Library Ed. Bolinda Audio 2003
CS ISBN 1740309774 $24.00 Two cassettes
What's a kid to do when his parents worry about money all the time? After the "paint the family car" plan falls flat, Keith decides to help them out by finding some riches--in the form of opals. And off he goes. Full of improbable occurrences and the idealistic world of childhood, the story takes on a life of its own. The narration by author Gleitzman brings us right into the setting with his strong Australian accent. Although he doesn't individualize the characters, he reads with the expression, tone, and pacing needed to bring all his characters to life, creating an enjoyable adventure just fanciful enough to please early elementary kids. W.L.S.
(c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 04]