|The Grunts in Trouble|
Review by Joshua Beesley, age 8
(Josh wrote this review ages ago but I never got around to putting it up as I wanted to read The Grunts in Trouble myself first and I am not a speedy reader like Josh is!)
This book is funny. Mr Grunt likes kicking things and when he kicks a pylon lots of bees come to attack him. Mr Grunt stole a baby hanging on a washing line. They called him Sunny. They travel around in a caravan.
I loved the book.
Joshua is a HUGE fan of Philip Ardagh and he loves the Grubtown tales series of books too. This book certainly didn't dissapoint with the silly and sometimes strange sense of humour that Josh loves so much (I mean a boy in a blue dress - can't get much crazier than that!). Mr and Mrs Grunt are just what you would expect them to be and seem to enjoy arguing with each other most of the time. The plot has several unusual twists and turns involving bees, an elephant, a circus clown and fireworks which all fall into place by the end of the story. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler, this book is a must for both Ardagh and Scheffler fans.
The kids also enjoyed the free iTunes app that you can download where you drag bees onto Mr Grunt's 'beard of bees'.
We are already looking forward to reading more books in this series.