max has a flying pony to come to the rescue, and luckily for Kevin, he has a new best friend and a constant supply of his favourite thing - biscuits. Together Max and Kevin will embark on many wild adventures together . . . This is the start of a hilarious new series brought to you by the creative and inspiring duo Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre and is packed with amazing two-colour illustrations.

Librarian's Book choice

Readers will receive a gold star for recognising that the star of this book is Kevin, the roly-poly flying pony. He lives in the hills of the Outermost West and is especially partial to biscuits of the custard cream variety. After a terrible storm blows Kevin from his home to the small riverside town of Bumbleford, he makes friends with a small boy named Max. Together they assist the town during the worst flood in the town's history, bravely rescuing, aiding and assisting anyone in need.

Max and Kevin first meet on the night of the storm, when Kevin is blown on to the balcony of Max's flat. Desperate for a pet, Max decides to keep Kevin and the friendship is cemented with custard creams. During the night the River Bumble bursts its banks, flooding the town and leaving the tallest buildings isolated, surrounded by water. Luckily Max, Kevin and his family live on the top floor of their block of flats and are well positioned to offer shelter to their neighbours in their hour of need.

However, supplies of food quickly run low with so many mouths to feed and when the biscuit rations are threatened, Max and Kevin take matters into their own hands. Battling sea monsters, mermaids and sea monkeys, the brave duo collect food for their family and neighbours and rescue residents of the town.

Kevin proves to be a loyal and talented friend, earning a place within the community of Bumbleford and the heart of Max's family. But Max senses that Kevin may be pining for home and bravely realises that his four hoofed friend must return to the wild hills of the Outermost West. Tissues at the ready for an emotional ending to the story...

This is a fun-filled adventure story, perfect for newly independent readers. Kevin, the role-poly, biscuit-fuelled flying pony, is an utterly adorable character that will be loved by all. Humour, magical characters and hilarity abound in this custard cream caper.

A compelling plot and delightful illustrations make this the perfect read for reluctant readers. The remarkable double act that is Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have done it again! Fans of Oliver and the Seawigs will love seeing beloved characters in print in a new tale; and a new audience will be enthralled by mermaids, sea monkeys and of course, a flying pony!

160 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Emily Beale, school librarian.