Nelson's school life was pretty naff; No mates and having to play the role of Hitler in a school play - could things get any more lame than this! At least he had a cool big sister who he was really close to. But little did he know that life was about to get a whole lot worse.
When Nelson's sister goes missing on a school trip, no-one could anticipate the turn of events that would lead to the creation of 7 monsters, a trip halfway around the world and some bizarre events from the past wreaking havoc with the crazy events happening in Nelson's life now.
We were very excited to have received a pre-release copy of this book for the purposes of review. It's taken us a while to read so it is now available to purchase from Panmacmillan.
This book took us on quite a journey and was one we really looked forward to reading each evening.
One moment the events seem quite ordinary and the next we're sharing in a fantastical adventure which seems beyond belief.
Our version of the book was so much of a proof copy that it didn't have many of the sketches included but was so well written we could picture the things described in our minds. (Although I have heard that the illustrations are great too).
Without wanting to give too much away (as we found this book to have a quite a few unexpected twists and turns) I will leave you with a few cliff hanger questions as J likes to do when reviewing books...
Will Nelson's life improve?
Will his sister ever be found?
And how do monsters fit into this story anyway?
We found this book to have a number of poignant moments as well as moments that had us laughing out loud: Baggage hold. Monsters. Queen Elizabeth. That's all I'm going to say so if you want to know more, you'll have to read the book for yourself.
A couple of quotes from the book testers themselves:
'It was brilliant and funny' - J aged 10
'It was really good' - D aged 8
The Deadly 7 is available here from Panmacmillan. Psst...You can also find details of a fab competition ending on 6th March 2015 on that page too.