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Partners in Slime by Belinda O’Keefe. Pub. Scholastic 2021.

May 25, 2021 Comments off

Thirteen year old Jake and his mate Cooper want to ride on a new roller coaster called the Steel Beast which is to open in 38 days time. Unfortunately they have no money and the beast is going to cost over $100.00 each to ride on.

Jake gets an idea to make money from his younger sister Paige who is a real handful for Jake to handle and she seems to have the ear of her parents. The idea is to make slime and sell it to the kids at school who Jake believes are gagging for it.

With the help of a web page and input from Coopers scientific uncle Ivor the boys make a very desirable product and it sells like hotcakes. The sister Paige and her girlie friends come up with a better product that smells of food product and the boys have been usurped.

What are they to do next? The answer is off this planet and the results hilarious. Will the boys get near the Steel Beast? Read it and see what happens.

The best part of this story is the business venture. How do you start a business from scratch? Once you have a product how do you market it? What do you do about competition?

A great read-a- loud for junior and intermediate readers with high boy appeal.

The Valentines Bk1. Happy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale.

March 7, 2019 Comments off

happy girlThe Valentines Bk1. Happy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale. Pub. HarperCollins, 2019.

If you were a big fan of the Geek Girl series or you are follower of the Kardashians and their celebrity lifestyles then this first part of a new series will captivate you.

I guess it is for teens and pre-teen girls in particular, who love clothes parties and enthuse over hot boys.

Hope is 15 yrs, the youngest of four Valentines who live in a mansion in London. I guess the later books in this series will focus on Hope’s siblings. Family policy is that no-one gets involved in the celebrity lifestyle until they are 16 years old and Hope cannot wait for this. She fantasises about hot boys and copies her sisters and lone brother’s lifestyles. They care for each other but there is intense sibling rivalry.

Their mother is an actress in rehab, getting over an alleged marital split with her American husband who is into film production. He allegedly is into a steamy relationship with a tight-bummed young actress and is away from the family home.

Hope gatecrashes a family party and hears things she should not. She flees and on the train home falls into the arms of an American hot boy called Jamie. They develop a relationship that is remarkably akin to lurv in which they develop their own language that nobody else can possibly understand. Hope becomes Happy Girl Lucky.

Then Jamie drops a bombshell. Read it and find out what.

It is a good laugh for a cynic like me and I think Holly Smale is taking the water but it made me smile. Go on give it a crack.

 

I’m The Biggest by Stephanie Blake

March 25, 2018 Comments off

biggestI’m The Biggest by Stephanie Blake. Pub. Gecko press, June 2018

Poo Bum  set the bench mark for this series of picture books about Simon and later his little brother Casper. It is a hard act to follow but Stephanie Blake has managed to keep the momentum going  with slick prose, bold colourful illustrations and a storyline that always surprises.

In this latest edition sibling rivalry becomes a feature of Simon and Casper’s relationship when their mother discovers that Casper has grown 3 centimeters and Simon only one.

Simon says No Way and becomes jealous. An incident in the park makes Simon realise he is still the BIG brother even though the size difference is getting smaller.

Casper of course sees things differently.

Great read-a-loud for juniors and will help littlies to view their own role in the family. Good laugh for adults too.

NB Not released until June 2018.