Children's · Comedy

Happy Town Must Be Destroyed – James Harris ★★★★

Blurb; For fans of My Brother is a Superhero and The Demon Headmaster comes an outrageously funny story of brain control, friends, enemies and saving the world, even if you don’t really want to.

*From the award-winning writer of The Unbelievable Biscuit Factory*

Leeza’s parents are ordinary. Unfit, grumpy, a bit embarrassing. Totally normal, right?

Until today. Today they are jogging. Eating salads and enjoying them. Smiling all the time. They’re happy. Really, really happy. Who could complain about that?

Leeza, that’s who.

Because it looks like someone’s brainwashing everyone in town. Who’s going to save the world? Oh no! It looks like it might have to be Leeza.

OK then. Let’s do this. You coming?

My Review; A fun, alien invasion children’s book. An easy read. Not illustrated. Funny in parts. When huge green jelly monsters start invading a town and infecting the people only a few young people remain in order to save the town, their family and their friends. With the help of ice cream men (hero’s) to freeze the jelly will they be able to defeat these jelly aliens? Why did these jelly creatures come to this town? It seems to steal their happiness… Enjoyed reading this one. Different. Wasn’t sure if it was snot monsters at first as they get into people’s bodies through their noses. Very imaginative. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

Amazon Link UK

Couldn’t find an Amazon US link. Sorry.

chick-lit · Children's · Comedy · Young adult

The Catastrophic Friendship Fails of Lottie Brooks – Katie Kirby ★★★★

Blurb; The hilarious new sequel to The Extremely Embarrassing Life of Lottie Brooks by the bestselling creator of Hurrah for Gin.

Lottie Brooks is back for spring term at secondary school and ready to face anything. No more trying to impress mean girl Amber. And absolutely no more being nicknamed Cucumber Girl.

A lead role in the spring musical gives Lottie a chance to dazzle her mega-crush Daniel with her talent as a singing crab but it’s not all singing and dancing at Kingswood High. Lottie’s friendship with Molly and Jess seems to be falling apart no matter how hard she tries to keep her BFFs together.

Is Lottie on track for another epic friendship fail?

My Review; Yes this is a children’s/YA book but one that reminds me of similar books I use to read myself as a child. It is set in diary format with plenty of drawings and doodles throughout. This is book two and I didn’t read book one but it still read fine as a Standalone. Parts had me laughing out loud. In this story we meet Lottie through her diary and everything is included. I mean everything.

Her new baby. Family. Friends. High school. Crushes. Her pets. Her school play. Fall outs. Jealousy. Parties. Chocolate. Periods. Its a coming of age story with all the ups and downs included. An easy read but a long one at 450 pages long. I enjoyed it took me back to books I read when I was younger and experiencing everything she did. She’s a very likeable character. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

Amazon Link UK

Amazon Link US

chick-lit · Children's · Comedy

Jacky Ha-Ha – James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein ★★★★

Blurb; In his new middle grade novel that debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, James Patterson introduces his hilarious new heroine, Jacky Ha-Ha, a class clown who makes people laugh with her so they can’t laugh at her.

With her irresistible urge to tell a joke in every situation–even when she really, really shouldn’t–twelve-year-old Jacky Ha-Ha loves to make people laugh. And cracking wise helps distract her from thinking about not-so-funny things in her life, like her mom serving in a dangerous, faraway war, and a dad who’s hardly ever home.

But no matter how much fun Jacky has, she can’t seem to escape her worries. So one starlit night, she makes a promise to keep her family together…even if she has to give up the one thing that makes her happy. But can she stop being Jacky Ha-Ha, if that’s who she really is?

My Review; Another children’s book I have devoured today at over 300 pages long. This book is extremely similar to Jacqueline Wilson style & her characters which I absolutely adore. An easy read with plenty of illustrations throughout.

Meet Jacky. Class clown. Funny. Sometimes naughty. Mischievous. Top of the class for receiving detentions. But in this story she finds something to put all her attention into. Maybe this is how she could turn herself around? Be someone to be proud of. A brilliant story of using her attitude and jokes for the better… This is Jacky writing to her daughters about her younger years.

Short chapters. Funny. Determined character. I loved Jacky. Highly recommend! A well deserved four stars from me. There is also a follow on from this which I have not found yet. This is book one.

Amazon Link US

Amazon Link UK