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Space Detectives by Mark Powers, illus. Dapo Adeola. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2021.

April 8, 2021 Comments off

This is a short easy to read chapter book for newly confidant readers and reluctant boy readers. It is introductory Sc/Fi with a load of laughs and lots of weird creatures.

Ten year old Ethan and Mark are good friends and they run an ice cream parlour on the manmade planet of Starville. It is a glass bubble in space with all the elements of Planet Earth except that it is populated by both humans and creatures from other planets.

Both boys are detectives and want to start an agency up on Starville but there is a lack of work. The boys witness a crime in which a Tufted Grotsnobbler from Venus steals the handbag off the daughter of the Supreme Governor of Starville. They attempt to get the handbag back and are invited to a party at the Governors house for their efforts.

Then things get worse as Starvillians learn that their planet is heading for a collision with the moon. Can Ethan and Mark find out who is behind this dastardly scheme? Read it and find out.

Code Name Bananas by David Walliams, illus. by Tony Ross. Pub. HarperCollins, 2020.

November 19, 2020 Comments off

Another great novel of madness, mayhem, laughter and fun from the man the Telegraph have said “Dahl finally has a worthy successor“. No wonder children love it. Just in time for Xmas. Parents should take a look too.

Eric is an 11 year old boy with sticking out ears and glasses who stays with his grandma. He is an orphan and it is about to get worse. His main love is visiting the zoo in Regents Park London where he has developed a friendship with Gertrude the gorilla.

He is also friends with zookeeper Uncle Sid who has tin legs because his real ones were blown off in WW1. Sid has sticking out ears too but is as kind as a person can get especially to animals.

Every night the German bombers fly over London blowing smithereens out of the city during the Blitz in WW2. The animals are terrified but Corporal Batter with his rifle and Sir Frederick Frown with his pompous upper class manners are both ready to eliminate any animal that escapes or proves a problem. Gertrude is seen as a problem and set down to be put down by the nasty Miss Gnarl and her long needle.

Eric and Sid plot to release Gertrude and what an adventure it proves to be. Read it and find out what happens. but first read the ten possible plots of how to effect the escape.

Hilariously funny with lots of true history about WW2.

The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman.

July 14, 2020 Comments off

silver arrowThe Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman. Pub. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2020.

September release.

This is superb storytelling for primary and intermediate readers. It is fantasy/adventure with a message for the modern world about endangered animals who are just trying to survive in a World that has lost it’s balance.

Eleven year old Kate and her nine year old brother Tom have never met their uncle Herbert. Their mother never mentions him but she did say that he was very rich and totally irresponsible. It is Kate’s birthday in a few days so she writes to her uncle Herbert and suggests he buy her a birthday present. Very brazen I thought.

On her birthday a flat decked truck pulls up with 102.36 ton steam train on it and it is put on some railway lines in Tom and Kate’s backyard. Uncle Herbert says it is for their enjoyment. Kate’s parents are not amused and use words that should never appear in a children’s book(they don’t in this book).

The children are sent to their bedrooms but in the night the train starts up, the children get on board and the train hurtles off into the night. At the first station a whole lot of animals get on board , they have been waiting ages for the train to come among them is a porcupine, a fishing cat and other endangered animals.

That’s all I am going to tell you you will have to read it to find out but it is thrilling. This is easy to read and would be a great read-a loud. The ending will have you on tenterhooks. The good thing is that Kate and Tom make mistakes, face responsibility and never give up sometimes in dire circumstances.

Wayside School. Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar, illus. Tim Heitz.

April 17, 2020 Comments off

wayside schoolWayside School. Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar, illus. Tim Heitz. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2020.

This short, easy to reader novel for primary and intermediate kids is crazy from the first to the last page. It is funny, it is serious, it is absurd, it is honest and it is always entertaining.

Wayside School is in a 30 story building. The headmaster is wacky, the teachers are eccentric and the pupils have every quirk and difference that society can muster. Still they get on well together with a lot of tolerance of each others behaviour.

Mrs Jewls class want to know what a million looks like so they start collecting toe and fingernails in an attempt to get a million. Will they do it? Then a large dark cloud they call the Cloud of Doom settles over the school and doesn’t move.

The cloud affects everybody’s behaviour and culminates on the day that the Ultimate school test finishes. Totally bizarre but very entertaining.

Tim Heitz’s illustrations help you picture the characters and the action.

Fabio. The World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective: Peril at Lizard Lake.

April 15, 2020 Comments off

flamingoFabio. The World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective: Peril at Lizard Lake. Pub. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2020.

Fabio and his sidekick giraffe Gilbert are back on the pink lemonade again and out to solve the reason why the water has dried up in a small village beside Lake Laloozee.

There is a smooth talking Lioness called Molly who owns the local garage, a furtive armadillo called Arthur and a sinister scorpion called Mungo to contend with.

A bottling company selling water with a heart shape logo has set up. Are the two events linked? See how Fabio uses his silky detective skills to solve this one.

Other Fabio books are reviewed elsewhere on this blog.

Superbly and simply illustrated and written story often on pink pages. For newly confident readers of primary age and less confident readers of intermediate age. Great humour and values

Moa’s Ark by Peter Millett Illus. Shaun Yeo

March 16, 2020 Comments off

moa's arkMoa’s Ark by Peter Millett Illus. Shaun Yeo. Pub. Scholastic, 2020.

I have always liked the story of Noah’s Ark even though it pushes credibility a lot and when I picked this picture book up I did so with a little scepticism. I was wrong. It is a good yarn about how animals got to “the magical lands of the longest white cloud”

As the animals are getting on the Ark two by two a couple of pesky moa join them. They are like kids always wanting to know “are we there yet“. They are in a hurry and have to wait their turn as the African animals get off first then others like the penguins. But when they do arrive with the tuatara, the kiwi and the kakapo, they are rapt.

Peter Millett is a genius with words but he does push the rhyme a bit. It all adds to the hilarity of the story. He is lucky that Moa rhymes with Noah. Check it and find out.

Fart Monster and Me by Tim Miller & Matt Stanton

December 23, 2019 Comments off

fartFart Monster and Me by Tim Miller & Matt Stanton. Pub. ABC Books, Imprint HarperCollins, 2019.

When a Fart Monster crash lands at the back of Ben Dugan’s house leaving a bum shaped crater, he is in for a change of life.

Fart Monster comes from another planet and got to Earth as a result of a ginormous fart which carried him across the Universe. He is invisible to everybody but Ben and he farts all the time.

Ben has to put up with being accused of farting all the time at school, at home and even at his birthday party. There are some choice phrases in the book such as “doing farts and telling fart jokes are not the same thing”. “smell you later” and ” whoever denied it supplied it”

Guaranteed to get those reluctant boy readers into reading. For primary and intermediate readers.

There are actually four books in one, with easy large font and excellent illustrations. It is the BUM per Edition. Go on you want to read it.

 

Maudlin Towers: Attack of the Meteor Monsters by Chris Priestley.

December 2, 2019 Comments off

attack meteorMaudlin Towers: Attack of the Meteor Monsters by Chris Priestley. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2019.

Maudlin Towers School is for not particularly bright sons of the not especially wealthy. Two of these are friends Mildew and Sponge, a couple of nerdy boys who get into some wonderful adventures involving time travel.

When a meteor crashes into Pugs Peak above Maudlin Towers, followed by a herd of girls joining the boys at school chaos is about to reign supreme. To Sponge and Mildew girls are a fathomless mystery so they consult the librarian Miss Foxing about books on girls. She shows the boys and they are bewildered, nobody had ever looked at these books.

The boys trek up Pugs Peak and are confronted by Zigg and Tarduz and the Spiders from Marzz (don’t make me explain). They are aliens who threaten the World with vaporising unless the boys turn over the escaped criminals. Who are the escaped criminals? Why has old teacher who is supposed to be dead Mr Particle suddenly shown up in his time machine.

Lots of fun and lunacy in this third book about maudlin Towers. Will greatly appeal to reluctant boy readers and me of course

Where is my Underwear by Justin Kipp.

October 16, 2019 Comments off

underwearWhere is my Underwear by Justin Kipp. Pub. 2019.

This is a simple story of a boy(who else) who has lost his last pair of underpants or underwear as they say in USA. They are under something but under where?

He asks his mum if she has seen them and she says they were under his bed but they are not under there and there is a spider under the dresser. So where are his underwear?

You have guessed it. This is a play on words about the only boy in the world who has lost his underwear. Not.

It is funny, a good read aloud and is well illustrated in bold colours. I like the hair and the eyebrows. You will like it to.

For primary and pre schoolers and maybe intermediate students especially boys(and mothers).

For copies check the author and Amazon.

I’ve Broken My Bum! by Dawn McMillan, illus. Ross Kinnaird

October 1, 2019 Comments off

broken bumI’ve Broken My Bum! by Dawn McMillan, illus. Ross Kinnaird. Pub. Oratia, 2019.

The boy has crashed his bike and broken his bum. It is in pieces and all the bits are on the floor.

He collects them all together on a tray and glues them all back, but there is still a crack. Never mind he presses the bum back on but the tray is stuck to it. What can he do?

Then he discovers that having a tray stuck to your bum has it’s advantages. Read it and see what happens.

Rhyming text accentuates the hilarity of the situation and Ross Kinnaird milks every scenario to the fullest degree with his superb illustrations.

I sure fire hit with reluctant readers at junior/ primary level especially boys. Get that Scottish granny to read this on line too.