A runaway pram + an artsy alien + a cereal monster +a word-stealing curse + one dancing dad + three feral fairies + an evil genius + a hairy birthday + a super-duper pig = one hilarious book.
I really enjoyed these stories! I thought they were all quite funny, and sometimes silly, and they reminded my of the Paul Jennings books I loved as a kid, which added a lovely bit of nostalgia to my reading experience.
I thought for my review I could talk a bit about my favourite story from the collection, but in the end it was too hard to chose! My favourites included the feral fairies and the super-duper super hero pig (we are a comic books & super heroes house, so this one really hit the spot!). There was also one about an evil genius (mum) who comes up with a creative way to get the kids to behave while on a family roadtrip – I loved it!
Apart from the fantastic writing, I also really liked the illustrations – by Andrea Innocent. They are scattered throughout the book and really add to story by showing some of the funniest bits of each story.
I think this would make a fantastic Christmas present for the kids in your life, from middle to upper primary, The stories are short enough and fun enough to engage even reluctant readers, and the hardcover format makes it that little bit more special. I have a 10-year-old bookworm friend who I thought might be a bit too grown up for this one (her favourite books this year were The Hunger Games books) but she was absolutely delighted to get her hands on it when I passed on my copy, which I think really speaks to the broadness of its appeal.
I’ll be adding this series to my lost of books to keep an eye out for when my daughter is a little bit older!
*** Laugh Your Head Off 4 Ever***
Out now from Pan Macmillan Australia
Source: This one was a lovely surprise in my mailbox when Pan Macmillan Australia sent it to me in exchange for an honest review
Ages: Middle to upper primary.
Read it if you loved… Paul Jennings, funny Aussie authors