Rufus the Numbat – David Miller

Rufus the NumbatRufus the Numbat by David Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a delightful book, with David Miller’s trademark paper constructions illustrating the story of Rufus the Numbat’s shambolic journey through town. Rufus wanders around, entirely oblivious to the mayhem and destruction he leaves in his wake, and once the journey is complete he returns to his burrow for a well-earned rest.

I was not completely happy with this book at first; something was making me uncomfortable; something was not quite right. And then I realised – the text is superfluous. In fact, it’s a bit of a distraction from what might have been a wonderful word-less picture book. Miller’s visual storytelling is far superior to the text, and I feel the book would have been more complete without it.

The production of this title is Ford Street usual excellent standard, and this book would be a fine addition to any library or bookshelf.

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One thought on “Rufus the Numbat – David Miller

  1. Yes, you’re right. I loved it but couldn’t quite work out what wasn’t working for me either. David miller just goes from strength to strength, he’s a delightful person too, and a brilliant author/illustrator to have in schools.


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