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Created: 25th January, 2017

Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

Author: Richard O'Neill Katharine Quarmby
Illustrator: Hannah Tolson
Publisher: Child's Play

COLLECTION

Literature

THEMES

Family Music

YEAR GROUP

Years 1 and 2

Ossiri’s family is adept at recycling to support themselves. Her love of music leads her to fashion her own instrument using these skills and she creates what she calls a Tattin Django. The sounds she makes with it are not pleasing to the ears of her community at first but Ossiri perseveres and her music awakes the ogre known as the Bala Mengro, with unexpected consequences.

Romani storyteller Richard O’Neill has worked with writer Katharine Quarmby and illustrator Hannah Tolson to create this picture book which draws deeply on Traveller cultures and lifestyles.

Also by Richard O'Neill and Katharine Quarmby: Yokki and the Parno Gry illustrated by Marieke Nelson (9781846439261), Child's Play £6.99

And by Richard O'Neill:

Polonius the Pit Pony, illustrated by Feronia Parker Thomas (9781786281852), Child's Play £6.99

The Lost Homework, illustrated by Kirsti Beautyman (9781786283450), Child's Play £6.99

 

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