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Published by Chicken House

‘Finally, if you are lucky and live that long, we’ll teach you to shine and sparkle. Sparkling’s Compulsory.’

This small proof arrived a couple of days ago – and I found myself gently pulled into this rather extraordinary story of world domination, happiness, and germs – or at least the prevention of the spread of germs. There’s probably a word for that (I hope it isn’t hygiene, that would be boring) – the dissemination of germs!

Alice Dent’s parents are more than usually concerned about germs. So, when the Best Minister begins to suggest ways to prevent the spread of things like the common cold, by banning birthday parties, dirty children, and would you believe, giggling, the situation begins to get more than a little serious. Her parents already ban Alice to her room, wear face masks and and disinfect every thing should she so much as sniffle.

The trouble begins right at the beginning of the book, when Alice finds that she is having an unbelievable urge to sneeze, and though she tries every way she can to prevent it, her parent’s soon realise that she has a cold, and once again she is locked into her room for the duration. It is when some strange and rather forbidding men come to take her away, and she hears her parents agree to her removal…that she realises that she has to do something about the situation at once

She escapes through her bedroom window…but finds herself caught by the local police, and as she gives a false name, take her in to care…to Tryton Mell, a school that claims to turn grubby good-for-nothings into politely perfect pupils…

Different and clever – this would make a good companion book to The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones / Will Mabbit.

 

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Published by Puffin / ISBN 978 0141355146

Not yet Published – 4th June 2015

This is a story of pirates. Of child-bagging.

The deed.

It is the story of a bone leg, possible world domination, a crew of monkeys, a wolf (Idryss Ebenezer Split, a captain of a pirate ship), Pelf, a goat with a pipe, a silent loris (Omynus Hussh, possibly one of the most evil pirates to ever join such a gang of evil doers) a pig, a Puffin, (that looks not unlike ‘Fat Puffin’ from the Puffin Club from many years ago), an orangutan, and Old Sawbones, a saltwater crocodile to name just a few.

It is also the story of pirate ship battles, the high seas, secrets, dreams, snuglets, friendship and evil… The narrator tells the tale, with drama and with cliffhangers. He has some consideration for those more lily-livered readers (usually parents), who might find the loss of a hand, or possibly two, (by poison and the chopping block), of ghosts and a toxic bite a bit much, but children of wise parents will know that this is just what is needed in this life of soft beds, safety and parents…after all, I suspect the narrator certainly does…

A truly hilarious, brilliant adventure illustrated superbly, not to say excellently by Ross Collins along with a good use of type fonts make this a wonderful book. It really is stuffed full of adventure.