Hilarious and Heartwarming: Read Our review of Mary and Marcus: The Crazy Dance and Other Stories by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner

Hilarious and Heartwarming: Read Our review of Mary and Marcus: The Crazy Dance and Other Stories by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner

Mary is the happiest panda in the world. She loves to sing and dance and play the ukulele, but sometimes things get out of hand! Lucky she has her best friend, Marcus the snake, to help her out.

Get kids hooked on reading for life with the fully illustrated adventures of Mary and Marcus. From Australian Children’s Laureate Ursula Dubosarsky and award-winning illustrator Andrew Joyner comes five hilarious madcap stories about two very different friends, perfect for emerging readers.

With over sixty books between them, Dubosarsky and Joyner are both well versed in writing and illustrating children’s books. So, I was very glad to see them come together for Mary and Marcus: The Crazy Dance and Other Stories, a collection of stories that follow the lovable duo as they get into all sorts of trouble.

Mary is a panda who loves playing the ukulele (like Dubosarsky herself), dancing and accidentally causing lots of headaches for Marcus. Always looking out for Mary, Marcus is her polar opposite, but that’s what makes their friendship so much fun. Whether it be Mary dancing her way to the edge of the world or trying to get rid of a dreaded itchy foot, every story in this collection is short, sweet and funny in all the right ways.

The short story format is perfect for bedtime stories or classroom reading time. They won’t take long to read and can be enjoyed in any order. My personal favourite story is ‘The Swap’ in which Mary and Marcus switch roles for the day. Mary acts like a snake, lazily lying under the sun, while Marcus puts on his dancing boots and does Mary’s famous cha-cha-cha.

The story wouldn’t be complete without Joyner’s illustrations to tie it all together. His lively and cartoonish style captures the tone of each story and really brings the characters to life.

Full of quirky illustrations and hilarious shenanigans, Mary and Marcus: The Crazy Dance and Other Stories is a fantastic collection of stories for young children aged 4+.

Buy a copy of Mary and Marcus: The Crazy Dance and Other Stories here.

Publisher details

Mary and Marcus: The Crazy Dance and Other Stories
Authors
Andrew Joyner, Ursula Dubosarsky
Publisher
ABC Books
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
02 March, 2022
ISBN
9780733339844

Synopsis

Recommended for ages 4+.

Hook them on reading for life, with the fully illustrated adventures of Mary and Marcus.

Contains five hilarious and silly stories, perfect for emerging readers!

Mary is the happiest panda in the world. She loves to sing and dance and play the ukulele. But sometimes things get out of hand! Lucky she has her best friend, Marcus the snake, to help her out.

From Australian Children's Laureate Ursula Dubosarsky and award-winning illustrator Andrew Joyner comes five madcap stories about two very different friends.

Andrew Joyner
About the author

Andrew Joyner

ANDREW JOYNER is an internationally published illustrator and author. His popular books include The Terrible Plop and Too Many Elephants in This House with Ursula Dubosarsky, the Boris series, and The Swap by Jan Ormerod (a CBCA Book of the Year).

Books by Andrew Joyner

Ursula Dubosarsky
About the author

Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula Dubosarsky is widely regarded as one of the most talented and original writers in Australia today. She is the author of over 40 books for children and young adults, which have won a number of national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards.Alongside her fiction for older children, Ursula has a wonderful talent for picture books such as the highly popular The Terrible Plop and Too Many Elephants in This House, which have both been adapted as successful stage productions. She has also written the non-fiction Word Spy books about the English language, both of which also won major national awards.Ursula has a PhD in English literature from Macquarie University and lives in Sydney with her family.

Books by Ursula Dubosarsky

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