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Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One)

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A charming collection of four beautifully illustrated stories about the unlikely friendship between Mango, a little girl, and Bambang, a tapir. A charming collection of four beautifully illustrated stories about the unlikely friendship between Mango, a little girl, and Bambang, an Asian tapir. Mango Allsorts is good at all sorts of things, not just karate and chess. Bambang is most definitely not-a-pig and is now lost in a very busy city. When the two unexpectedly meet, a friendship begins, filled with adventures, and of course, plenty of banana pancakes. The Not-a-Pig is Book One in a brilliant series from Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy.

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3rd October '16
I read it myself (an adult)
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
5 stars
The first in a beautiful new series of chapter books for young readers, Mango and Bambang are sure to become firm childhood favourites.  Mango Allsorts is a brave and resourceful girl who isn't at all phased when she encounters a huge traffic jam caused by a strange black and white creature cowering in the middle of a zebra-crossing.  After coaxing the creature to uncurl, she discover that the lump is in fact a terrified tapir called Bambang.  She lures him back to her house with the promise of bananas (and NO tigers!) From there on, this unlikely friendship blossoms.
Clear font and layout, gorgeous illustrations.  A true delight!
1st October '15
I read it to Noah aged 5 aged 5
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
5 stars
This book is simply beautiful. Not only is the story inside wonderful but the book itself is beautifully illustrated and decorated right down to the purple edged pages. The book consists of 4 short stories about the adventures of Mango (a little girl) and Bambang (a Tapir). The stories piece together how Mango and Bambang meet and how their unconventional friendship grows through the things they encounter together. My son said he loved all 4 stories and thought the book was really funny. He loved learning about Tapirs and found the part with the hats hilarious. I think the book would appeal to a wide age group and we would definitely recommend it! Who knew Tapirs were so cute and so loveable.
21st September '16
I read it to Iowmatilda aged 6 aged 6
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
5 stars
I read this to my 6 year old daughter who loved the stories and immediately engaged with the characters. A lovely collection of stories to enjoy with your child
18th October '18
I read it to Mya aged 14 aged 14
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
5 stars
Such a charming book love it
28th March '16
I read it to Noah aged 5 aged 5
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
5 stars
This book is simply beautiful. Not only is the story inside wonderful but the book itself is beautifully illustrated and decorated right down to the purple edged pages. The book consists of 4 short stories about the adventures of Mango (a little girl) and Bambang (a Tapir). The stories piece together how Mango and Bambang meet and how their unconventional friendship grows through the things they encounter together. 

My son said he loved all 4 stories and thought the book was really funny. He loved learning about Tapirs and found the part with the hats hilarious. I think the book would appeal to a wide age group and we would definitely recommend it! Who knew Tapirs were so cute and so loveable.
5th March '16
Daria read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
5 stars
this book contains four different stories
my favorite characters were mango and bambang
i really enjoyed reading about the adventures they get up to together
i would recommend this book to girls aged 7+
17th September '16
Suzanne read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
5 stars
This is a really warm book about the little girl Mango and her new friend tapir. There are four stories: Mango and the Muddle, Bambang’s Pool, Bambang Puts On a Hat and The Song of the Tapir. As you can see both friends have lots of adventures. We really liked the character of Mango: she was shown as a brave, clever, caring and patient girl - a great example for your readers The book is written in a simple way, with good sense of humour followed by really amazing illustrations. The stories are charming and it's really hard to say anything bad about this book
17th September '16
I read it to CaityBelle aged 5 aged 5
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
5 stars
We haven't finished reading this book yet as we're reading it together a bit at a time, but it is an enjoyable story. More suited to the slightly older age range, my nine year old has found the storyline a bit more appealing to him than my five year old. But still a good children's story.
17th September '16
I read it to Erin aged 6 aged 6
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
5 stars
Lovely short stories about Mango and her new found friend Bambang the tapier. As we read them at bedtime they were just the right length before lights out. The stories left my little girl smiling as she found the characters adorable. Great illustrations throughout. Would recommend this book . 
17th June '16
I read it to rsa aged 6 aged 6
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
5 stars
We both absolutely adored Bambang. The book has a gentle sort of humour. Great for a bed time read. The chapters are just the right length for this purpose as well.
1st November '15
Sofija read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
5 stars
I absolutely LOVED this book. I really love the main characters Mango, the little girl, because she is clever and interesting and Bambang, the "not-a-pig", because he is weird and funny and different from any other animals in books, because he is a tapir. The book is very lovely to look at - purple and gold and black and white - even purple on the edges of the pages - that makes it really beautiful and the drawings are really good, they look like they are alive and moving and match the story really well.  My favourite one is of Bambang on the zebra crossing  all bulging on the stripes!     I think this is the beginning of a brilliant series and I can't wait to read the next one. I liked my mum reading this to me and my sister at bedtime, but I liked it so much, I read it again all on my own! 
29th September '16
I read it to Aaronthecooldude aged 7 aged 7
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
5 stars
We really enjoyed reading this book. The short stories were lovely to read together but they were also just the right length for Aaron to read independently. The characters are very likeable and the stories are interesting. This book will be one that we keep coming back to especially for bedtime reading with the younger children.
27th January '18
Peacehaven Little Library Young Readers read it themselves aged 6 to 8
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
5 stars
This is a gorgeous book for newly confident readers. Split into 4 easy to read stories and with lots of beautiful illustrations along the way, it is easy to read and lots of fun. It's lovely to see a bold and intelligent female role model who stands very much against gender stereotypes and what's not to love about a not-a-pig? There's loads of humour and adventure and the kids at our library loved it. A great start to a very exciting series. 
10th May '17
I read it to Meerkat aged 8 aged 8 & to Penguin aged 6 aged 6
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
4 stars
We loved being introduced to the loveable Bambang and his fearless new friend. Look forward to reading others in the series.
13th October '16
I read it to Kikki aged 5 aged 5
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
4 stars
Lovely bigger but not-a-big book. We've just started to enjoy chapter books at bedtime (still reading picture books of course!) and this is the perfect step up at this age (5). Short stories about this special friendship, funny and perfectly quirky, with illustrations on each page keep her attention (it's too soon for no pictures!); nice big words she can read and recognise as she learns to read herself. Fab characters and as we get through the book, the attachment to Bambang and Mango grows. Expect we'll want more!
9th October '17
I read it to Eay11 aged 6 aged 6
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
4 stars
After winning another book from this series, my daughter insisted we went out to buy another! A lovely story about a little girl called mango and her little friend/pet called Bambang, a loyal tapir! Lovely stories and illustrations, and although not the usual sort of.book either of us would normally choose, I'd definitely recommend it! 
1st October '15
Read to a child aged 5
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) 9781406361438
2 stars
I really wanted me and Scarlett to enjoy this book because I loved the concept and it looked stunning when it arrived. It was a great book for Scarlett to read as it had some lovely pictures and just the right amount of text on a page / in a chapter. But unfortunately we really struggled with it. From the opening chapter it became apparent it was going to be hard for a 6 year old to understand. The introduction spoke about mangos dad balancing books in his office, Scarlett quite rightly asked why he was making towers of books, her understanding was correct as a 5 year old! I had to explain that in fact he was adding up numbers! When bambamg came into the story it was mentioned he was a Tapir. There was no explanation as to what a tapir was or where it came from. We had to go away and research it ourselves. I felt a little disappointed that the author hadn't taken a few sentences to inform the reader about this animal. I felt that the author used a lot of words that were better understood by older children. Scarlett was able to read them but had no idea what they meant. Normally I'd say that was good and that she was learning from the book but I personally thought there were to many challenging words and the story became a bit 'lost' because of this. We also struggled with the story and found it didn't have much in it. Scarlett chose to give up with it several times as it wasn't interesting get. I hate leaving negative reviews but we really didn't get on with this book. Shame.
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About Polly Faber

Polly Faber is a children's book blogger and volunteer reading helper through the charity Beanstalk. With her family, she looks after her very own tiny free library outside their house in North London. Mango & Bambang is her first series of books for children.

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