Hungry Roscoe, a picture book created by David J. Plant, features a rather cheeky raccoon who is very, very hungry.
Roscoe is so over 'eating rotten junk' from the bin in the park, it's time to take action.
Roscoe is quite envious of those animals in the zoo who receive a bountiful supply of lovely, fresh food each and every day. It's such a shame that the zookeeper objects to Roscoe helping himself, so Roscoe decides he needs to blend in at the zoo ...
Roscoe adopts various zany disguises, but seriously under estimates the ability of the grumpy zookeeper to see straight through them. A hilarious twist occurs when those mischievous monkeys hatch a plan,
'What followed was not pretty.'
A fast paced narrative, and a great helping of dialogue render Hungry Roscoe a brilliant picture book to read out loud to slightly older listeners too.
Marvel over David J. Plant's illustrations dominated by a gorgeous palette of soft green, orange and yellow which combine to create a comforting vintage feel (think M Sasek.) He brilliantly captures a myriad of animal expressions, which are wonderfully humorous. Top marks for those endpapers too!