Ford St Publishing
Author: Michelle Worthington
Illustrator: Andrew Plant
Here is a really lovely picture book about friendship, self confidence, and persistence, upcycling, overcoming anxiety and being positive.
Glitch is a twitchy little bug who lives in the dump and just loves recycling junk into useful things especially billy carts. Every year he builds a billy cart and his best friend, calm and kind June is the driver. They never win because in Glitch’s twitchiness he has usually mucked up something.
This year they have their fastest billy cart ever but in a practice run that goes awry, June’s antenna get bent. She won’t be able to drive like that but she insists that Glitch can. His nervousness almost gets the better of him but June, like a true friend, supports him and gives him just the boost of confidence he needs.
Andrew’s illustrations as always are so striking in each double page spread and Michelle’s text combines some lovely techniques like alliteration and assonance to make a really readable and rhythmic piece.
As well as all the above it’s a fabulous story that underlines that winning isn’t everything!
Highly recommended for your little readers from around 5 upwards.