Celebrating 100 Years: Read our Review of Ginger Meggs by Tristan Bancks and Jason Chatfield

Celebrating 100 Years: Read our Review of Ginger Meggs by Tristan Bancks and Jason Chatfield

Ginger Meggs is Australia’s longest-running comic strip. It was created in 1921 by Sydney cartoonist Jimmy Bancks. Five cartoonists and 100 years later, kids and grown-ups alike are still revelling in the rambunctious adventures and comical capers of the red-headed larrikin kid who never gets old.

Celebrating 100 years of the iconic character and Aussie legend, Ginger Meggs features four brand-new and original stories written by Tristan Bancks, the great-great nephew of creator Jimmy Bancks. It’s also illustrated in full colour by the current Ginger Meggs comic-strip cartoonist, Jason Chatfield.

There’s an unparalleled level of sentiment to this new book. Tristan Bancks’ connection to the famous character was an inspiration for his career as a storyteller. His proudest childhood moment was winning a Ginger Meggs showbag at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show. It’s clear that his connection is valued through his storytelling in this book.

Nostalgia also rings true for Chatfield. As a child, Ginger Meggs was the first book Chatfield ever borrowed from the school library, and after reading it, he fell head over heels into the Ginger Meggs world. He pinches himself every morning when he sits down to work on the strip.

This isn’t my first encounter with the iconic character either. Like Chatfield, I remember seeing this in my school library and flicking through its pages. The four new stories transported me back to the early 2000s, reminding me of the mischief, humour, and adventure that’s so iconic to Ginger Meggs.

Celebrating 100 years is surreal to me, and I think it’s the ideal time to introduce the red-headed character to a new generation. Readers aged 9+ are introduced to Ginger’s mates, enemies, families, and pets – everyone who comes on his adventures! With the end of the book’s timeline on Ginger Meggs’ history, you’ll be an expert on all things Ginger in no time.

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Publisher details

Ginger Meggs
Authors
Jason Chatfield, Tristan Bancks
Publisher
Puffin Books
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
04 May, 2021
ISBN
9781760894818

Synopsis

Four fresh stories to celebrate the one and only Ginger Meggs! Celebrating 100 years of the iconic character and Aussie legend Ginger Meggs, these four brand new and original stories are written by Tristan Bancks, the great-great nephew of creator Jimmy Bancks, and illustrated in full colour by the current Ginger Meggs comic-strip cartoonist, Jason Chatfield. Kids and grown-ups alike will revel in the rambunctious adventures and comical capers of the ginger kid who never gets old.
Jason Chatfield
About the author

Jason Chatfield

Jason Chatfield is an Australian cartoonist and illustrator based in New York. His work has been published in magazines and online, and in books published by Penguin Random House and Harper Collins. He is a past President of the Australian Cartoonists Association (Est. 1924) and the current President of the National Cartoonists’ Society (Est. 1946) and an internationally syndicated cartoonist, writing and drawing the iconic comic strip Ginger Meggs which is published daily in 34 countries.

Books by Jason Chatfield

Tristan Bancks
About the author

Tristan Bancks

Tristan Bancks tells stories for the page and screen. His books for kids and teens include Two Wolves, The Fall, Detention and the Tom Weekly series. Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The Fall was a CBCA Notable Book and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Tristan’s books have also been recognised in multiple children’s choice awards. Tristan is a writer-ambassador for literacy charity Room to Read. He is currently working with producers to develop several of his books for the screen. He’s excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create. You can find out more about Tristan’s books, play games, watch videos, chat to the author and help him try to change the world at www.tristanbancks.com.

Books by Tristan Bancks

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