He doesn’t like to pull rank. To reveal that he’s this guy: Timmy Failure, founder, president and CEO of the greatest detective agency in town, probably the country, perhaps the world.
But he is. And he’s about to crack the biggest case of his generation: a school competition to find a stolen globe. And win the $500 prize, which will set him up for life. But someone is clearly trying to cheat. Bamboozle. Hoodwink. Con. Defraud. So it’s up to Timmy Failure, with the dubious help of Total, his lazy polar bear partner, and his unlikely new ally, eccentric Great Aunt Colander, to find a way to avenge these shenanigans. Defeat this injustice. And obliterate Timmy’s arch-nemesis, the WEDGIE, aka the Worldwide Enemy of Da Goodness In Everything.
If he can only get his entry form in on time.
The second book in the hilarious Timmy Failure series by Stephan Pastis, Now Look What You’ve Done, is out now from Walker Books. Look out next week for your chance to win 1 of 5 copies, thanks to Walker Books Australia.
When Joe Edmunds makes a wish on an Egyptian amulet, little does he know that he has volunteered to guide and defend the undead pet inhabitants of his town…
If you know a young reader who likes adventure stories that are a bit spooky and really funny, then I’ve got a new series for you! Undead Pets by Sam Hay is an awesome new series for 7+ featuring zombie animals and ‘pets with one last thing to do before they pass to the other side.’ As well as a great story (that boys especially will love) the books are illustrated throughout by Simon Cooper. I especially like the cartoons that describe how each of the pets die. I reckon the covers are terrific and are sure to jump off the shelves. Young readers will get hooked on Undead Pets and they’ll gobble them up in no time. They’re stand alone adventures so kids can start with any of the books.
Read all about the different books in the series below and watch the cool book trailer.
Return of the Hungry Hamster
Dumpling the hamster came to a dusty end inside a vacuum cleaner … but he suspects that his owner Oliver’s parents never admitted to their son that they were to blame for Dumpling’s demise. Now the hamster needs Joe’s help to reveal the truth – but there’s a furry surprise awaiting them at Oliver’s house…
Revenge of the Phantom Furball
Disaster strikes when Bonsai the pug chases Pickle the cat into the street, where she is flattened by a car. But the fact that Pickle has (almost) shuffled off her mortal coil isn’t her biggest concern; she is worried that Bonsai will pursue her sister Pebble into an early grave too, unless she and Joe teach the dog a lesson…
Night of the Howling Hound
Joe is off on a school trip to an adventure camp, and he can’t wait to put Uncle Charlie’s survival tips into practice! But it’s not long before he’s visited by Dexter, a scruffy-looking dog, with a howling tale of woe. Dexter doesn’t want his owner feeling guilty for his death, but it’ll be hard for Joe to intervene this time – it turns out that the owner is Joe’s headmaster, the dreaded Mr Hill!
Goldfish from Beyond the Grave
Just when Joe thought things couldn’t get any stranger, he is visited by Fizz, a zombie goldfish. Fizz was flushed down the toilet by his owner Danny’s little sister, who doesn’t realize that she’s sent the fish to a watery grave. Fizz needs to ensure the truth is revealed before his fellow fish meet a similar fate. But how do you get a goldfish to rest in peace?
Rise of the Zombie Rabbit
Fluffy’s owner, Olivia, lost a necklace in her back garden and she’s going to get in big trouble if it isn’t found. Fluffy can’t bear to see her owner in distress and she demands that Joe finds the necklace – now! Can Joe do what Fluffy wants or will the undead pet be hopping around forever?
I love picture books that start with a simple idea, then build up and build up into a ridiculous situation. One of my favourite examples of this is Oliver Jeffers’ fantastic picture book, Stuck. Floyd’s kite gets stuck in the tree and more and more things get thrown up to try and knock the kite down. Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz’ new book Cheese Belongs To Me! is another book like this, that builds on one simple rat law: cheese belongs to you.
Rat law is simple: if you take a piece of cheese, it belongs to you. So if a bigger rat takes it … then cheese belongs to them. Unless … a quicker rat swipes it! Every rat knows rat law; if you are big or quick, strong or scary, hairy or dirty, or, indeed, all of the above. But just who gets to EAT the cheese?
Cheese Belongs To You is a hilarious picture book about one piece of cheese and the rules that decide which rat it belongs to. The more complicated the situation becomes, the faster you want to read. The only problem is that you start to trip over your tongue so you have to slow down (try saying ‘big, quick, strong, scary, hairy, dirty rats’ quickly 3 times). I love the inventive ways that Alexis has come up with to describe the different rats, so that each one is better than the last. You find yourself anticipating what might be next and I’m sure kids will too. There could be lots of discussion about what sort of rat could come next. Viviane’s illustrations are superb as always and I think her style of illustration is perfect for this story. Her rats all have different personalities, and even on a page filled with them all the rats look different. I especially love the ‘big, quick, strong, scary, hairy, dirty rat,’ with his hook-hand, peg-leg and pet cockroach. I think a great way to introduce the story would be to cover up the text and see if the children can guess why each rat is better than the last. I also love the way that Viviane has incorporated the cheese into every page, including the cheesy end papers.
After the situation turns into utter chaos the story reaches a satisfying conclusion that keeps everyone happy. Grab a copy of Cheese Belongs To You! and share it with the children in your life. I’ll certainly be reading this to every class, from Year 1 to Year 8 on my next library visits.
5 out of 5 stars