I’ve chosen to review these two books on the same post as to me they are similar in many ways all of which will appeal to their audience. Both Colin Thompson and A.F. Harrold have a singular and individualised way of providing satirical humour for a pint-sized readership. They also both employ that every engaging device of the author speaking directly to the reader when necessary.
Fizzlebert Stump and The Great Supermarket Showdown
Imprint: Bloomsbury Childrens Series: Fizzlebert Stump
I’ve not seen the previous titles in this series but any book called Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away from the Circus (and Joined the Library) has got my vote already and ensures I will catch up with the earlier books.
Fizz lives in a circus – in fact, he was born and raised under the Big Top. His entire life and livelihood is suddenly turned upside down when the Ringmaster sells the circus without any warning. It is all most strange. The Ringmaster assures his folk that not much will change but change it does. Those without an ironclad contract drift away to find other employment including the animals, while those basically indentured to the circus remain – and find themselves little more than navvies in a tawdry supermarket managed by a very unpleasant owner. When a book starts at Chapter 4 you know you are in for a completely unusual read and this is the case.
Fizz is the definite hero here as he digs deeper (especially at his library!) to find out why the Ringmaster just upped and sold the circus. He runs into old friends (from previous books) and triumphantly they resolve the whole debacle.
It is fun, it is wacky and will definitely be a hit with young readers who have a yen for humour.
Watch This Space 2: In the Pink
August 29, 2016
Random House Australia Children’s
Previous readers of this blog will know of my attachment to Colin Thompson’s work. I have been patiently waiting for the second instalment in the newest series which will no doubt prove every bit as popular as the well-worn Floods titles on my library shelves.
The Contrast family, sent into space by entrepreneur Radius Limpfast, in the most exciting reality TV show yet are bored out of their brains after a mere week in space. When they realise that they are trapped for five years things look grim but fortunately (?) their genius robot rRego knows what is needed. He hacks into the spaceship and re-directs the family to what they think will be Earth – except it’s not.
Weirdly the family ends up on a very Earth-like planet – well except for that thing about the planet seems to have turned pink and has a couple of extra moons – and a strange human-disguised lizard population.
As usual Colin’s play on words, and digs at popular culture are prevalent and highly amusing.
Your Floods devotees are very quickly going to take up this newest series and I predict you will need multiple copies to keep up with demand.