I was very very wary when I discovered that some famous Aussies – Isla Fisher and Alan Brough – were breaking into the children’s book scene. However, they have astounded me – two incredibly funny offerings from two incredibly wonderful Aussies.
Marge in Charge – Isla Fisher
1st August 2016, Allen&Unwin
168 pages, 4/5 stars
Marge in Charge is a wondrously funny collection. There are three stories in the book, featuring Jemima, Jake and their amazing babysitter Marge, who is incredibly tiny, and grew up in a palace! She always adds something fun to the to-do list Mum leaves behind.
There are some crazy adventures to be had – I think I’d like to try the chocolate soup Marge creates as an entree for her charges! They are very funny stories to be shared as a family, and there will be more Marge coming early next year!
The illustrations by Eglantine Ceulemans are also just fantastic! Buy Marge in Charge from Booktopia!
Charlie and the War Against the Grannies – Alan Brough
28th June 2016, PanMacmillan Australia
276 pages, 5/5 stars
Charlie Duncan didn’t mean to blow anyone up; he just wanted a paper round.
It all started when Charlie asked two grannies about a paper round and ended up with a face full of rooster brand chilli sauce instead of answers. Suspicious behaviour for a pair of grannies! So Charlie, along with his best friend Hils, decides to go to war. The characters are absolutely awesome, Hils especially – she’s a primary school student who wants to join the army, and often acts as though she is on a covert operation.
Action-packed, and stupidly funny, Charlie and the War Against the Grannies is a truly wonderful story for boys and girls alike. Text boxes with interesting tidbits are scattered throughout – my favourite tells you how to say ‘fart’ in ten different languages! There was also a fantastic concept introduced – the idea of the digital orphan, whose parents are too absorbed in their devices to know what their child is doing. Amusing, but also scarily accurate! Buy Charlie and the War Against the Grannies from Booktopia!
I participated (a teeny tiny little bit) in a podcast with Alan for work – it’s pretty entertaining listening!
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